Review: ghd Style Curl Hold Spray

It seems to be the thing to do for a company who is famous for one thing, to start making supporting products. Ghd is another company - incredibly well-known for their straighteners - who have branched out into styling products. I had the opportunity to try one of them, the Curl Hold Spray, so here are my thoughts about it :) Please keep in mind that I have the fattest hair in the world - each strand is thick, and I have LOADS of it - and that I am generally crap at doing anything with my hair.

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.

Now the only issue - and this is the big issue - that I had with the ghd product is that it didn't work very well. I don't really want to post pics of the 'after' as I was slightly pissed (slightly may be a bit modest) but when I went out, I had curls like above. When I came home, I had big, natural waves - almost like I'd just curled the bottom a bit. It's not a bad look, but considering it's meant to be its primary function to hold curls.. it just wasn't good enough for me, especially compared to the Lee Stafford.

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 :)

*Received for consideration.


  1. I hate the smell of the Lee Strafford products, so I'd probably much prefer this, but the price puts me off :( xx

    1. Yea it's quite expensive if it doesn't work on you! Feel Unique is your best shot :)

  2. Thanks for the review on the Curl Spray. *sighs* I too have the thickest hair on earth that's both curly/wavy and frizzy. What are some of the products you use to style your hair right now? I haven't found my Holy Grail curl styler yet.

    1. I generally don't style my hair, but when I do I use the Lee Stafford product I mentioned, a hot curler/straightener and I'm sorted :) For frizz or flyaways I either use Aussie Curl something serum or a Japanese hair cream, but I found that VO5 clays work well too :)

  3. Must give this a try...curls never stay in my hair

  4. this is a brilliant review, you try so hard to be nice but if it doesnt work for your hair then meh, thats not your fault! i need a pair of ghds lol


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  5. Your hair looks so nice! I'm definately going to be trying these products out, thanks xxx

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  7. Great Blog! I really like the photography, hehe!


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