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    I've been looking around at hair straighteners for a while now, I have sort-of medium long hair (I'm a guy), at the moment it is cut short but I want to grow it back to how it was, big an "emo" (as my friends call it) fringe.

    The straighteners I have at the moment are cheap £30 things from Tesco, some Vidal Sassoon ones. They did the job for a while but have got a bit chipped around the ceramic coated plate.

    Anyway, my mum is a hair stylist and she has told me that whilst her GHDs are good, they seem to have a short life span if you use them a lot, one day they might just stop working.

    However she has told me what to look for.

    At least 200 degrees, apparently one or two faster passes with a very hot temperature is better for your hair than lots of passes at a lower temperature, as it reduces the contact time with your hair. Plus that's a lot more convenient!

    The plates need to be solid ceramic like GHDs are, not just coated metal plates, which is what my cheap ones were, eventually it wears away and starts to chip through to the metal underneath, which is no good.

    So, I am open to alternatives to GHDs, with te above requirements.

    Oh, and they can't be thick ones (nor the "slim" ones for men, they're crap), just the medium, about an inch wide.

    Not bothered about colour, they can be pink for all I care.
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    I think that FHIs would be the best alternative.
    Here's a link to a pair to see if they match what you want:

    http://www.saloneasy.com/straighteners/fhi.htm
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    try these ones
    http://www.gorgeousstraighteners.co.uk/products/72.htm
    they usually come with 'bling' but are cheaper without it.
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    (Original post by dd1989)
    Anyway, my mum is a hair stylist and she has told me that whilst her GHDs are good, they seem to have a short life span if you use them a lot, one day they might just stop working.
    Maybe I've just been lucky but I've had my GHDs for 6 years, used them everyday, sometimes twice a day, and they're still as good as new. So I think they're a really good investment.

    But I'd second FHIs if you want a cheaper alternative. I haven't actually tried them but I've heard a lot about them and they sound quite good.
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    I say it time and time again - Babyliss or Remington. They're some of the best straigteners you can get, and they work exactly the same as GHDs.
    Personally I'd recommend these, plates are just over an inch wide, adjustable heat, brilliant.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...pf_rd_i=468294
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    I've got the babyliss 330 ones i think - and they literally give the same results as ghds, can;t fault them, i got mine on offer for about £30, but therye usually around £50 i think x
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    (Original post by x Kris x)
    Maybe I've just been lucky but I've had my GHDs for 6 years, used them everyday, sometimes twice a day, and they're still as good as new. So I think they're a really good investment.
    :ditto:
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    There is no alternatives as good as ghds, trust me :yes:
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    SHE's are the next best thing to GHD's, they've started using them in a lot of salons around here, and my bf (ahem!) has a pair!

    http://www.shehair.com/
 
 
 
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