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How To: ghd Curls & Waves

ghd-iv-styler

As you may remember, I recently hosted a ghd IV styler giveaway. Pretty exciting stuff. I hope to be able to run another one at some point, if there is enough interest in these great stylers. (Maybe? Silently begs the ghd gods.) Anyway, I am totally in love with mine. It gets my hair more smooth and straight than any other flat iron I’ve ever tried. And it’s also makes curling and waving really simple, which is  something I always struggled to achieve with other stylers. I thought it would be helpful to compile a little how to here on ghd curling/waving techniques…

How To Curl With Your ghd:

  1. After lightly misting your hair with ghd Thermal Protector, section the hair and lightly mist with ghd Creation Spray. (Both products are reviewed below.)
  2. Place the ghd styling iron vertically 1 inch away from the root. Gently close the iron with minimum tension.
  3. Turn the iron clockwise by 90 degrees. Continue to turn the iron by another 90 degrees.
  4. For an intense curl, pull the iron very slowly away from the head in a continuous smooth movement, for a less intense curl you can move the iron more quickly through the hair.
  5. An s-shaped vertical curl is created. To complete the style repeat through all sections.
  6. Finally, separate the curls with your hands.

In case you’re a visual learner, here’s a handy dandy video on how to curl from ghd. Trust me, it makes a lot more sense once you see it!

After the break, find out how to create two different kinds of waves with your ghd and read my reviews of ghd Thermal Protector and ghd Creation Spray.

How To Achieve Waves With Your ghd:

  1. After lightly misting your hair with ghd Thermal Protector, section the hair, and lightly mist with ghd Creation Spray to add shine and hold when styling.
  2. Place the ghd styling iron vertically 1 inch away from the root. Gently close the iron with minimum tension.
  3. Turn the iron clockwise by 90 degrees.
  4. For a soft wave, pull the iron quickly through the hair away from the head in a continuous smooth movement.
  5. An s-shaped vertical curl is created. To complete the style repeat through all sections.
  6. Finally, separate the waves with your hands creating soft and loose waves.

Basically, the difference with the wave is that you only turn the iron clockwise by 90 degrees once instead of twice and you pull the iron through your hair more quickly than with the curly style. Once you have the basic ghd curl and wave technique down, you can work on this gorgeous, unique wave shown in the video below. I think I’d need to watch this video as I did the technique, but once I got it down, I’d be good to go. Have any of you tried this? I think the end result is so cool.


ghd-thermal-protector

In other ghd news, I recently tested out the ghd Thermal Protector. When you use any heat appliance on your hair, it’s a good idea to use some type of barrier or protector on your hair, and according to ghd, this Thermal Protector increases protection against heat by 50%. To use, you just spray the product onto clean, damp hair prior to drying and before using your ghd styling iron on dry hair. When I used this, on my damp hair prior to blow drying, my hair ended up smooth and shiny afterward. I also tried it before I used the ghd and it worked like a charm, allowing the iron to glide through my hair while providing extra hold and shine. The ghd performs excellently on its own, but I think with styling products, the styles hold longer and provide a more polished look. Plus, they protect your hair from the heat styling stress!

What stands out in the ingredient list is that SD Alcohol 40-B is second on the list, which can be drying. (By the way, the ‘B’ added in SD Alcohol 40 just notes that a bitter tasting substance known as denatonium benzoate was added to the alcohol in the product. The More You Know!) Also of note is Dimethicone and some parabens, but as I have pointed out, these ingredients are in many products, so it’s just something I am noting. Overall, I found this product did what it said it was going to do–It smoothed and conditioned my hair, kept my cuticles flat, and gave a nice invisible hold without stickiness.  Price: $25.00 / 5.1 oz

ghd Creation Spray is great for when you want the style you’re creating with your ghd to really stay put, especially when you’re creating waves or curls. It contains UVA protection and helps retain the hair’s moisture and elasticity when heat-styling. Contains panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) for plumping and moisturising, reducing split ends, and to help hair absorb conditioning moisture.  Price: $26.00

An editorial samples were provided by the company so I could review these products. Please see my About page for further information on Disclosure policies.


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