How hot do GHD straighteners get?

Updated February 21, 2017

The GHD Hair Straightener, premiering in 2001, is a brand of hot iron designed to remove curls and waves from hair. However, GHD Straighteners can get exceedingly hot, up to almost 204 degrees C, which may lead to hair damage.

Maximum temperature

GHD straighteners do not have adjustable heat settings. According to the GHD website, "The plates achieve very high temperatures, typically 188 degrees C (370ºF)." From a sampling of similarly priced straighteners on, the range of temperatures (including those with adjustable heat settings) is between 60 degrees C (140°F) and 232 degrees C (450°F).


GHD straighteners come in different sizes, including full-size and mini straighteners. The full-size GHD straightener is good for longer, thicker hair because it has wider ceramic plates. The mini GHD straightener is ideal for shorter hair because the ceramic plates are narrow. The straighteners are generally made of black plastic with gold-hued ceramic plates.

Protection from Heat

GHD carries styling products to prevent your hair from becoming damaged by the high heat settings of its straighteners. Products include: Cleanse and Nourish (shampoo and conditioner), Protect (a liquid with thermal-deflecting ingredients), Style (sprays, balms, lotions, and mousse) and Finish (waxes, serums, and sprays).


Applying heat to hair can easily damage the hair, especially when it comes to very high temperatures. High heat can literally burn hair, and within normal ranges, can cause moisture depletion to the point that hair becomes very dry; hair without moisture may become brittle and breakage may occur.

In order to prevent damage to your hair, consider speaking with a hair professional in order to determine which hair straightener is best for your hair type. Always read instructions and suggestions for your particular hair type. Before using a hot iron, be sure to put a protective product on your hair.

Where to Buy

GHD straighteners and other products may be purchased online at

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Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.