How Long Should GHD Or Any Straightener Last?

It’s a subject that you probably haven’t even considered before. Even if you use hair straighteners regularly, do hair straighteners go out of date?

According to Stacey, Hair Research Analysts, “hair straighteners can and do become obsolete, due to the fact that they are electrical devices.” Therefore, it is recommended that you replace them much more regularly than you might be accustomed to doing so. Electrical straightener devices do not last forever. They last depends on how often you use them, right?

If you use your straightener on a regular basis, you can normally expect to get anywhere from three to five years of use out of an expensive model, while a well-known cheap brand will give you only two to three years (replaced every 2-3 years) of use at best.

How Often Should You Replace GHD Straighteners?

If you use your GHD straightener on a regular basis, you can normally expect to get anywhere from three to five years of use. While other well-known but cheap brands generally will give you only two to three years of use at best with daily use. I am referring to all the GHD straighteners such as GHD Max Styler, GHD Gold, GHD Mini, and GHD stylers. The GHD styler is easy to use and delivers a consistent heat of 185 degrees Fahrenheit (optimum styling temperature), which is safer for the hair and ensures that the hair will be neatly styled without being harmed.

How Do You Know When To Replace Your Straightener?

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According to Meesh, Chief Product Analyst, “there are four crucial indicators that your hair straighteners might be past their best and your straightener should be replaced“. Whether you use GHD or swear by budget brands, there are three major signs that your hair straighteners might be beyond their best.

1 Worn Plates

Plates that are worn or “lifted” should be the first thing you look for as a warning sign.

Move your hair straightener to the side. You can generally see the plate lifting. If they’ve lifted, it’s probable that your hair will get trapped in it, which is the last thing you want your straightener to do because you don’t want it to cause any additional damage to your hair.

TIP: Heat protectants simply lower the amount of damage produced by heat styling; even the best results indicate only around 50% heat protection at most and do not provide comprehensive protection from other risks such as air pollution. Nonetheless, I believe it is a fantastic idea to employ when using ceramic heat technology.

2 Lights That Flash

If the light flashes continuously, that indicates the level of heat being produced. This may also be an indication that it is time to replace your straightener. The light shouldn’t flicker in any way, and the fact that it does raises yet another major cause for concern.

Just be sure not to confuse a blinking light while heating up. When the right temperature is reached, the light should not blink any more.

Another way to tell if you are losing heat is if you have to continually go over the same section of hair. Afro hair is thicker and will usually need more heat. Also if you have a bad case of frizzy hair your will start to notice you need more and more passes to get it straightened out. When this happens, you will notice your straightener is becoming less and less effective. If your straightener has a digital display the temperature may not be correct. Why run the risk of damaging your hair at this point? I strongly suggest a replacing your out of date irons meant immediately.

Also, some straighteners has an automatic shut off. After 30 minutes or 1 hour of non-use the unit shuts off of may have a sleep mode. So make sure you are aware if this if you are testing to see if your straighter is still putting out enough heat.

3 Takes A Long Time To Straighten Hair

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Old straightening irons do not always display the correct or real temperature. And if this is the case, then you run the risk of burning your hair. If you use your straightener on a daily basis, then about 3 to 5 years is generally what you can expect to get out of a high-end model, and 2 to 3 years from a well-known bargain brand.

The GHD Platinum Styler is a tool that I find really useful. Because the temperatures adjust to each individual hair strand, it can straighten even the most frizzy varieties of hair without causing damage to the hair, and it also does a fantastic job of working with curly hairstyles.

GHD hair straighteners include bigger plates (plate size makes a big difference in speed) and new breakthrough technology that results in less damage to the hair, no frizz, and an amazing 80% more shine than conventional straighteners. This allows the straighteners to style long, thick, and curly hair types in half the time.

This relates to the fact that you are able to use larger portions of hair, and the larger plates work significantly faster. Your hair already looks pretty nice after just two strokes. It will save you a significant amount of time, regardless of the thickness of your hair.

TIP: If you’re looking for a device that can help you save time while also allowing you to straighten your hair when it’s damp, consider utilizing a hair dryer rather than a straightening iron. The process of straightening damp hair is going to take significantly more time (takes longer, could take 30 minutes) than the process of straightening completely dry hair.

4 Bad Smell

If you notice that your straightener is giving off an odd odor, it is quite likely that there is a problem with the device’s internal wiring. Some people have described this odor as having a little synthetic quality to it.

When there is a problem with the device’s internal wiring, it creates a precarious and perhaps dangerous condition for the user. The odor may also be caused by any product that you may have gotten into the scratches or dent, or it may be the smell of burned hair. Both of these possibilities are possible.

If you think that you can identify the scent as that of burned hair, then it is clear that you are doing permanent damage to your hair by continuing to use the antiquated gadget. A quality straightener will not emit any of these odors at any point during the process.

How To Extend The Life Of Your Hair Straightener

There are actions you can take that will, without a doubt, help you get more use out of your straightener over its lifetime. The idea is to make your straightener last longer than the expiration date or expiry date. To begin, one should be sure to invest in a hair straightener that has a long lifespan. The use of plates of good quality is required. Never buy a flat iron that does not contain plates made of either ceramic tourmaline or titanium.

Ceramic plates generate negative ions, which speed up the styling process and allow for more intricate designs. Titanium is an excellent material because it heats the plates more uniformly, it does not corrode over time, and it works wonderfully with hair that is particularly thick or coarse. We add magnesium to our titanium plates so that they are as smooth as possible.

It is possible for the external hardware and wires of a straightener to become broken, frayed, or otherwise damaged with repeated use of the appliance. This is not just a problem for your hair, but it is also a significant problem for your overall safety. When the item is connected, wires that are visibly damaged could potentially cause severe shocks to occur. It’s even possible that it could start a fire.


Ceramic Heat Technology – Ceramic is a clay-based composite material. It can be utilized in the body of a dryer, the heating element, or as an interior part coating. It generates far infrared heat that penetrates the hair shaft, retaining the natural moisture and sheen of the hair.

Ionic Technology – Ionic technology generates millions of negatively charged ions that break down the positively charged ions in water, preventing them from penetrating the hair shaft and generating frizz. You will be able to dry your hair faster and at a lower temperature if you use an ionic hairdryer.

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