Does the ghd Glide work on curly hair? We test the sell-out hot brush
It’s the brush that ghd couldn’t keep in stock when it first launched a couple of years ago; the Glide Hot Brush is one of those tools that was an instant hit with beauty editors, influencers and beginners alike.
As its name suggests, this is a heated straightening brush that glides through hair for a quick and effortless straightening session. Initially released as a limited-edition tool, ghd decided to make the brush a permanent fixture when they realised this was a truly internet-breaking and well-loved beauty buy.
Heating to the brand’s optimum hair-styling temperature of 185°C, it promises to tame all types of hair from loose waves to naturally curly locks.
To try out that promise for herself, OK! beauty writer Lucy tested its sleekening abilities on her loose ringlets. Here’s how she got on…
The ghd Glide, £139 here, is marketed as being able to give you more time in bed in the mornings, so on paper it’s the perfect match for one of the laziest beauty journalists around (yours truly).
My hair is mostly loose ringlets with a few tight waves thrown in, so nowhere near the curliest of curls, but straightening my hair is enough of an effort that my irons have lived in a bottom drawer for almost two years. But it’s nice to change up your look every once in a while, and so I decided to give the brush a go in the quest for a quick and easy way to straighten.
A few things I noticed before getting down to sleek hair business were the nice long cord, which is ideal if you aren’t blessed with multiple sockets in your bedroom, and that like other ghd stylers it’ll automatically switch itself off if you’ve not used it for 60 minutes. It does take over a minute to heat up, but it’s worth the wait in the end.
Kit-wise you’ll need to arm yourself with heat protection spray, your go-to detangling brush, and some clips or hair ties for sectioning – the thicker your hair, the more sections you’ll want to divide it into when styling.
A word of caution: as I discovered quite quickly, the "glide" action will only happen if you’ve brushed your hair well before straightening, otherwise the tool will be stopped in its tracks. Once you have completely detangled, though, it’s easy to get the hang of slowly brushing through sections with the teeth facing upwards to reveal sleek hair in seconds.
There’s no denying that my hair has truly been transformed within 15 minutes and the process felt considerably less "faffy" than my straighteners. Looks like I won’t be prising them from their resting place any time soon.
The sleek look stayed fairly well, save for looking a bit messier the following morning, but it only takes a minute or so to go over to refresh the straight style.
Consider this brush lazy girl approved!
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