ghd hair dryer review

GHD Hair Dryers


GHD are well known for the quality of their GHD IV hair straighteners. The company also has two innovative hair dryers. The Air and the new model the GHD Aura.

Both use ionic technology to reduce frizz and leave your hair feeling sleek and shiny. The brand claims that their blow dryers will give you a salon blow dry finish at home. The Aura also has some innovative new features that are not available on any other hair dryers.

The question is do these hair dryers live up to these claims and can they be held in the same high regard as their flat irons.

On this page you will find a GHD air review followed by an Aura review which includes comparisons between both models. We have also collated all the most competitive prices from the big online retailers so that you can see which company is the cheapest to buy from.


  • 2,100w motor hairdryer with Ionic technology
  • Comes with a 65mm nozzle which is good for blow outs and an 85mm nozzle which is good for all over drying.
  • Two speed settings, three heat settings, cold air, medium maximum heat plus a cool shot button.
  • A 3 metre cable means you don’t have to haunch over the plug socket.


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The hair dryer comes in black. The design is sleek and elegant. It looks great and feels great in your hands, even if you are left handed. This is quite a heavy hair dryer so you can’t hold it for long periods of time. However, because this dries hair so quickly, most users say that this is not a problem.

The switches are also perfectly executed. They are inset into the handgrip and reviewers said that you can effortlessly adjust the settings with your finger whilst drying but solid enough not to worry about accidentally knocking them during drying. The cool shot button is also easy to use.   The nozzles are  really well built.

They click into place easily and people who use it say they never worry about the nozzles falling off when they are holding the air dryer upside down. This is a great feature of all GHD hair dryers. Using the nozzles means that you can really focus the dryer on specific sections of hair to give it a sleek, straight finish.

Colour Options



The original design came with silver colouring along the metal work. The next colour addition was the ghd rose gold hair dryer. This became so popular that the brand have added two more colour schemes. First there was vintage pink and the most recent design is artic gold.

Each design is different enough to be distinctive and add a touch of class to your beauty tools collection. You can also buy other matching GHD products in these colours like curling tongs and straighteners.

However, the aesthetics make no difference to how effective this is as a blow dryer so if you are not enamored by the new tints you can buy the original design for about £10 cheaper.

What is it like to use?

The first time you use this blow dryer you can tell that it is very powerful. The different settings are easy to adjust and it does not take too long to figure out what setting you need for the style you are trying to create.

In fact the heat and power settings give you a great range of options. From quickly drying your hair to styling it. Reviewers said that the wide nozzle helped to create a really straight and smooth finish.

Something that surprised a lot of users in the ghd air hair dryer reviews I read was that when you used the hair dryer on maximum settings, was that the air from the blow dryer did not feel too hot. This is great because it means that it is much gentler on your hair than other dryers but is still powerful enough to dry your hair really quickly.

In fact, a lot of users said that the air dried their hair faster than any other blow dryer they have ever used. This is perfect for those times you are in a rush and don’t want to leave the house with wet or damp hair.

The ionic technology works really well with this hair dryer. Many users said that it reduced static in their hair, made it feel smoother and left it with a smooth and glossy look. If you have thick, wavy hair that can get very frizzy if left to naturally dry then this hair dryer is perfect for you.

Some women who have this problem were pleasantly surprised at how effective the air was on their thick hair.   If you are susceptible to frizzy hair and are fed up with having to straighten your hair every day then this hair dryer is a good alternative.

You can have smooth frizz free hair in half the time of using a straightener and this hair dryer is less likely to damage your hair.


Any negatives?

 Although the air from the dryer is not as hot as other makes, the actual hair dryer itself can get very hot near the tip. A few users said they burned their hands after trying to take the nozzle off the dryer immediately after using it.

It is much better to leave the dryer to cool after use before removing any attachments.   Some people with fine, straight hair said that this hair dryer they were disappointed with the results they got from this dryer.

They said it left their hair duller and less voluminous than with other blow dryers they have used.   The standard dryer does not come with a diffuser. However you can be one separately or buy one as part of a kit.


When I first saw the price tag my reaction was ouch! This is an expensive blow dryer. However, if you are looking for a high quality product to look after your hair and give you quality results for many years then this is well worth investing in. The air model is a joy to use.

To compare prices from the big online shops then scroll to the top of the page. We show you the cheapest prices online!

2nd Hand Prices via Ebay

Having checked the prices, you can get a used Air for roughly half the price which is just over £50. There are also a lot of listings for new dryers as well. ** Click here to see EBAY Prices **

GHD Aura

When it comes to hair dryers how much new “innovative technology” does it actually need? We think it needs five things

  1. Lightweight – so those blessed with long hair can hold a blow dryer up without requiring to rest their hands during each session.
  2. Quiet motor – Hair dryers are just so darn noisy
  3. Doesn’t get too hot – How many of us have burnt our fingers on a scorching hot dryer
  4. Fast – We want our hair to be dry in minutes rather than hours!
  5. Looks amazing – OK so this one isn’t quite as important but if you are going to spend a lot of money on something it is nice if it looks and feels like it was worth the money.

The Aura by GHD has a number of new technology features that are trademarked and aim to satisfy the top 5 list.

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      • innovative concentrator nozzle


    • 4 metres long cord



    •  removable mesh filter



    • external power supplyRemovable mesh filter



    • Has 3 heat settings – cold air, medium heat and maximum heat plus two speed settings



    • For power, this hairdryer has a maximum and a medium speed



    • 1 concentrator nozzle 85mm wide



    • Cool Shot Button



    • Laminair Technology


      Laminair Technology is a unique technology that allows the hair dryer to more efficiently deliver a concentrated section of hot air to a specific area of the hair. If you prefer dividing your hair into sections during blowouts or blow-dry sessions, you will quickly notice your dryer interferes with other sections of the hair.   The model has a very unique power supply feature. This feature actually reduces the overall weight of the dryer. This helps the users arms not get tired during drying. The power unit is 1 metre from the mains power supply so you have 3 metres of cable to move around with. This is the same as most professional dryers including the Air.  

Concentrator Nozzle with Cool-Wall Technology

  Essentially the dryer creates a ring of colder air around the hot air which prevents the nozzle and exterior from getting too hot. Now you can avoid accidentally burning yourself when the dryer is very close to your scalp.   This is designed specifically for the aura so unfortunately you cannot use the nozzle on other brands or even the GHD Air   

The Advanced Ioniser

  The Aura includes an built-in ioniser that helps remove static electricity for its users, and in turn reduces frizz. Hair comes out looking incredible, and most users are incredibly pleased with the product and results. This ionic technology is clearly an advantage.   Prior to owning these high-tech dryers, most users will struggle with flyaway hair, frizz, and more.  One of the best routines when drying hair is to direct the airflow straight down towards the head. This will reduce frizz and unwanted results.  


  The typical full head of hair will only take around 15 minutes on average to dry with this dryer. This is a professional grade dryer.  The GHD Aura hairdryer, in terms of power and efficiency, is a little lower than the Air model.   The Air is about 1800 -2100 Watts, while the Aura is only 1400-1600 Watts. While this model is a little less powerful, it is much more energy efficient and a lot quieter than other models.   The Air dryer will only dry the hair 5 min quicker than the Aura. There is no significant power/effectiveness difference in the two models.   One of the major benefits to the GHD Aura is that it is dramatically quieter, lighter, and is far more energy efficient than the average hairdryer on the market.  Most importantly, will this dryer make your hair look great?   The Aura is also quite a bit thinner than the Air. While very similar in appearances, it is a sleeker, better-designed model.   This new model is a whopping 27% lighter and less noisy. This is a great tool for both professional and at home use.  

Final Thoughts

  This GHD Aura hair dryer checks all of the “great hairdryer” boxes.  New technology combined with its power and sleek design, leaves us with an incredible upgrade from past models. It is almost completely cool to the touch after use, and is incredibly light.   If this model had the same strength and power of the GHD Air, this would be the perfect fit. All things considered, this is an incredible choice.   Because cheaper dryers and straighteners can cause massive damage to hair over time, it’s important to spend a little extra to get a high quality tools.  If you’re rocking the old school dryer, it is time for an upgrade! Make the GHD Aura your next dryer.  


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