When I think about all of the hair styling tools I own, I can honestly say that there is one brand that has been there for me for over twelve years. Twelve years of having super straight, or tumbled and tousled hair courtesy of the brand that has become synonymous with hair styling. Of course, I’m talking about ghd, the brand that has been making my hair look amazing for over a decade. In my ghd lifetime, I’ve had three pairs of the classic styler, in various limited edition designs and now I have just added a fourth to the mix. My first pair were the classic slim black styler which lasted several years, until I upgraded to the limited edition leopard print ‘Rare’ styler. Glossy black with gold flecked plates, and housed in a leopard print pouch, they could have been made for me. I then received the beautiful Birds of Paradise Coral straighteners as a gift, which I still use now. As I travel so frequently, I have my Birds of Paradise straighteners in my suitcase, whilst at home, I have upgraded to the brand new, and oh so beautiful Platinum Styler in Serene Pearl.
The new ghd Platinum Styler has been designed with hair in mind, and looks at safer styling with heat that doesn’t damage hair. Using the Tri-Zone technology that has also been introduced into the curling tongs that are now available, it guarantees the optimum styling temperature from root to tip. The three sensors within each plate keep the heat consistent as the plates run through your hair. This then makes hair feel stronger and look shinier during usage, as well as making it a lot more easier to run the straightener through the hair. The science behind the Tri-Zone technology is the interesting part, but I had to compare the old styler to the new ghd Platinum Styler to see if it really did deliver.
As well as the technology, the ghd Platinum Styler has a wishbone hinge compared to the old style styler, which helps hold hair precisely in the plates without slipping, for better precision. At first try, I did find it more difficult to control than with the old styler, as it does feel different in your hand and when working it through the hair. My hair is quite short now which means that I can get away with just blow drying it, but for a sleeker finish, I do like to use a styler to finish off my look. Using the ghd Platinum Styler, I find that my hair looks like it has had a sleek blow dry, rather than looking like straighteners have been used on it.
I’m using both straighteners regularly, so I can see and feel the difference in both. Whilst I find the ghd Platinum Styler easier for straightening, I do struggle with curling my short hair with the Platinum as the plates and styler are slightly wider. The Birds Of Paradise has a lot more control for shorter hair when it comes to curling just down to the fact that the plates are smaller in width.
The ghd Platinum Styler in Serene Pearl is a truly beautiful styler; iridescent purple mixed with light green, it’s stunning to look at. It looks expensive, which at £165, it’s not the cheapest styler out there. It also comes with a very handy heat resistant plate guard which has saved me from burning myself whilst they’re still cooling down. Theey also have a universal voltage, making them perfect for travel whilst the sleep mode has stopped me worrying that I may have left my straighteners on whilst I’m not in the house. The gorgeous serene pearl matching heat resistant pouch is also a lovely touch; great for storage and also ideal for keeping your hot straighteners from burninbg furniture, and even worse, your carpet. I bet I’m not the only one who has done that in the past!
It looks like the Serene Pearl colour isn’t available online but the glossy black, glossy white and electric pink versions of the ghd Platinum Styler are. There’s also £20 off at the moment, bringing the price down to £145. If you’re on the lookout for a new styler, then the Platinum is definitely worth looking at. If you head into Selfridges or a ghd stockist, ask for a mini hair makeover and see just how wonderful they work on even the hardest to style hair.
*Contains PR Samples