Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Rachael Reviews - GHD Air Hairdryer

If you've been reading this little old blog for a while, you'll know that I'm pretty obsessed with haircare. Until last month I'd spent over a year gradually lightening my hair because colour build up had made it WAY too dark for me - I'm pretty pale and not getting any younger so it really wasn't flattering. A lighter shade did wonders for my complexion and disguised the errant greys that sprout through every month but the repeated highlighting took it's toll on my hair and I wasn't happy

I've had long hair for years and I like to wear it fairly natural. A good cut means that it falls nicely even if I don't do a 'proper blow dry' and my hair has always been soft and tangle free, easy for me to run my fingers through (a habit that annoys me as much as it must annoy everyone else I meet) Ditching the bleach and having about 4 inches cut off the long layers got rid of the worst of the strawlike ends that had developed but there was still visible damage - you know those frizzy flyaway hairs that refuse to lay straight and sleek? They are my bugbear

I was a bit concerned that my previous hairdryer wasn't helping matters. It would get INCREDIBLY hot, too hot to touch the nozzle and it used to steam up the windows when I used it which made me wonder what it was doing for my hair

I'd seen the GHD Air hairdryer reviewed elsewhere and was seriously tempted by the promises of sleeker, smoother hair but at £99.95 it seemed extortionate, especially when I already had a fully functioning hairdryer. However, John Lewis had it in their sale between Christmas and New Year with £20 off so I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself. For Christmas, you know ...

So when it arrived I was excited by the pretty box, silly I know but when I spend a lot of money on something I want it to feel like a treat and it really did! The dryer comes with two separate nozzles - I've been using the wider one as it seems more conducive to the sleek finish I prefer and, as I use a HUGE paddle brush to dry my hair with, it covers a larger area of the brush than the smaller nozzle

The dryer itself has two different speeds and two different heat settings. I've been using the high speed and the lower heat. If I were to do a proper blow dry with a round brush I'd probably use the hotter setting (neither are as hot as the medium setting which I used on my old dryer) There is also a cool shot button to set your style

The dryer is lighter and quieter than I expected and has a salon length cable - all things you'd expect for this price. It's an ionic dryer, which is something I've never tried and always assumed was a bit of a gimmick. I won't pretend that I understand how this works but IT DOES

The difference in my hair after the first use was unbelievable. Usually my hair would be a bit wild after I dried it, a bit ... BIG. I couldn't wash my hair in the morning because I'd need to sleep on it to flatten it down a bit before I could be seen in public. Not with this dryer - it was unrecognisable. Smooth, sleek and silky straight away. It seemed a waste to sleep on it!  Not only that but I estimate that it cut my drying time in half thanks to the powerful 2100w motor, even making light work of the back section which usually takes ages to dry. The damaged bits of my hair were far less visible as most of them were lying smooth against the rest of my hair and overall it looked shinier than usual as well as being tangle free

I put this down to two things. Firstly, the amazing nozzle which concentrates airflow precisely, allowing you to really smooth the hair downwards. Secondly - I guess - the ionic technology. Whatever that is. But I used the same shampoo/conditioner/styling product combo as usual so the difference can really only be down to the dryer

The only minor niggle is the positioning of the buttons - they are exactly where I'd normally hold the dryer so I have to hold it a little more carefully to avoid switching it off accidentally. But that's no biggie - I can definitely deal with it

Overall this hairdryer gets 9.5/10 from me, losing half a point for the button positions. But the results are amazing and (how sad is this?) I actually look forward to washing and drying my hair because I love using it so much! I'm sure the novelty will wear off soon but at the moment it doesn't feel like the chore it used to be

Although it's no longer in the sale, John Lewis have some sort of cashback offer in conjunction with GHD until the end of the month so if you have some Christmas money to spend and you are haircare obsessed like me ... get to it!


  1. A lovely treat to yourself, why not eh! :)

    I would love to try something like this but alas, it is rather expensive. I'm glad you found it worth the money though, I would consider this in the future.

    Amy xx

  2. My hair gets so crazy after I blow dry it..and I have frizzy hair to begin with. I'm so tempted to buy this now but I've just recently bought myself a GHD straightner. I'm definitely putting this on my wish list :P

    ♥ Anusha

  3. I was thinking of getting ghd hair straightener. Heard its equally good!njoy your new dryer..xx

  4. I began by reading this a bit dubiously thinking, 'it's probably going to be really expensive and that's it' but hearing that it really does the job is very intriguing as I'm very much a wash and go type of person. Thanks for the review! x

  5. Oooh I didn't realise a hairdryer would make such a change to your hair condition, I have the exactly the same problem with little flyaways all over my head. I wish it wasn't so expensive, but I can save! xxx

  6. My parents always ask me what I want for my birthday and I usually just mumble something about not needing anything because I can never remember what I want when my actual birthday comes round... This is going on my list! I was really looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it so thanks for the review :)

  7. I may be keeping this in mind for my birthday at the end of the year! I have such problems with frizz with my hair, its worse if I leave it to dry naturally but even with a hairdryer there's flyaway hair everywhere! Definitely food for thought...thanks!

  8. Oooh sounds amazing! I have crazy curly hair though and can't really blow dry my hair at the best of times- I always need a diffuser. Do you know if that's an option with this? I've had too many: "oh, you've been making toast in the bath?" comments to handle! Glad it's been such a revelation :-) xx

  9. I have this dryer and can't live without it now!

  10. I'm so pleased you wrote this review because I've been eyeing this up for a while. I'd be lost with out my GHD straighteners and they are worlds apart from other brands so I'm not surprised the dryer is awesome too. You can justify paying alot when you know you're getting something good. I like the box too!

  11. I've looking forward to this review since you first mentioned your purchase. You're right,£99 does sound extortionate for a hairdryer, but I think you've pretty much sold it to me nonetheless. As if effortlessly smooth hair wasn't enough, what really swung it for me was the halved drying time - I absolutely hate drying my hair and usually have to do it in several bursts as I can't bear to sit there and do it all in one go!
    Mel xx


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