So this post needs to start with a couple of confessions. First off… I straighten my hair. A lot. Like every time I wash it. So, in order to write this blog post, I’ve included pictures of what my hair looks like when it has not been straightened.
Surprisingly I don’t feel the need to label which of these photos is which…
Second confession. I’m totally a ghd girl. I’ve always been a ghd girl. I was one of those teenagers who literally ironed their hair. Like with my head laid out on the ironing board and a stream iron pointed at my noggin.
When handheld straighteners first came out… I tried them all – ceramic, glass… you name it – I gave it a go and I was always, ALWAYS, disappointed.
Then when I was backpacking I met someone who had a ghd. I was blown away as it glided through my hair and left my curls shiny and straight. It was a hair-miracle. When I came back to Australia in 2007, I bought a brand new one all of my own. Fast forward almost 8 years later and that same ghd is still going pretty strong. I have my suspicions that it’s not quite as hot as it used to be, but after 8 years of service, I’m one loyal and happy customer.
I think it’s pretty impressive that an appliance used almost daily for 8 years is still going strong, and so I had no real desire to change from ghd. I’ve had my eye on a new one for quite a while, however as luck would have it, I actually won a brand new top-of-the-line Cloud nine straightener from Danimezza’s Birthday Giveaway.
I’d always heard impressive reviews of Cloud Nine… But I was skeptical. Very skeptical. However, since I have one, I decided to give it a real go, and compare my ghd and Cloud Nine with an open mind.
Ok, so in the ‘looks’ department – my old ghd looks very weathered next to the slick and sleek all-black Cloud 9. I know that ghd has really improved the look of their straighteners recently – so I don’t really think that’s a true differentiating factor between them. Plus I’m all about performance – I don’t mind using something that’s ugly if it gets results.
One point of difference is the temperature control on the Cloud 9. It was very fast to heat up. I originally had it set to 150, but quickly turned it up to the maximum to get the results I was used to. Given that I had to have it on the top temperature to get results on my unruly hair, I’m not sure that having a different temperatures is that important to me. Maybe if you have thinner or wavy (not curly) hair – that may be a positive feature for you.
My hair had been washed and then put up in a bun to dry naturally the day before these pictures. So, how did the Cloud 9 do?
Ok, so, on the top temperature setting, did it live up to my ghd? I am very surprised to say that yes it did! I might even go as far to say that my hair felt softer using the Cloud 9 – my ghd can leave my trashed and split ends feeling really stiff. Now I totally blame the condition of my hair, not the straightener for that – but I did feel that my hair felt healthier after using the Cloud 9.
Also, I did not realise until using the Cloud 9, but the ghd was making my hair have a strange smell. It’s funny, I didn’t even realise there was a smell until it wasn’t there. I did mention this to a friend who suggested that perhaps I should clean my ghd – the smell is most likely left by residue of products on the straightening plates. I’m going to look into that!
So, my ends felt softer – and healthier, but I did have to use more strokes of the Cloud 9 to get the same result I get from my ghd, so overall it took a bit longer to straighten my hair.
Overall, I’m very happy with my new Cloud 9 and I’ll happily use it in place of my ghd. If I was setting out to purchase a new one and had to choose between the ghd and Cloud 9… Honestly… There’s not much difference in terms of performance so I’d probably look to price!
What about you? Are you Camp ghd or a Cloud Nine gal?