How hot do GHD straighteners get?

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How hot do GHD straighteners get?
Woman with straight, shiny hair over her face. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Flóra Soós)

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.

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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 folica.com, the range of temperatures (including those with adjustable heat settings) is between 60 degrees C (140°F) and 232 degrees C (450°F).

How hot do GHD straighteners get?
Hair straighteners can achieve extreme temperatures (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Types

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.

How hot do GHD straighteners get?
Hair straighteners come in different sizes (Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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).

How hot do GHD straighteners get?
They come with products to prevent damage from the heat (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Considerations

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.

How hot do GHD straighteners get?
Use the products to prevent damage from the heat (Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Where to Buy

GHD straighteners and other products may be purchased online at GHDHair.com.

How hot do GHD straighteners get?
Purchase them online (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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