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* GHD Oracle PR sample
I was so excited to get my sample of the GHD Oracle that I actually started dreaming about it! Sad, I know! Anyway, I have it now and I like it a lot. Here’s my review along with a video demonstration. Keep reading for info on price and where to buy it.
So I had a demonstration at the Rush salon on Piccadilly, where I was shown how to use the Oracle and I had a little play myself. But I knew I had to start from scratch myself to truly work out how to use it!
What is GHD Oracle?
- Professional tool that creates curls in one stroke
- 6 years of development
- Curl-zone technology – unique U shaped barrel with 4 ceramic plates
- Flash-cooling plates instantly set the curl
- Immediate cooling ensures long lasting results
- Cool plates mean that tool can be placed near roots
- Hair is styles at 185 degrees which is the ideal curl forming temperature
How To Use It?
So this is the fun part. To get the best results, hair should be freshly washed and free from product so that the Oracle can easily glide through the hair.
You need to keep the Oracle logo on the top as you clamp the hair. You need to ensure that the section of hair runs over the cool section on the outer part of the tool to form the curl. Once you have run the section through the tool, you give it a little twirl in the direction of the curl and then move on to the next section.
Watch my video to see how I curl in different directions. It takes a little bit of practice but once you get the knack, you’re all set!
Is the GHD Oracle better than curling with a straightener?
So the answer to this is, it depends! For me, it is way better than curling with a straightener because I am just not good at using a straightener to create waves. After a bit of practice, I find the Oracle so easy to use, so for me, it’s incredible.
If you are a dab hand at straightener waves, then it’s not such an easy decision. The only thing that the Oracle has in its favour is the Curl-zone technology which means not only does it create curls and waves, it sets them too. This means that Oracle waves should last longer than straightener waves. I definitely find that to be true. If you don’t wash your hair every day, this might be worth the investment.
It it better than curling with a wand or tong?
This is a really good question as I love the GHD curling tools. My favourites are the Creature Curve Curl Wand for curls, the Curve Classic Wave Wand for waves, and the Curve Classic Curl Wand for a glam look.
I love curling my hair with the above tools, and until now, they have been the only way I want to curl my hair. I could live without the Oracle because I have these tools, but it still does have its advantages over these individual tools.
Firstly, it has been designed to create a multitude of different looks so the one tool could replace a whole drawer full of curlers. But if you had them already, why would you need to?
Again the main advantage is the curl setting technology with the flash-cool zones. These reduce the temperature by 100 degrees to ensure the style is set and the curl lasts. If I use the Oracle properly, the style definitely lasts longer. However, if you are happy with your current curler and how your waves last, then I’d say you don’t need it.
Is it better for curling than than the Dyson Airwrap?
For someone with thick hair, I would say definitely yes. My hair is too wiry and heavy for the Airwrap barrels, so I have to use tiny sections to get a good curl or wave. In addition to this, because the temperature is lower on the Airwrap, I find that the curls drop much more quickly. Although the Dyson does leave a nice bounce and shape, the curls are gone pretty fast. I think it’s much better on finer, lighter hair.
Also, you can only really get one type of curl with the Airwrap. However, with the GHD Oracle, you can use different angles to get a variety of different curls and waves. I am still playing with it to learn all the different options.
I use my Dyson with the hair brush attachment to dry my hair every time I wash it because I love how smooth and soft it makes my hair. However, I rarely use it to curl anymore. It is too time intensive and I don’t find the results for curling last long enough. Almost 500 quid is way too much for what has basically become a posh hairdryer! I’d miss if it I didn’t have it now and my son loves it for drying and smoothing his hair quickly every morning, but that’s not worth the money for me.
How Much is the GHD Oracle and where can you buy it?
The tool is £175, so the same as the latest straightener launch from GHD, the Platinum Plus. Where to buy it is the hard part. GHD have decided to retail the new tool exclusively at Rush Salons. This is because they believe that every customer needs to know how to use it to get the best out of it.
Whilst I agree, I do feel this is slightly unpractical. It is pretty inconvenient for anyone that isn’t local to a Rush salon.
I say, give it six months (hopefully soon) and we could see this being retailed online at GHD once it becomes more widely used. I think you can probably work it out with a video or two, so hopefully things will go that way.
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