GHD has launched Max, its supersize styler that aims to halve styling time for thick, long and curly hair.

But does it do what it says it does? We put the GHD Max Styler to the test and were pleasantly surprised with the results.

  • GHD Max, £179, from ghdhair.com – buy here

The new GHD Max is its wide plate professional hair straightener, with dual-zone technology and 70 per cent larger plates.

It's been fitted with wide 1.65 styling plates that are ideal for styling  long, thick and curly hair types in half the time.

The new styling plates harness two new generation heat sensors for consistent heat distribution, and also maintain a consistent 185°C from root to tip so not to damage your hair.

But is it the right styler for you? We put the GHD Max through it's paces.

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First thoughts

I have fine hair, but there's a lot of it; which can make it difficult to achieve any sleek, straight look, as any definition I achieve quickly becomes tangled and frizzy. A 'max' tool, and one with wider plates could potentially be the answer to my woes.

At first look it's a gorgeous looking straightener, and despite its 'maximum' size and name it's easy to hold in your hands and doesn't feel clunky.

The sleek plates are contoured by design to glide through your hair, and it heats up quickly, in 30 seconds – which while standard now is still a great feature.

Performance

When it comes to the straightening itself, the wider plates (3.54 x 1.65 inches to be exact) mean more hair can be straightened at once.

Their smooth high gloss coating helps to give you hair extra shine, and it's noticeable.

Straightening provides a smooth, shiny result with no kinks (as you're not having to take the hair into as many sections).

In fact, I love the sleek result so much the GHD Max has become my straightener of choice.

For curls, it gives a gorgeous undone curl that is perfect for creating a laid back, boho wave that's the perfect summer style – because over styling your hair, is so 2019.

The curved edges of the straightener also means that your hair doesn't get caught as you wrap your hair around to create the curl.

Verdict

The GHD Max has been designed for those with curly, thick hair, so if you have especially thin or fine hair this may not be the tool for you.

But we found it lives up to it's promise – and cuts the time in half needed to style your hair, as the powerful 185C styling temperature efficiently styles but doesn't your hair, providing an impressive super sleek result.

The wider plates reduce the need for a number of sections, and we found you don't have to repeat the process as much as you would with a normal, thinner straightener.

Plus we loved the effect it gave when we curled our hair.

We noticed that our hair felt super smooth, and shinier, after using it too.

The GHD Max is our new favourite straightener, and a must have for anyone with thick, or curly hair.

The new GHD Max is available from ghdhair.com for £179.

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