Review: GHD Gold Professional 1″ Styler

GHD Gold Professional 1″ Styler ($225)
Provided for consideration by

 Features (from website):

  • Includes protective plate guard to cover hot plates for easy storage and travel
  • Cooler, lighter body
  • Smoother plates
  • Professional finish
  • Ceramic heaters
  • Contoured plates
  • Rounded barrel
  • Heats up to 374F
  • Sleep mode
  • Universal voltage
  • Authenticity guaranteed
  • 2-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty


  • Heats up very quickly
  • Plate guard helps for travel and storage (no need to wait so long for plates to cool down!)
  • Super thin, light, and compact
  • Smooth plates
  • Automatic Sleep Mode feature is great for safety
  • 2 year warranty


  • Price reflects the “professional salon” quality ($225)
    • I personally purchase from Folica and subscribe to their newsletter. They frequently send out promotions and coupon codes that help with the price of these styling tools.
  • No adjustable temperature dial

Compared to the g.h.d. Classic Styler ($185):
+ Slightly better performance
= Heats up very quickly
= No adjustable temperature (one setting only)
= Automatic Sleep Mode feature available in both
- 20% more expensive

Overall Comments
I bought the g.h.d. Classic Styler about 1-2 years ago, and it was already my favourite straightener. This is hands down my new favourite iron for straightening only. I know $225 is a lot to pay, but if you’re like me and constantly on the lookout for the perfect iron, this could very well be The One. For most people, buying this iron at this price point is unnecessary – you can get great (or maybe even equal!) results with the g.h.d. Classic Styler… or even other irons if they work well enough for you!

Not having adjustable temperature doesn’t make a HUGE difference to me, because my hair is quite thick and coarse, so I use a pretty high setting on adjustable irons anyway. However, for those of you with finer hair, you’re better off looking for an iron that allows you to use a lower temperature setting.

The auto Sleep Mode feature on the g.h.d. irons is a great safety check that gives me peace of mine.

When it comes to curling…this iron claims to be easier to use to create flawless curls and waves. To be honest, yes it was a bit easier to get nice looking curls, but it wasn’t so much easier that I would recommend getting this iron for that reason alone. This would be a non-deciding factor for me.

Would I Recommend?

Only for those who are having a difficult time finding a styling iron that performs well on their hair. For most people, I think the g.h.d. Classic Styler would be sufficient (at $40 less, too!). I wouldn’t recommend this for people who have fine hair who are already able to see good results using a lower temperature setting on other irons.


This item sent to me for free by for consideration as a part of the Folica Review Program but the views and opinions are that of my own. I did not receive any compensation or benefit for this review. For details of my full editorial policy, please click here.

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