REVIEW – limited edition peacock ghds

There are plenty of things in life that I am good at. I can read and write, score the odd goal at netball, hold down a job and fold an excellent origami prawn.

There are other things that I’ve just had to accept that I can’t do. Roast beef is one of them. Style hair is another. When I was asked then to review a pair of the new limited edition peacock ghd hair straighteners, it was not without a sense of impending doom that I accepted.

This is my hair normally. You can see that I could use a little help in the volume department.

Peacock GHD review

Me before I look like Anne Hathaway

First things first, I got out my new peacock ghds, which come in a rather gorgeous box and satin bag, and are embellished with lovely peacock designs. I have a bit of a penchant for peacocks, which was what swung me to say yes to the review in the first place.

Twenty minutes later, feeling rather flushed from the close proximity to such efficient ceramic plates, I didn’t really feel I had quite captured the catwalk look.

“How’s the hair going?” asked Belle, bounding into my bedroom and stopping dead when she saw me. “Oh, I see, not so good is it?”

“No, not really,” I said.

“It does look better from the front than the back though,” she added trying to be comforting. “Would you like me to get a mirror so you can see?”

“No!” I shouted. “I mean no thank you,” I said more quietly. “I think just the front view is enough.”

The trouble was that the more I tried to fix it, the worse it got. I just can’t explain it. I’m not stupid, and the ghds are fine – they are beautiful, they heat up in seconds, they’re easy to use – hair just always goes wrong when I touch it.

Here is my finished style:

GHD review

Still not looking at all like Anne Hathaway

You see?

*sighs and resigns self to a lifetime of sloppy buns*

I was sent these to review by Regis Salons.



  1. 7 May, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    You got your hair all nice and “bouffy” (is that a word?) in the image on your blog though….might be because your hair is a bit longer now and thus heavier it’s harder to take the “bouffiness”…I have the same problem…dead straight and fine hair…I used to plait my hair when I went to bed when I was younger (in my teens I should add) and then hey presto I’d have “bouffier” hair in the morning :-) xx Incidentally I have many and varied types of curling tongs confined to the bottom/back of my wardrobe from hair disasters past…..

    • 7 May, 2012 / 3:46 pm

      Unfortunately my hair in my blog image was created by a professional – I can’t even claim I’ve managed it once :-(

      • 7 May, 2012 / 3:49 pm

        :-( I empathise…FWIW I console myself with the knowing that my daughter has beautiful thick hair (clearly not from my share of the genes) and thus I live vicariously through her lovely locks xx

  2. Rachel
    7 May, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    Fun reading your review. We (my daughter and I) know how you feel. We ahave such straight hair that we could spend hours achieving the bouncy look then one step outdoors and it’s gone again!

  3. 7 May, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    I’ve got horrendous in between hair – not straight, not curly, not even really wavy, just uneven kinks. I’m rubbish at curling my hair – plus it never holds, but I reassure myself in the fact that I look younger with straight hair (unfortunately my straightened hair still frizzes when I go in the rain – even if the hairdresser does it!).

    My volume tip though – light mousse & volumising spray in the roots, blow dry upside down til almost dry, flip back upright, finish drying, (then straighten).

    Actually I lie, I get gentle (mad and a bit unreliable) waves when my hair needs a haircut, by semi-drying, then twisting sections and pinning up. Leave while I drive to work (an hour), remove a mile or so from the office and it’s a bit wavy and usually dry by the time I get there. Unfortunately I now have a nursery drop off to do, so am not willing to do that with a mad Bjork style!

  4. 7 May, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    I would suggest trying a hair powder in your roots – there are lots to choose from and it would give you good volume roots wise, then that would hold the hair further away from your head/face meaning the curls wouldn’t be disturbed so much and should last longer. (Also check out Youtube vids for hair powder techniques).
    I too am hopeless when it comes to using straighteners as curlers, ir just doesn’t work for me. Period.
    What I use, although this is for more spiralled curls, is Herstyler babycurls (I think mine are the 13mm) – I’d tried tons of things to try and curl my hair before but to no avail, but I tried these out and WOW did I get some curl, did my hold head – mountains of GHD hairspray and the curls were still in tact the next day!!!
    If you get them then shop around, on the side of the box has RRP £110 – but I got mine about 3 years ago and I think I paid about £30 – £40.
    PS I am totally loving those Peacock GHDs and am MAJORLY jealous!

  5. honeybee35
    7 May, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Well, at least you had a go and let us all see your efforts…No unsightly ear or forehead burns – so give yourself a bit of credit!

    If you have the co-ordination to play netball, then you def have hand/eye skills to use straighteners; you may just need a bit more practice? I’m told the ‘secret’ is to use the right hair product for your hair-type, eg, serum, dry mousse etc, then to work up from the back of your head to the crown.

    Touch of hairspray and you’re all done!

  6. 8 May, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    Well you look gorgeous in both. Have to say ghd’s are fine if I’m straightening my hair but curls-they drop out instantly x

  7. 10 May, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    ha ha yeah it seems you need the top of your head to go poufy not the sides. I have fine straight hair too and when I use these kinds of tongs the effect lasts maximum about ten mins!

  8. 18 May, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I’m no good with my own hair but I can do other peoples! How much does that suck :( I reckon I cold give you a healthy coiffured look that’ll send peacocks running for the hills ;)

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