Looking to upgrade to a better flat iron? Great! I was in your situation recently, so I did some research and eventually narrowed my options down to the GHD Platinum Plus and the GHD Gold straightener. I then decided to buy both flat irons so I could see which model performed best on my hair.
Check out the official Gold vs Platinum Plus comparison video here. Okay, there’s nothing official about it. But it is fun! I do close ups of the straighteners and show you the plate gap in one of the models. Then i make an assessment off of the results and pick a winner!
What is the cost of the Platinum Plus and Gold straighteners?
The GHD Platinum Plus is priced at $249 and cost $50 more than the Gold, putting the Gold at $199. You can find these straighteners online at the official GHD website, Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and other beauty sites. I bought my straightener at the official GHD website because they were offering a 15% off discount for first time purchases. However, I didn’t like GHDs return policy ‘21 days to return the flat iron’. Amazon has fast shipping and a generous return policy for prime members. Just something to think about.
Initial thoughts on Platinum Plus and Gold
I bought the white Platinum Plus and the black Gold straightener, and I must say, I am absolutely in love with the way the white Platinum plus looks and feels! I really wish the Gold styler came in cool metallic colors like the Platinum Plus model does. Points to Platinum+ for having a variety of fun colors to choose from. ***The GHD website is offering to personalize your straightener for free! You can get your name on your hair straightener. Super cute!
Oh, the tech! These are both premium high-quality straighteners. However, the technology is in the Platinum plus is slightly more advanced than the Gold, and many other straighteners on the market. The Platinum plus better sensors and that’s supposed keep an even temperature regulated throughout the plates so you don’t have hot spots and burn your hair. The tech in the Platinum plus is also claims to be better for dyed/colored hair and preventing breakage.
My video review of these straighteners will show you the box up close so you can see written specs and benefits. You’ll notice there is an Allure beauty award showing the Platinum Plus is a superb item.
The Platinum Plus has a faster heat up time than the Gold. The Platinum Plus takes 20 seconds while the Gold straightener takes 25 seconds to heat up. Personally, I do not think a five-second difference matters. It’s the all about the results; straightening, curling softness and shine.
They both have swiveling cords so when you’re straightening your hair the cord doesn’t get tangled up. One thing to note is the color availability of each model. Ghd Gold is offered mainly in the standard black color although I have seen some special color editions on their website. I see a lot more variety in colors and designs with the new Platinum plus. while platinum plus comes in a wide variety of colors such as white, red, and prints.
Don’t fear the gap I know some people have complained that the plates don’t touch in the Platinum Plus straighteners, but I’ve read that’s actually not a bad thing and it’s even intentional. It’s actually better for your hair if there’s a gap between your straighteners plates. You don’t want to damage your hair by squeezing the plates when straightening and putting pressure and breakage on your hair.
Both on buttons light up when pressed.
My hair is pretty damaged and wavy I just want you to see that I do have waves in my hair so let’s see which straightener can actually tackle the waves.
I usually like to pull my hair up and straighten my hair in three sections; all the hair below my ears, then the middle of myhair, and lastly the top crown of my head.
Platinum Plus is the one that cost more. It is the one that’s supposed to be a more premium model says GHD. Note*** it really could vary on hair type so maybe my hair type is better suited for this gold.
Your hair might respond better to a different straightener, but if your hair is like mine where it’s pretty thin you have a lot of waves when you wake up just natural waves not like the pretty waves but just kind of like all throughout and random places. Maybe you bleach highlight and balayage your hair too so it’s on the drier side. If your hair sounds like my hair I’m gonna have to say it the gold did better it just did. I I really really really wanted to love the Platinum Plus but for some reason it didn’t do as good of a job as the Gold did. The Gold made my hair softer and smoother
I feel I don’t know if it’s me again but I feel like the gold is better again we try to do a really nice one come on Platinum Plus give me a beautiful pearl that’s the saddest curl I’ve ever seen. I don’t know man platinum gold I feel like the gold comes out it’s just easier let’s do this all on yo like with nice waves with the gold the gold just a smidge.
These are both stunning straighteners. However, the Platinum Plus has a sexier modern look, with the wishbone hinge. See my chart for photo.
Honestly, I was rooting for the Platinum Plus because I felt the higher cost would yield a superior product that’s better but I’m honestly really impressed with the Gold. If they both cost the same and all were equal beside the actual results, then I would have to declare the Gold to be the best. I like the gold better. We Have A Winner = The Gold!
I hope this helped answer any questions you may have had. I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite GHD straightener!