About a decade ago, my life changed. I’d been dragging a set of Babyliss Smooth & Shine straighteners through my poor tangled hair for a good while, and then suddenly someone introduced me to GHDs. I was living in a house with nine other girls at the time, and as the weeks went on, there were also ten pairs of GHDs living with us as well. It was like a revolution. Ceramic plates? Hot temperatures? Suddenly we all had the (identical) shiny, flippy and straight hair that we’d been dreaming of.
Fast forward several years, and I am on to my second pair of GHDs. I know they damage my hair, and I only ever straighten my hair every fortnight or so, but I still can’t live without them. So, imagine my delight when GHD got in touch with me to ask if I fancied testing out their most recent offering, the Boho Chic styler.
Gone is the poker straight hair of the early 2000s. Thank goodness – it was far too much in the way of maintenance, and having to run around with an umbrella all the time soon got a bit much. I’m loving the looser waves and less flat hair that has taken over in recent years, and this iron offers just that. Actually, it’s GHDs Gold Classic styler, but all dressed up in some Boho packaging.
The box is beautifully presented, all lined with tissue, and I was delighted to see that the iron comes housed in a suede fringed pouch – very boho!
Inside you can see the tool itself, and you also get a pair of clips, which are made from some lovely tactile rubber, meaning that they don’t catch or drag when you use them to separate your hair sections. Brilliant!
One feature I really like is that the Gold Classic finally comes with a safety feature whereby they switch themselves off if left unused for more than 30 minutes. This is awesome, as I have lost count of the number of times I have had to check that I have unplugged them, often having to get my husband to double-check these things, or come home again to make triple sure. Terrible, hey? I bet I’m not alone though.
The irons also come with a lid type thing that is used to keep the tips of the straighteners together. Fabulous – this not only keeps them neat and tidy, but also means that you can put them away when they are still warm.
The whole principle of Boho Chic hair is the creation of loose waves. It took me a long time and a detailed lesson from my hairdresser to learn how to do curls with my original GHDs (back in the days before YouTube tutorials) and I’m pleased to say that thanks to the rounder and larger barrels of the Boho Chic iron, this is much easier to achieve than with the standard GHDs that I bought about six years ago.
The instructions say to clamp a section of your hair, and then rotate the iron 180 degrees to create root lift and volume. This goes against everything I’ve ever done when straightening my hair (in, down, try and avoid the kink at the root). But once you get the hang of it, it is super easy and the smooth plates just glide through the hair with no pulling or catching. Just keep rotating the iron as you move down the hair, and hey presto, perfect waves. I’ve also tried this to straighten my hair as per normal and it worked just as well.
Here are some photos of my hair after using the Boho Chic GHD for the first time. I am seriously impressed. And yes, I do have a massive grey streak.
The GHD Boho Chic retails at £129.00 and are available here. They are limited edition though, so hurry up!