There are many, many things that define me as, well, mature.
My fondness of a night on the couch with a glass of red. My avoidance of all stores which pump out loud music. And my requirement that any travel I undertake comes with a soft bed, on which to rest my creaky bones.
But what I suspect will really define me as the years tick by is that I, like many of you, come from an era (GASP!) before hair straighteners.
When I cast my mind back to this time – and really 11 years ago is not that far for even my ageing brain – it’s enough to make me come over in a nervous sweat.
I know it’s a first world problem of the highest degree but, geez, it’s a whole lot easier to fashion out a good hair day these days, isn’t it?
In the esteemed wisdom of Monty Python, (insert heavy northern England accent here) tell that to young folk today and they won’t believe you.
My first hair straighteners were wide, thick, heavy stainless steel plate things. Dreadful for my maintaining my hair’s condition but brilliant for whipping my thick, long, bouffy locks into a sleek submission.
Then, in 2004, three little letters changed the attitude to my hair forever … ghd.
There’s a fair chance those three letters changed your hair attitude too.
So much so, as Today Show’s Lisa Wilkinson reminded us at last month’s launch of ghd’s new baby, ghds are so much a part of our hair lives that we use the word as a verb. We don’t straighten or style our hair, we ghd it.
But hold on to your hair, Stylers. Just when you thought your hair styling drawer was full to capacity, along comes another styler that deserves your attention, particularly if your hair requires a significant amount of wrangling.
Say hello to the new ghd eclipse styler.
Let’s cut to the chase with the three questions I’ve been most asked since attending the launch:
1. How much is it? $300
2. When can I get one? April, from ghd salons (ph 1300 443 424) and online at ghd Australia
3. Do I need it? Well, that depends.
Let’s address question three more closely, shall we?
To do that I need to tell you a bit more about the ghd eclipse. Why it’s different and offers something previous ghd stylers haven’t has to do with what ghd calls it’s tri-zone technology, which is unique to ghd.
The technology calls to action six sensors in the plates to maintain a constant heat of 185 degrees celsius while moving through the hair from root to tip. ghd says this is the optimum styling temperature for the ultimate styling results.
It’s this consistency of temperature that will lesson the time it takes to style your hair when using the eclipse – particularly if you have coarse hair that normally would take up to four run throughs of each section to achieve a smooth result.
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. ghd chief technology officer, Tim Moore
For my hair it has been delivering smooth styling in one stroke. And I’ve found I can take bigger and thicker sections and the eclipse makes easy work of them.
I wouldn’t say my hair is super challenging. It has its challenging parts – a strong wave section running down the back of it and there is a lot of it – but even I’ve noticed how much more quickly I can style my hair with the eclipse.
At the launch we were able to see the eclipse in action on more challenged hair. And that one-stroke styling was very much in evidence.
So, getting back to my question of do you need it?
If your hair fits into the “challenge” basket then you’ve probably not bothered to finish reading the rest of this post and have already contacted your local salon to put your name down for one of these babies. Put simply, they will change your hair styling life.
If your hair is like mine and works well with the existing ghd styling range (my preference up until now has been for the ghd Gold Max styler $239), I would hold off replacing your stylers until you need to but do make the upgrade at that point.
If you give your hair a daily straightening fix, then I’d consider upgrading as soon as your budget allows. Your hair will get more so much more TLC.
What about the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod, I hear you ask?
Yes, it’s true, I do feel like I’ve been cheating on my steam pod with the eclipse.
The steam pod has definitely been amazing for my hair during the humid months of summer. My hair condition has never been better, which I put partly down to the steam pod plus partly to progressively going shorter on my hair styles since July last year.
For the past month I’ve used nothing but the eclipse on my hair. And it’s been one of the wettest and most humid where I live. The eclipse has held its own against the humidity. All I can put it down to is that with the consistent 185 degrees temperature, the hair cuticle is successfully and easily sealed to retain moisture. This, in turn, ensures any outside moisture has a hard time of getting in.
I won’t be ditching the steam pod any time soon as I love the “treatment” aspect of its styling method but where the eclipse wins out for me is its portability.
I wouldn’t think twice about adding it to my suitcase for a trip away (it also comes with a heat-proof rubber casing that sits over the plates and a heat-proof mat that also ties around the styler for storage). In contrast, the steam pod has never left my bathroom.
Click on the video below for a quick look at the ghd eclipse in action.
This was a bit unusual but also what I saw in action on the night … instead of using a comb to smooth out hair as you straighten out each section, use a natural bristle brush (ghd oval dressing brush $34).
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the launch of the ghd eclipse in Sydney and was gifted a set of the stylers at the end of the event.