This post and video demo each of the four ghd curling irons to show the type of curl they make for your hair. I wanted to have a guide available to help you choose the right iron or wand for your hair type and personal preference!
1” Classic Curl Iron is best for:
1.25” Soft Curl Iron is best for:
Classic Wave Wand (Oval barrel) is best for:
Creative Curl Wand (tapered barrel) is best for:
CLAMP IRONS | I find that the 1” and 1.25” irons with a clamp are best for frizzier hair types. They grasp the hair tightly between the barrel and clamp, which is key for smoothing frizz out, and smooth each side of the hair. Also, I will quickly straighten each piece with the curling iron before going back to curl it.
The 1” iron is great for shorter bobs or lob hair styles, as it can get close to the scalp. The 1.25” is my go-to wand for loose, easy waves and curls on shoulder length or longer hair. I’ve also used it in a pinch on vacation to straighten my hair when I din’t have space for a separate flat iron.
The 1.25″ curling iron is my personal most-used curler out of all four styles.
WANDS | The wands are amazing. They create really unique shapes and curls. I do prefer these for hair that already has a smooth texture. For frizzy hair texture (like mine) that doesn’t mean these ends won’t work for you, I just recommend blow drying your hair as smooth as possible before curling.
The creative curl and classic wave wands are my favorite to use on naturally curly clients, as it replicates natural spiral curls perfectly. I can touch up a piece of their hair that has fallen flat and it blends perfectly with the rest of their natural curls.
The classic wave wand creates super unique oval curls. If you want your hair styled but don’t want it to look “curled,” then this is the iron for you. This is a red-carpet favorite for celebrity stylists because it creates such perfect “not done-done” curls.
The barrel heats up to one consistent temperature, using what they call tri-zone technology, to make sure your hair doesn’t get burnt.
One of my favorite things about the ghd range is how long-lasting the styles are. The curls tend to last 2-3 days for me without needing to be touched up (which also saves my hair from repeated heat styling). I curl each piece for around twelve seconds and then hold it in place for another 5-6 seconds to cool. Make sure to let the curl cool completely before brushing or touching it.
For extensions, I recommend curling them hours or the day before and then letting them cool in shape overnight. I’ve done this before and my extension curls lasted a month. A MONTH!
The irons heat up to full heat within 30 seconds, no waiting required. They even beep when it’s ready to go. If you’ve ever plugged an old-school curling iron in and waited ten minutes for it to heat up, you know how incredible it is that the ghd heats up in 30 seconds.
Each of the irons retails for $199. While initially, this price might seem steep, I have had mine for over six years and used the 1.25″ iron on average once a week. I’ve also brought it with me on every trip I’ve taken. These irons are incredibly well made.
The next time someone asks you what you want for your birthday, tell them a gift card to Ulta or Sephora! Four $50 gift cards = $200 = you with a happy head of curls!
Also, I think it’s important to note that I have gone from getting 4-6 haircuts a year down to needing only 1-2, because my hair is so much healthier after switching to ghd irons. I’ve unintentionally saved money there, with the irons keeping my hair healthier and not needing as many trims.
I’ve also linked to ebay, as they had some great deals ($50 wands!) on these irons. If you do want a warranty, however, it’s probably best to stick with Ulta, Sephora, or ghd’s own site. If a warranty isn’t super important to you, then by all means shop ebay and get a great deal.
Just make sure to wipe down any hair tools you purchase with 70% isopropyl alcohol on a face cloth to sanitize before using (just like they do in a salon!). I’ve purchased hair tools from eBay and this is how I sanitize before using. I’ve had such good luck getting hot tools from ebay!
The ghd Heat Protect spray is the best heat protection spray that I have tried. I use in on both my natural hair and my girlgetglamorousHAIR hair extensions. It’s the only spray I’ve found that actually helps protect my hair from heat and helps my extensions last longer.
Honestly, you’ll probably be happy with any ghd iron you choose. They are such well-made products. I’ve been using mine for over four years now and they work just as amazing as they did on Day 1. I can not recommend these highly enough.
The curls do come out different from each barrel, so I hope my explanations of wand vs iron was helpful and that the demo further helped you decide which is the best iron for you.
I’ve never been happier with a hot tool! If you still have questions, feel free to leave a comment below. You never know, someone might be reading and have the same question as you!
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