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Is a cheap hair straightener just as good as an expensive one?
When you are looking to purchase a hair straightener it can sometimes be confusing if you should go for a cheap hair straightener or a really expensive one. I mean is there really much difference between a £20 hair straightener and a £150 hair straightener? We checkout out the pros and cons of a Bauer Ceramic Tourmaline hair straightener and a GHD Platinum Hair Straightener.
The Advantages of The Cheap Hair Straighteners such as the Bauer
Out of the many affordable hair straighteners that exist, the Bauer hair straightener is the best. It is ideal for those who are new to hair styling. The Conair makes the perfect gift for your kid who has just started enjoying playing with their hair. The Bauer hair straightener guarantees inexpensive hair straightener deals.
One of its pro features is the ceramic plates and a floating one that minimises gaps — thus allowing to straighten hair with minimal difficulties.
The heat up duration is less than 30 seconds, and you can set it to 230 degrees. It works best when the hair is fairly dry. Of course the price is also a factor. For a pair of hair straightener costing £15 you are not going to be crying if you end up losing or breaking them.
A quick summary of the pros of cheap hair straighteners;
- Fast heat up time
- It distributes heat evenly thanks to the ceramic plates
- You can set the heat at 230 degrees
- Cheap price means they are easily replaceable
The Advantages of Expensive Hair Straighteners (such as the GHD)
Alternatively, if you intend on investing in an expensive hair straightener, then the GHD is the perfect choice. When you compare cheap vs. expensive hair straighteners, the latter tend to have more features and advantages.
For instance, the GHD flat iron will do wonders for your hair. You can use it to make perfect curls, waves, and shiny straight hair.
Unlike the Conair, the GHD has a 2.7m long cord that gives you sufficient space to move around. Additionally, you can set the heat to only 185 degrees. The temperature setting of the GHD is lower. The reason behind this is to minimise risks of burning your hair or scalp.
Its three-year warranty is also another reason why it is a favourite to many. Plus, the GHD automatically shuts itself off when it’s not used after 30 minutes.
A quick summary of the pros of expensive hair straighteners;
- It features a long cord allowing easy movement
- A lower heat setting that is gentle to your hair and scalp
- Two-year warranty
- It automatically shuts off after 30 minutes of not being used
What are the Disadvantages of both the Cheap and Expensive Hair Straighteners?
The Disadvantages of the Bauer hair straightener
The manufacturers of the Bauer hair straightener claim that it has an auto-off heat setting feature. However, from personal experience and reviews posted by other users, this feature is non-existent. You should be cautious when using the Bauer hair straightener. Never leave it plugged in since a fire could easily start. Flat irons are a fire hazard and should be handled with lots of care even though there are very strict controls on the import of electrical goods in to the UK.
Moreover, since the Bauer hair straightener falls under the cheap hair straighteners’ category, you should know that they are made from relatively low-quality products. The risk of breaking or malfunctioning is higher.
The Disadvantages of the GHD
The primary disadvantage of the GHD is that it is more expensive than the Bauer hair straightener, though both do the same task. If you misplace or break your GHD hair straighteners it can hurt just as breaking your iPhone so you need to be extra careful when using or taking it away with you. £150 is not cheap but you do pay for what you get and nonetheless, the GHD does a fabulous job. It also has an auto-off feature, but this isn’t something you can rely on. You need to unplug it when you are done using it.
The Bottom Line
Are you wondering whether you should buy the Bauer hair straightener or the GHD when in an hair straightener sale? The first thing you should do is weigh out the pros and cons of each. I once used the Bauer hair straightener a while back till it snapped in two. It would hardly straighten my hair. When it broke, I decided to invest in a more expensive hair straighteners. The upgrade was marvellous. With it, I could straighten my hair without any hassle.
The bottom line is, the Bauer hair straightener is a great option if you are on a strict budget. However, GHD offers more benefits. Therefore when choosing the best straighteners, you should consider all the above factors and even have a look at the mid market hair straighteners from companies such as Toni & Guy or Babyliss.