The GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush Gave Me the Perfect ’90s Blowout

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4.9

ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

What We Like
  • Speeds up dry time

  • Chic design

  • Comfortable handle grip

  • Strong bristles

What We Don’t Like
  • Some reviewers don't love the thin handle

ghd’s Ceramic Vented Radial Brush has a super comfortable grip and an efficient dry time thanks to its ventilated, ceramic design. It's expensive, but I think it’s an investment worth making if you'd like to do weekly home blowouts.

4.9

ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

We put the ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

Blow drying your hair can take a lot of time, especially if your hair is long or thick. That’s the main reason why I don’t care for the at-home effort. Though I’ve always loved the look of a blowout, I’m not someone who likes to spend a lot of time on personal grooming.

When I got asked to test the ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush with the promise of a faster blowout, I was intrigued and eager to put its claim to the test. I ended up pleasantly surprised by its comfort, design, and speedy delivery. Keep reading for my honest review.

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Uses: Drying and styling hair

Price: $40

Best Features: Vented ceramic barrel

About the brand: ghd is a global leader in professional-grade hair styling tools, now celebrating their 20th anniversary. Their tools have won multiple beauty awards and are a top choice for celebrity hairstylists all over the world.

About My Hair: Misshapen waves

My hair is thick and wavy, falling right around shoulder length. I wear my hair up a lot, so my waves tend to get all misshapen, creasing at the seams of any hair tie with every updo. When I want to clean up, I like to smooth out my strands. I’ve been using a flat iron lately because it’s so much quicker than blow-drying with a brush, and the barrel sizes on my hot brushes work better for longer lengths. I never brush my hair, and I normally always air dry with a heat protectant and leave-in conditioner (Davines OI All-in-One Milk Spray). If I put any heat on my hair, it’s on the second day once my hair has dried on its own, because I like to keep my heat exposure down to a minimum. 

Design & Packaging: Chic, luxurious comfort 

This brush is packaged in a way that makes me feel like I’m opening up a box of jewelry. Placing it back in its box after use is a small touch of luxury and sophistication. The design of the brush itself is beautiful. It’s all black, with a chic, velvety handle that’s easy to hold and comfortable to turn during use. 

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

This brush is packaged in a way that makes me feel like I’m opening up a box of jewelry.

Performance: Reliable and fast-drying

Ceramic brushes are my personal favorites. The ventilated design helps to distribute heat easily and therefore help the hair to dry faster. With a faster drying time, you skip wasting precious time and energy and also protect your strands from damage from overheating.

The bristles are strong and stiff, and as someone with thicker hair, I appreciated being able to tackle this blow-dry with steadiness and precision.

The bristles are strong and stiff, and as someone with thicker hair, I appreciated being able to tackle this blow-dry with steadiness and precision. There was no bristle manipulation from melting or simply losing shape under the heat during use. The fact that these bristles held up is a key factor of quality I look for when trying any round brush.  

The handle’s soft, matte finish is so comfortable and easy to grip during use which makes for smooth transitions and movement within the hair. I also liked the narrowness of this brush. When handles are too thick, they feel very awkward and uncomfortable to me. This brush had no learning curve - it was easy and comfortable from the get-go. 

How to Use: On nearly dry hair 

The key to using any round brush correctly is to be sure your hair is at least 80 percent dry before going in to style and smooth. You can rough-dry wet hair with a blow dryer before going in, or air dry like I did to avoid excess heat exposure. Using a nozzle on your dryer will help direct your airflow with more precision and should always be pointed at the hair around the brush. Beginning at the roots and finishing at the ends is the best way to remove the moisture from your hair, so I started with a small section close to the scalp and worked my way down. The sections you take should be roughly the same size as the barrel, if not slightly smaller. To get extra volume, over-direct your brush to help it set with a little extra drama. Also—tension, tension, tension! Tension is key to taking full control of your style’s outcome and tending to it with precision, and with this brush’s comfortable grip, it was super easy to be in the driver’s seat. 

The Results: Soft and bouncy

My trials with this brush were always on second day, air-dried hair that had been in various buns and was completely disheveled. The brush smoothed out my kinks and curves with little effort and didn’t require multiple run-throughs of the same section to see a change in my hair’s texture. My hair felt full of volume but also had a softness to its new bounce that reminded me of early ‘90s blowouts

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

The Value: Lasting quality

This brush is expensive, as are many of ghd’s products, in my opinion. As a professional, the price doesn’t bother me so much because I see it as an investment in my kit, and factor my kit expenses into my pricing structure. So in my mind, their tools are investments that last me a long time, look professional, and are paid off in no time. Replacing tools is not something I want to have to do as often as I replenish products. But as a consumer, I think it can be harder to justify the expense unless you’re blowing out your hair multiple times a week.

Other ceramic brushes retail for roughly between $20 and $30, while this brush is $40. As a consumer, my pet peeves when it comes to round brushes include bristles that don’t hold their shape, having hair get caught in the base of the brush, no heat protection, and needing to go over sections multiple times to see desired results. The ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush won’t do any of those things. It’ll leave you with quality results in record time. I can undoubtedly vouch for its value, but if you don’t blow out your hair too often, I understand the hesitation to invest. 

ghd Ceramic Radial Hair Brush

Byrdie / Ashley Rubell

Similar Products: You've got options

Paul Mitchell’s Neuro Titanium Round Brush ($23): Prior to testing the ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush, my go-to brush for myself and my clients has been the Neuro Titanium Round Brush from Paul Mitchell. It's reliably given me the quickest dry time on every hair type. The bristles aren’t as stiff and sturdy as the ghd brush’s, but they’ve held up over about five years of everyday use before beginning to lose their shape. Titanium isn’t as protective as ceramic, so if you have fine hair and are worried about heat damage, you might want to stick with the ghd. If you’re more concerned about price point, the Neuro brushes are half the cost and will give you similar efficiency in dry time. 

Final Verdict

If you’re committed to your hair’s health, you blow-dry your hair frequently, want to invest in efficient tools, or are simply looking for a comfortable brush with lasting quality, the ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush is a no-brainer. Yes, it’s pricey, but with a long lifespan of quality results, I think it’s worth the time and damage it’ll save you and your hair.

Specs

  • Product Name Ceramic Vented Radial Brush
  • Product Brand ghd
  • UPC 893192002538
  • Price $40.00
  • Weight 3.53 oz.
  • Material Ceramic
  • Warranty 21 day no hassle return policy

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