After 34 years in the hairdressing industry, it is fair to say there's not a hair fashion trend that Tina Mazzeo hasn’t seen come… and go. This is why Tina’s real passion for hairdressing is in recreating a total look for clients, especially those looking for inspiration and an expert’s eye for what brings out their best features and compliments their lifestyle.
The ability to create bouncy curls or waves with a flat iron (we know, it seems counter-intuitive!) is a biggie in the beauty industry and merits a bit more discussion. If you’re totally lost and there aren’t enough video tutorials on the planet to explain this weird yet awesome process, don’t worry! Just follow along with our step-by-step guide and you will be curling with the best of them in no time!
BUYER BEWARE: I bought this from Amazon LLC, but the product would NOT register as authentic on ghd's site. I tried the hologram code and date code multiple times, but the site wouldn't verify the numbers. Also there was no country of manufacture listed on the unit, the box or the booklet. The styler looked great and was packaged well. Did the unit and stickers look authentic? Yes in every way. But the ghd site states: "fake ghd products are virtually impossible to spot." I called ghd, and a rep said sometimes legit numbers aren't accepted by the site (?!) - and told me that sometimes fake numbers go through. So in the end not sure what good the checker does. The rep did add that "Amazon is not an authorized dealer for ghd products." And the rep echoed what another reviewer said, "the only way to authenticate a styler not bought from us or an authorized dealer is to send it in to the warehouse." That's too much trouble for anyone. Is the one I bought legit? I just can't tell for sure. I'm not taking the risk. Returning it to Amazon.
Most reviewers on Ulta love the GHD Gold, praising how quickly it heats up, how it makes their hair feel, and how long this tool has lasted them. Some reviewers did feel that it was too expensive and didn't like the lack of control they had over the temperature setting. While those with very fine hair may find the 365-degree setting too hot, the lack of different settings, in this case, is to help prevent hair damage. The price is steeper than some, but it's also a straightener that's built to last, which helps justify the price.

Established in 1928 and privately owned by our people, GHD operates across five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America – and the Pacific region. We employ more than 8500 people in 200+ offices to deliver projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics across the entire asset value chain. Driven by a client-service led culture, we connect the knowledge, skill and experience of our people with innovative practices, technical capabilities and robust systems to create lasting community benefits.


I tried to break everything up on the chart by category so it’s easier to narrow things down, but you have to keep in mind there is a ton of overlap in styling tools. You can have large ceramic tourmaline and small titanium steam as well as just about a thousand other options. The point is, although my table is here for those of you who already have an idea of what you want, there is a small chance you might end up looking at something with a few extra bells and whistles because there is so much overlap. If you’re not sure what different kinds of irons there are, head over to my buying guide so you can get that all sorted out before you start reading the reviews.
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GHD’s “styler” is permanently set to 365 degrees Fahrenheit, which the company says is the highest temperature hair can tolerate before it becomes damaged. As a person who went from a dark brunette to blonde highlights, I can vouch for its straightening power on processed hair. And though I don’t typically think of “comfort” as a flat iron necessity, the springy hinge that connects the two plates really did make it easier to clamp and glide the tool down my hair with minimal effort.
I have always used cheap drugstore hair dryers. I had very expensive microlink extensions put in before my wedding, and decided I should splurge and get a "good" dryer. I ordered a Rusk SpeedFreak and have regretted it since I ordered it a year ago. It blows so hard my hair ends up in knots (with and without the extensions in). We just bought a fishing camp and I decided this was the perfect excuse to get a new dryer and put the rusk dryer at the camp. I am so glad I ordered this! What a difference! I've used the GHD flat iron for years, and recently purchased the curl wand. My hair dresser recommends GHD, and this dryer is as good as the other things I've used from them. It dries quickly, quietly, and the best part - doesn't blow so hard my hair is in knots. Maybe I'm crazy, but I really think my hair is softer feeling with this dryer compared to my other and my hair doesn't seem to get as frizzy.
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best curling irons, hair dryers, and even a certain curling iron used on the Victoria’s Secret Angels, here, we’re going deep on the best flat irons and hair straighteners on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

When shopping for the best hair straightener for your unique hair type, it can be difficult to decipher all of the different styles and specs. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and created this all-inclusive guide to finding the best hair straightener for your unique head o’ hair, so you can spend less time scrolling through pages of products and more time rocking your new dream do’!
As one of the hottest hair straighteners we have reviewed (temperature-wise…although it is pretty to look at, we have to admit…), the Solano Sleek Heat 450 Professional Flat Iron can reach temperatures of up to 450° F in as little as 60 seconds! This Solano hair straightener also features thin 1 inch plates, making it an ideal choice for anyone with short or medium length hair and the quick heat time ensures that even the most stubborn of curls can be tackled with a little extra heat. If you are looking or something a little larger though, it is also available with 1.54-inch plates too.

This is a great blow dryer compared to a lot of the other pricier products out there! It dries my hair quickly without overheating it & causing damage. I like that it has two heat & power settings as well as the cool shot button. The cord is very long which is a nice feature. The only slight drawback is that it’s a little heavy to hold. Yet, since my hair dries much faster it isn’t a huge problem. I’m very happy with this blow dryer and highly recommend it!
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This is a great blow dryer compared to a lot of the other pricier products out there! It dries my hair quickly without overheating it & causing damage. I like that it has two heat & power settings as well as the cool shot button. The cord is very long which is a nice feature. The only slight drawback is that it’s a little heavy to hold. Yet, since my hair dries much faster it isn’t a huge problem. I’m very happy with this blow dryer and highly recommend it!
If you’ve ever used a CHI hair straightener before, then you’re probably pretty well acquainted with the turn dial temperature control of models’ past. While this dial design made it easy to switch on your hair straightener each morning (even before you have had your morning coffee!), it also made it all too easy to accidentally change the temperature during use.
Sadly, the plates in the LumaBella Keratin Duel Touch Hair Straightener won’t begin to magically levitate on your bathroom sink! BUT they do float in the frame! They are specially engineered to deliver a consistent heat with a smooth glide, and their design enables a flexible grip on the straightener, giving you great results no matter how you hold it. Even better, it won’t tug or pull like so many others on the market. The result is pain-free styling in a fraction of the time!
Each flat iron has its own 15-digit code on hologram which can be verified at GHD website. - One 1" ghd flat iron with cap. Smoother gold plates glide effortlessly through the hair to make straightening on all hair types and lengths even quicker and easier, while their contoured edges help to create perfect curls and waves, all with a high shine, salon-style finish.
Easy-to-use and safer for strands, the ghd Classic 1" Inch Styler with ceramic heat technology operates at the optimum 365°F styling temperature for smooth, no-frizz styling. It delivers professional, long-lasting results, sealing the cuticle for a glossy finish that looks salon-done and stays flawless all day. Designed for utmost styling flexibility, the versatile one-inch round barrel makes it easy to straighten, curl, or wave all hair types and lengths. It heats up in 30 seconds and works fast so you can effortlessly create everyday styles in a snap, while the smooth-contoured floating plates glide through strands without snagging or pulling.
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