The thing that drew me to this product was the fact that it was a hairspray, but it's a 2-in-1, and has the ghd Heat Protection System in it. I LOVE that idea, because I bloody hate hair spray, and I bloody hate putting more than one product in my hair (I don't even like putting 1 in, but protection is a must - and yes, I'm talking about hair still :P). So far, my favourite hair product ever has been the Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Mist - it's also a 2-in-1 that I find both protects my hair, and keeps the style (curly or straight!) in for forever. So this ghd Curl Hold Spray had a LOT of expectations to meet.
First things first, I love the smell of this. It smells quite musky, and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a perfume like this - maybe Illamasqua Freak? It's absolutely gorgeous - again, such a step up from most generic hairsprays which usually smell like a toxic waste of some sort. The Lee Stafford one also smells like a perfume - Thierry Mugler Angel. However, I do prefer Freak, so ghd wins on this one!
The way it works, is that you apply a spray or two to each section of hair that you are going to curl. As I found the nozzle wasn't the best quality and it spurted and spitted a bit (but it's not aerosol so that's 10 points for the environment!), the best way to apply it was literally by putting it right against the hair and spraying. After that, you comb through, and curl your hair as normal.
The feel of the formula is superb. It's extremely lightweight and non-crispy, and you honestly can't feel the difference in your hair - it still feels like there's no product on it. Even when the formula is wet, it doesn't get sticky in your hands, nor on your hair when its dry.
The Lee Stafford one definitely has a better quality spray, which makes everything go just a bit faster. However, I did find that Lee Stafford was definitely more sticky in the hands, and while I never thought that it was heavy or sticky in my hair, I do find that the ghd one was just that bit less noticeable.
However, as I said in the beginning, I do have the thickest hair on Earth, so this may work on ladies with finer hair. It's definitely a great formula in terms of it being non-sticky, unnoticeable and having a 2-in-1 of hairspray AND heat protectant, and one I'd recommend to people who find most hairsprays too heavy, crispy or sticky. Personally, it was a no-go, especially at almost double the price of the Lee Stafford one at £11 on FeelUnique.
However, as the Lee Stafford one has been my can-never-live-without hair product for me because of its 2-in-1 properties, I can imagine that this ghd one will be the same for others. Coming from someone who is lazy and hates build-up in my hair, these 2-in-1s are an absolute godsend - you just need to figure out which one works for you! :)
You can get these for £12.95 from the ghd website as well :)
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