Babyliss and GHD make some of the most popular hair straighteners around. Their products are used globally, and it’s fair to say that these two brands dominate a huge portion of the market. The likelihood is that they are similar in the way that they are made. But are there any differences between the two, and which one would be best for you?
Well, it’s difficult to compare the two as they are very similar to each other in terms of the way that they are made. The reality is that Babyliss has long dominated the market, but in recent years many people are moving over to GHD as their choice of straightening iron.
There are a few reasons why GHD as a brand have become so popular in recent years – but that doesn’t mean that you should discount Babyliss completely. Let’s have a look at the two brands and see which one would be more suitable to your needs.
Babyliss are owned by Conair, a huge company that own brands like Cuisinart too. They’ve been around since the 60s, and they have a lot of prestige and recommendations from people around the globe. They don’t just produce flat irons – they produce a wide variety of different products, including hair dryers and other hair care products.
GHDs are actually not as old as many people think. If you’re a younger person, you might think that GHD’s have been around a while – in recent years, many people use the term ‘GHD’ to describe their flat irons, with the brand name becoming almost synonymous with the product. The fact of the matter is that GHD (which stands for Good Hair Day) have actually only been around since 2001, which makes them a relatively young company in comparison.
GHD’s were formed in the UK, and essentially spotted a gap in the market for flat irons. Babyliss were not personal enough, and reviews of the Chi Flat Iron were getting worse as ownership changed hands. So, Good Hair Day entered the market and were almost immediately – generally reaching fans through endorsements by major celebs like Victoria Beckham and Madonna.
Both brands make some good quality products, but is one of them better than the other? Well, let’s have a closer look at each to determine whether one brand may be better for you than the other.
- Original Flat Iron ceramic heat technology
- Optimum styling temperature of 365°F: any hotter damages the hair, any cooler and the result is compromised.
- Floating plates: for extra control while styling.
If you’re after one of the most popular sets of flat irons, then you should undoubtedly start by looking at the GHD Gold Classics. They were released a while ago, and today then still prove to be one of their most popular straighteners around.
The first thing to say about the Gold Classics is that you do not need to worry about snagging your hair on your straighteners. This is one of the worst things that you can do, and it can be extremely painful! Fortunately, the heat plates on your GHD are designed specifically so that you don’t need to worry about snagging your hair on them.
The Classic Stylers are designed in a curved manner, so that the edges of them aren’t actually straight edged like most straighteners. This is likely one of the reasons that GHDs became so popular – they allow you to easily add flicks and curls to your hair whilst you’re straightening it. If you’ve ever used cheap straight edge flat irons, then you’ll know that they can get annoying if you’re trying to style your hair.
Finally, one of the best things about the Classic stylers is that they have a 30 minute timer – a sleep mode – that will automatically turn your straighteners off. This means that if you leave them on by accident, you don’t need to worry too much about causing a fire! They’re much better than other brands like Chi, and they’re undoubtedly considered as some of the best in the business.
- Ultra-smooth titanium plates conduct ultra-high heat and resist corrosion
- Ceramic heater instant heat & recovery
- 5" extended plates for faster straightening
If you’ve never used Babyliss flat irons before, then you’re in for a treat in terms of variation of their product. It’s available in a ton of different sizes, which is actually extremely useful if you prefer, say 1 inch to 1.5 inch straighteners. Personally, I prefer 1 inch straighteners as this allows me to add flicks in my hair easily.
If you want a set of straighteners that’s going to last you a lifetime, then it’s a good idea to opt for Babyliss straightening irons. Their high quality titanium build means that you don’t need to worry about them aging badly and getting corroded, as the material that they’re built from helps to prevent that.
Another problem that you’ll find with cheaper flat irons is that they’re big and bulky, which can get annoying if you’re trying to quickly straighten your hair before the day begins. These flat irons heat up extremely quickly and they’re very well designed – light and stylish. This means that you don’t have to wait an age before straightening, and you can get it done within a few minutes.
Overall, Babyliss Pro flat irons are undoubtedly a competitor to the Gold Classic Stylers from GHD. They’re a solid set of straighteners that get the job done well.
The reality is that these two brands are very similar, and it really depends on what you want. It would be very easy to say GHD’s are better for a few reasons. Of course, their increase in popularity in only a testament to their product – people wouldn’t love their product as much if it was bad, right? Well, this is entirely true.
For the average person, GHDs are probably a better choice. You get a quality product, and although they’re not the cheapest flat irons around, they definitely get the job done. They’re also relatively light in comparison to most other flat irons, especially cheaper ones. So, if you’re going to be straightening your own hair then GHD’s are a logical choice.
Though saying this, we can’t ignore Babyliss completely. They’re definitely still up there with the better options, with many salons and hairdressers swearing by the quality of their Babyliss flat irons. So, it really does depends on which brand you’re used to and what you’re looking for.