July 02, 2012

Review - ghd AIR hairdryer

I'm sure you all know what a ghd styler is. But do you know what ghd stands for?

ghd = good hair day

And who doesn't want a good hair day? I had my last ghd straightener for over 7 years. It went traveling the world with me. It helped me look groomed at work. It helped me look glam when going out. It kept my dreaded cowlicks under control. And when it finally stopped working last year I didn't hesitate and invested in a newer model.

So when I was offered the opportunity to review the new professional hairdryer from the brand, ghd Air, how could I say no?
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Before I get to my thoughts on it, and some pics of my hair after having used the ghd Air, here are the product features.

  • Professional strength 2,100 Watt AC motor at 240v
  • Advanced ionic technology
  • Variable power & temperature controls, including cool shot
  • Ergonomic design for right & left handed users
  • Two concentrator nozzles 
  • 3m power cable

  • Buttons and switches are on the outside of the handle, which can take some getting used to. But on the plus side you won't accidentally change any of the settings as you adjust your grip. 
  • It has two heat and two speed settings - I ended up using the lowest heat, as the high heat was too hot even for my thick hair. I think it would be a godsend for people with really thick, curly hair. 
  • It's extremely fast at drying my hair. Normally it takes a good 15 minutes just to dry it, with this 5 minutes on low heat/high speed and I'm done. 
  • The coolshot button actually cools! And fast too. Perfect for giving a quick cool blast to set your style.
  • Two different sized concentrator nozzles means you can use the smaller one for the fringe and the larger one for the rest of your hair. 
  • It's heavier than what I'm used to, but the weight seems to be concentrated in the middle so you don't get that heaviness dragging your arm backwards. 
  • Surprisingly it's not loud - it's a more heavier dull noise, one that doesn't become annoying after a while. 
  • At $199 AUD I admit it is pricey, but that's pretty much what you'd pay for any professional quality hairdryer. And also if this lasts as long as the straighteners seem to last, that is not a bad investment at all.

What you need to know about me and hairdryers is, I'm hopeless at using them to style my hair. Ok, maybe not hopeless, but my arm gets tired really quickly so all I end up doing is roughly drying all my hair then use my ghd straightener to style it. This generally means that straight after drying my hair is quite frizzy until the straightener works its magic.

So when I put the ghd Air to the test I used it just like I would use my usual hairdryer, i.e. roughly dry it and see what it does to the frizzies.

I didn't use flash in the pics because I didn't want to create any artificial shine, but as you can see even without trying to style my hair, my hair ended up smooth with very little frizz.

In Australia it retails $199 from the ghd Australia website. Or if you prefer to buy it from a salon you can use the Salon Locator HERE to find your nearest stockists.

Do you own a ghd styler? 
What do you think of the hairdryer?

Disclaimer: PR Sample sent for review


  1. I've always wondered what that stood for! My hairdryer is on its last legs, it would be great to invest in a new one like this! Xo

  2. I have always read great things about GHD hair stylers. I love the beautiful shine your hair has! :)

    1. Thanks hun, I can't live without my straightener and this dryer seems just as good.

  3. Wow your hair even looks ultra shiny! :)

    1. Thank you, I didn't even do much to it at all so looks like the hairdryer was good at controlling the frizz.

  4. your hair looks really good :) .. I have always wanted to get a ghd straightener.. the hairdryer sounds awesome ..might get these from US .. is the straightener also for 199 ?

    1. hi Saumya, no the straightener is more expensive. I think around $300 depending on where you get it. But since my last one lasted me 7 years that's not a bad investment at all.

  5. Ooh I really want to try this one. Hopefully if it get one, it doesn't go the way of my ghd straightener and get left behind at the gym :(

    1. Oh that would have been annoying! And let me guess, no one returned it to you.

  6. Ouch that price tag! My hair dryer recently died so I bought a VS Sasoon one for $70 which I am loving :) Though I love the thought of drying my whole head in just 5 minutes...

  7. I can't believe being a hairstylist for 4 years and I still haven't tried a ghd dryer! This one looks great ....great pictures!
    I am a new follower

    Love you. Log
    Xoxo janelle

  8. I do not own one but I would love it!
    I just found your blog and I love it!
    check my blog if you want!




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