I was once told at a hair and beauty event that it is not necessarily the hair type you have or the condition it’s in that determines your good or bad hair days (a common misconception), it’s the tools you use to style it.
Take for example, when you’ve been to the gym and used one of the cheap hairdryers provided there, or worse still – at the swimming pool, have you noticed that your hair never really looks the same as how you style it at home? It makes sense really, so having been looking into buying myself a new hairdryer for awhile really, when Best British Bloggers offered to send me their popular ghd air hairdryer, I practically jumped at their feet. Already, I am a loyal fan and user of ghd’s products, so I had high expectations for their hairdryers.
Each beautifully packaged in a black matte box, the products give off a very luxurious, high quality and chic feel from the very first instance, which although may sound a little shallow, is something I definitely look for when considering making a ‘hair’ tool purchase. Great packaging, doesn’t always mean a great product – but in this case, it certainly was.
Going from an old Phillips hair dryer to a brand new ghd air dryer is actually quite a strange experience, because not only is the ghd air ten times more powerful than my old one, but it is also so much easier to maneuver and create styles with. Whereas my old one tangled and knotted my hair due to its relatively low power and medium heat, the new hairdryer manages to completely dry my hair in half the time, with a more glossy finish. Not only does this free up a bit of time in the morning, but it also means that I leave the house looking less bedraggled than I normally do.
Last weekend, I really put my new hair dryer to the test by using it to style both my hair and my clip-in extensions. I’ve never really experimented with this when I had my old hairdryer, as it used to tangle my hair into the extensions and frizz the ends so that I couldn’t blend the two together, so I considered myself brave for giving it a go. I wanted a wavy/mermaid like look, so I used a barrel brush to gently curl my natural hair and my extensions into a soft wave. I slowly pulled the barrel brush through right until the end of my hair, whilst blasting it with the medium heat – and I was quite pleased with the final result!
Usually, loose waves take me around an hour to create using my tongs or straighteners, but with a hairdryer, it actually took just under twenty minutes – result! For a hair style that looks so polished and glossy, its actually fairly hassle free. The only thing I would say with regards to curls created with a hair dryer is that they tend to drop much quicker than when using a straightening treatment, so hair spray or finishing spray is recommended.
See, it’s even snow proof. Well, almost!
So, I completely agree with the claim that ‘it’s the tools you use that determine the overall result’. I no longer leave the house with knotted, tangled hair thinking to myself ‘oh, this will do’. I’ve actually found, weirdly, since using the ghd air hair dryer that I use heat treatment on my hair far less, as I no longer need to use higher temperature tools to style it. Of course, my trusty ghd straightener’s will always have a place on my dressing table. But at the moment, my ghd air hairdryer is the one in my hand, being used, more often than not.
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