These days clients not only want to look great when they leave the salon. It is important for them to be able to re-create that just-left-the-hair-salon look at home. As well as prescribing the right products for them to be able to care for their hair, styling tools are a vital part of getting it right 'post-salon'. The days of having a 'hair straightener' at home are long gone. Now clients want a versatile tool - a styler - to curl, smooth, flick and give volume to their hair just like they would have in the salon. ghd and Cloud Nine are two of the most prominent companies with professional-quality styling tools available to consumers. What makes these tools the most popular? What are the points of differences between the two brands?
Cloud Nine Stylers were launched in 2009, by the original creators of ghd with the motto 'less heat, more style'. The Cloud Nine styler features a temperature control switch, allowing the user to adjust according to hair style requirements. The stylers come with recommended temperatures for different stying looks. The Cloud Nine styler has a swivel cord and head guard for safety and ease of storage. The styler is available in three different sizes, the standard iron ($299), wide iron ($299) and micro iron ($149). All models have the added bonus of universal voltage for international travel. As well as the stylers, Cloud Nine have a range of curling tools such as a wand, a waving wand and TheO Pod. A great security feature is the built in safety chip which switches the iron into sleep mode when it is not in use for 30 minutes.
Good Hair Day, or commonly known as ghd, is a manufacturer of hair stylers based in Leeds in the United Kingdom.The stylers come in a range of price points: the ghd IV is the base model starting at $239, the ghd Bird of Paradise (limited edition) range is $279 and the recently release ghd Eclipse is $300. All the stylers feature ceraminc heat technology, sleep-mode after 30 minutes, floating plate to glide easily through the hair, universal voltage and a two year warranty. The Eclipse uses new and innovative patented 'tri-zone' technology: three sensors on each plate to ensure there is no loss of heat during styling. They styler boasts of more effective use of heat - a constant temperature of 185°C is maintained throughout styling. According to ghd researchers, this is the optimal temperature for styling hair and produces the best and longer lasting results. The Eclipse also states that it's a a 'one pass' tool - you will only need to go over a section of hair once, rather than multiple times to achieve a smooth professional finish.
Talk to your stylist about which stylers they recommend, perhaps get them to use them on your hair at your next appointment. You could even ask to try them yourself so you can judge the result and the feel of the tool in your hands and on your hair