Can you tell which is the before shot and which is the after shot of my hair using the new ghd eclipse styler? 😉
In case you can’t see the gif here is a side by side comparison of my crazy mess of hair before and then tamed hair after using the ghd eclipse.
I know you’re asking, how did I get my hair so bad in the before shot? Well with as little effort as possible!
I washed my hair but didn’t apply any smoothing products as I normally would. Then I used the ghd air hairdryer to blast my hair dry with my head upside down. I purposefully didn’t use a brush to blowdry my hair to make this test as difficult as possible. I used ghd Heat Protect Spray on my hair before straightening with the ghd eclipse.
What’s so new about the ghd eclipse?
ghd are calling the eclipse a game changer and I was curious to find out more. I was invited to the media launch last month and saw the styler in action on some really challenging hair.
And yes, my hair could fit into that “challenging” category.
I’m talking about frizzy, thick, curly, kinky, coily, coarse hair. At the launch there were models with all types of hair with stylists trialling the new styler in their hair and getting amazing results.
The new ghd eclipse features tri-zone technology, with 6 sensors in the plates to ensure that they remain at 185 degrees across the entire plate. Most stylers only have one sensor.
ghd state that the optimum temperature for straightening hair is 185 degrees. Dr. Tim Moore, Chief Technology Officer at ghd’s research facility in Cambridge, UK explains that an optimum temperature of 185ºC delivers the ultimate styling results;
“What we’ve found is that different hair types absorb different amounts of heat. Challenging hair types absorb much more heat, causing the plates to lose their temperature more rapidly. What ghd eclipse® does is maintain that temperature throughout the entire styling process – from root to tip – ensuring faster and easier styling for any hair type”.
The casing is a completely new design and features aerogel insulation which means the case is cool to touch, even after styling for a long time.
What does this mean for your hair?
This means faster, smoother styling.
The styler plates stay at a consistent temperature the entire time you’re straightening your hair. The casing however stays cool, for up to 45 minutes of styling. I have never styled my hair for longer than 20 minutes so that would cover you and you’re friend’s hair for a night out.
Would I be able to replicate the results using the ghd eclipse styler in my own hair?
Here’s a shot of my hair half way through styling with the ghd eclipse.
How to straighten your own hair
- Your hair must be completely dry before you start.
- Work in small sections. Clip up the rest of your hair while straightening your hair in sections starting underneath near your neck.
- Holding a section of hair, carefully place the stylers close to the root of your hair and slide them down your hair to the tip in one smooth stroke at a consistent speed.
- Be careful going too close to the root so as to avoid that “bump” or avoid pulling the styler straight down from the root.
- To style the back of your hair, work in sections and angle your hair slightly to the side so you can reach around.
It’s important to keep the tension in each section of hair while your run the irons down to the tip to get the smoothest finish.
Expert styling tips
Usually you use a fine tooth comb to hold each section of hair as your straighten. This ensures there are no knots in your hair and keeps the tension in each section.
Next time you straighten try using a bristle brush. if you have coarse or curly hair, using a brush with allow you to hold you hair with more tension. Then running the ghd down the taut section of hair will give you that salon finish every time.
To create a softer curve at the ends of your hair, hold the styler at a slight angle as you move from root to tip.
Does your hair need the new ghd eclipse styler?
- If you have “challenging” hair, the ghd eclipse will make styling your hair in one stroke possible. You’ll get the best results by blowdrying your hair with a round brush first.
- If you have medium thickness hair, you’ll find the ghd eclipse very quick and easy to style your hair.
- If you have fine or straight hair, you won’t need this styler. If you blow dry your hair with a brush you probably don’t need to use a straightener at all.
How does this compare to my other favourite straighteners? I’ll have a full comparison review of the leading irons coming up after Fashion Week.
The ghd eclipse is now available from salons and retails for $300. Find your nearest Australian salon here.