Happy Sunday, everyone! Today I’ve got a review of the GHD Creative Curl wand for you. I bought this wand a couple of months ago, and wanted to give it a proper test run before I posted a review. I’ve been using it 2-3 times a week since then, so here we go!
About the wand
This wand retails for £120, and is available in a lot of places online, including John Lewis and Net A Porter. That is expensive for a curling wand, but it’s GHD, so you would expect this price tag. It doesn’t have a clamp, which is a good thing for me because I never get tongs to work properly!
It has a unique shape, in that it is slightly tapered and pinched at the tip at the same time. The two pictures below should give you an idea about what I mean by this.
There is only one heat setting – 180 degrees celcius – and it comes with a fairly long swivel power cord. It also has automatic shutoff after 30 minutes which is definitely a good thing for my peace of mind!
Using the wand
Before we get into my experience using the wand, a little background about my hair. I’ve got naturally wavy, fine hair that tends to go a little frizzy. I’ve never coloured it and I’m currently trying to grow it out. The photo on the right was taken a few hours after I washed my hair and let it air dry. There’s no product added in, and all I’ve done is brush it out.
Before the GHD wand, I was using the Remington Pearl wand for a good few years, which is a perfectly good wand but it gave me tight ringlets that I would then either brush out or wait to drop out. I wanted a wand that would give me that effect right from the beginning. Especially now that my hair is longer, I want long beachy waves. When my hair is left to its own devices, it tends to swallow my small face. But face-framing waves are a lot more flattering, and I’m pleased to say that this GHD wand gives me exactly what I’m after.
As I said before, the wand heats up to 180 degrees celcius. And it does that in less than five seconds. Seriously, it is SO fast. I have found though, that if I curl a section of hair immediately after the beep, then it doesn’t curl as well. So I usually wait another five seconds before I start. That is a hardly a complaint though – ten seconds is still incredibly quick.
I don’t use sectioning clips or anything. Instead, I just grab one inch sections of my hair and work from the front to the back. I do one section away from my face, and the following section towards it, so I end up with a nicely tousled look. I count to ten for each section and then slowly let it go. This gives me loosely defined curls.
It comes with a little stand so you can set it down on your dresser or on the floor without worrying about burning. It also has a little heat glove if you’re concerned about burning your hands while curling your hair.
I find this wand incredibly easy to use. Even if you’ve never used one like this before, it won’t be much of a learning curve.
The cool thing about this wand is that you get really pretty results in hardly any time at all. Getting this look took me all of five minutes, so it’s perfect if you don’t have enough time in the morning but still want a head full of waves.
Because the plastic is a little matte (instead of slick and glossy), it’s easy to hold the hair in place, and it doesn’t end up sliding down the shaft of the wand. That means I’m able to get the tricky bits at the back of my head to look good as well. As you can see from the pictures, the waves look nice, natural and not too “done”, which happens with the waves you get from hair straighteners sometimes.
I typically end up spraying a little hairspray at the end to hold the waves in place (although I haven’t done that here) and this makes then last all day. If I don’t use any hairspray, they do end up dropping a little, but I don’t mind that too much.
I usually brush and braid my hair before I go tobed, and most of the time I find that the curls have lasted well into the next morning despite that. I think that is pretty impressive!
I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I’m a huge fan of this wand. Yes, it is expensive, but the results speak for themselves. I prefer my hair curly/wavy rather than straight, and I knew I would be using this multiple times a week, so spending this much money made sense for me. If you don’t wear your hair wavy all that often, then you’d probably want to find something a little cheaper.
Babyliss do a similar wand called the big wave wand. I’ve never used this before so I can’t speak for how well it works because I’ve never tried it. But perhaps it’s worth checking out if you think this one’s not for you.
Personally, I am very, very happy with my purchase and would 100% recommend it.
I hope you found this review useful! Have you ever used this wand? Do you have any hair tool favourites of your own? Let me know in the comments!