So the blurb for this straightener says that they are better than GHDs.
That is the ultimate right? I bought many many pairs of straighteners before spending £100 on GHDs and yes, so far they are the best.
The main thing I find with GHDs is that once my hair is straight it will STAY like that whereas with all other brands, my hair will kink as the day goes on.
In the US they have far more high end straighteners to choose from – a lot of ladies there have already moved onwards from GHDs.
Anyway, enough babble – here are the Nicky Clarke DesiRED (geddit) hair straighteners:
So what does the DesiRED have?
Adjustable temperature – the dial has choices for fine, medium and thick hair, then a high setting of 230 degrees (hotter than GHDs).
It has the rounded edge for curling, like GHDs.
It can be used worldwide and has a 360 degree swivel cord.
The RRP is £79.99 which is less than the average price of a GHD, £94.99 on the official GHD site.
The first impressions of the Nicky Clarke Hair Straightener is good, but its no good without a road test! So I dug out my beloved GHDs:
Length wise they are the same. The GHDs are heavier, perhaps sturdier. The Nicky Clarkes are plastic and feel lighter – with second thoughts, they are a little easier on the wrists especially if you are straightening a lot of hair.
Once again they look quite similar. The GHDs don’t have adjustable heat though BUT – this is a small thing but I miss it on the Nicky Clarke straightener – it doesn’t do the beep! I love the beep the GHDs do when its ready, cos then I don’t have to pay attention to it, I just wait for the beep then wonder why the duvet is smoking.
Heat up times wise, they both heat ups within a minute. No problems there. The Nicky Clarke is ready when the red light stops flashing.
I choose MAX temperature with the NC, just because I can 😀
My hair before – it grows quick but I am in serious need of a chop chop. Its a recession ok! One must space out cuts 😉
Its wavy and very layered – hello hairdresser! I didn’t realise you put so many layers in! Tut.
After (a so-so hair straightening job by me but you get the idea):
So my verdict…
Both of the hair straighteners are excellent. Both lasted – I didn’t wash my hair for a day and both sides look great even after a sleep.
1 point each
The GHDs are heavier, the NC’s are lighter. Overall I think I prefer the NC’s for build because although the GHDs feel more sturdy, I get arm ache after holding it up for too long.
1 point to NC
There is the temperature variation on the NC’s you don’t have on GHDs- it depends if you feel that you need this. If you have fine hair you may not need super heat, so perhaps choosing a lower temp means you don’t have to exert it to a very high temperature. I found the thick and max temps worked well on my hair.
1 point to NC
I love the beep feature on GHDs though!
1 point to GHD
Here’s another thing I noticed – the NC was very glidey – like it went through my hair smoothly and quickly, and only needed one stroke per area (ahem). The GHDs I ran through each section once or twice to get it perfectly straight (so it took a bit longer in the end to do the GHD side).
1 point to NC
Price wise, the NC’s are around £79.99 give or take a few pounds. You can get it from Boots and collect the points too. GHD’s vary around £95 – £130, depends where you get them from. GHDs come in different patterns too, but I never got the point of collecting the same straightener in different colours unless you have 10 bedrooms and 10 heads or something.
Therefore….yeah I think I prefer the Nicky Clarke DesireRED’s to GHDs. If you get the chance to try them out let me know what you think but for me, lazybones, the NC worked quickly and was light and effortless.