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Chi vs. ghd

Two months I ago invested in a major piece of machinery- a new flat iron. Investment is truly the right word, as these things don’t come cheap and they need to work reliably nearly every day for years. The last time I made this investment was 8 years. Yeah, that’s right- 8 YEARS AGO.
I bought a chi when they were the new kid on the block and ceramic was the newest technology. I am not exaggerating when I say that this iron changed my life. I no longer had curly hair that was flattened but still frizzy. I had straight hair. This iron lasted through boyfriends, friendships, college, trips overseas, 8 years of my life. When it stopped working, I nearly shed a tear.
Then I got all giddy because it meant I could finally try out the newest technology and see if there was something that worked even better than my chi. After scouring the interwebz, I decided on a ghd. It has a great reputation, works overseas, and I rarely hear about them breaking down.
Off I was to Sephora, and after nearly doing a spit-take at the price ($150 more than chi’s were currently going for), I brought it home. And I used it. And my hair… got straight.
Well wait, that’s it? No, not really. It heated up in about 10 seconds. The plates ran over my hair with incredible smoothness. With the chi, I needed at least two passes for each section,even when it worked well. The ghd needs exactly one pass.
If it sounds like I’m underwhelmed, I’m not. But I’m not overwhelmed. I’m… whelmed? Can you be whelmed? I think you can in Europe.* One of the features of the ghd is that the plates are curved at the edges, so you can create curls easily. Well, I could do that easily enough with my chi, but the ghd allows me to get some volume at the roots by getting the plates right up to my roots and pulling the iron through my hair while holding my hair straight up. That’s pretty sweet and my chi couldn’t do that at all.
They both got my hair perfectly straight, frizz-free, and super shiny. But really, $150 more? I don’t think it outperforms a chi by $150.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried both out?
check out the chi here
check out the ghd here

*Man, I miss the 90s. 10 Things I Hate About You was such an awesome movie.

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  • rosa February 16, 2010, 8:38 pm

    the ghd definitely changed my life. i was a chi girl until i bought this and there is no turning back! i don’t use it as much on my shorter hair, but on my longer hair the straightening time difference was definitely noticeable

  • anjali February 16, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Ah, my straightening iron is my best friend. I actually accidentally left mine in my boyfriend’s suitcase’s outside pocket though, and since he is now a continent away, guess I’m in the market for a new one! (I’m some best friend, huh?) The last time I bought one was 5 years ago, so it’s been a while for me too. I think straightening irons in general have improved a lot from the first ones I used to use back in the early 2000s, so I’m excited to see what was out there. My last one was either a CHI or a Sedu (I honestly don’t remember, my mom and I used to use ours interchangably), so I guess I can start there, and I also remember making a mental note to try the BaByliss PRO Nano last year as my hairdresser used it on me and it was *awesome*. Definitely heard great things about the ghd too though. I don’t mind splurging big time on a hair iron since I use it religiously, but I wish there was some sort of test drive program so you could actually figure out which ones you liked better and which ones weren’t actually different despite the extra cost!

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