'I tried the new ghd that transforms hair from wet to styled. Here's my honest review.'

Mamamia’s Tried and Tested series is your review of the latest to hit our desks in beauty, health and wellbeing. You won’t find any #sponsored content here, just honest, relatable and independent advice. This week, Mamamia's Senior Health and Beauty Writer reviews the ghd Duet Style 2-In-1 Hot Air Styler.

There’s a new hair tool slinking around. Have you seen it?

It's called the ghd Duet Style 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler – and it promises to transform your hair from wet-to-dry and sleek in minutes, with zero damage.

It's having a moment on social media right now - but does it actually do what it says on the box?

Watch: Mamamia's Senior Beauty Writer Erin Docherty tries the new ghd Duet Style 2-In-1 Hot Air Styler.

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To save you from dropping $595 on a tool you won't use (because there's literally nothing worse), I've tried it first.

Here's my honest review.

What is the ghd Duet Style 2-in-1 Hot Air Styler?

Doubling down as a blow dryer and a straightener, this newbie takes away the need for two styling tools, as well as minimising heat damage to hair.


Instead of frying the life out of your hair, it uses something described as 'Air-Fusion' technology - which uses a lower temperature of 120°C with airflow to dry and style your hair at the same time. This protects your hair from becoming damaged.

Here she is!

It also comes with something called a 'Shine Shot' mode that can be used to style your hair further, post-drying. You can pretty much create any kind of style you want - from curls and waves to a sleek and shiny look.


The tool also features four low-temperature styling plates that provide even heat distribution - so you don't need to fiddle around with different temperatures..

All up, it promises glossier, frizz-free and protected hair. Which honestly sounds like a good time for any head of hair.

How did you go with it?

I'm someone with frizzy, thick hair who absolutely loathes the whole process of washing and styling your hair in the morning when I'd much rather be... still asleep. It's just TOO much work. So, I was excited to see if I could save time and effort. 

Obviously, there are tons of really technologically advanced tools on the hair market these days - with Dyson’s game-changing tools being probably the most notable. 

I'm a big fan of the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and smoothing head combo (the attachment that looks like an elephant) - and this is usually my go-to when I'm in a rush, but still don't want to leave the house looking like Hagrid.

ghd markets this tool as being the first of its kind - and I couldn't help but feel like I've seen similar wet-to-dry tools on the beauty scene years ago.

However, the difference here is in the science behind it. The ones in the past would absolutely annihilate the health of your hair (*insert that familiar burning smell*), whereas this won’t dry out your hair, or make it sizzle and burn.


Instead of torching your hair with heat, the low-temperature plates work to style and smooth your hair without damaging it.

Now, the review. The all-important review.

To test out how quick and easy it really was, I started drying/styling my wet hair at 7:15am, jusssst in time to make the 8am bus.

After washing my hair, I towel-dried it out, before grabbing a claw clip and separating my hair into sections.

My first impression? The device is actually quite large - but confusingly lightweight. 

Once plugged in, it was ready to go in a matter of seconds (the white light around the on/off switch simply stops flashing, and it beeps). 

The tool itself is slightly louder than I thought it would be (I honestly didn't know what to expect) but in saying that - it's definitely quieter than a normal hairdryer. 

As per the instructions, I clamped the tool at my roots and held it there for two to three seconds, before gliding it down and repeating the same motion three to four times on each section. It's exactly the same kind of action as staightening your hair - only you have to go over the same section a couple more times.

I was almost gearing myself up to hear a 'sizzling' noise when applying it straight to my wet hair, but this didn't happen.

My immediate impression was how quickly it dried the hair - everything immediately looked shiny and sleek (note: I applied ghd Sleek Talker Wet To Sleek Styling Oil pre-styling).


The whole sectioning of the hair thing is something I always find really hard because I’m impatient and usually just start going rogue - but the plates are quite wide and you can grab a pretty decent section each time.

After my hair was dry, it was time to switch over to the 'Shine Shot' mode. There’s a button that allows you to turn off the dryer and crank up the heat for an even sleeker, straighter look.

Image: Supplied.


Now, while the tongs are quite wide, the straightening plates themselves are skinnier than what I'm used to with my OG ghd straightener. 

On this one, there’s an 'airstrip' kind of thing running down the middle for the blow-drying function, so you do have to go over certain sections a little more than usual.

It looks like this:

See? The heating plates down the side, the blow dry thingy down the middle.


Overall, though, my hair already looked pretty straight and frizz-free after the blow-drying part - but it's nice for an extra shiny finish.

The verdict.

Okay! Here's what my hair looked like before and after:

Before and after using the ghd duet styler.


All up, it took around 30 minutes to dry and straighten my hair. And yes, I made my bus.

I found the tool to be really easy to use, and it definitely took less time than having to pull out my blow dryer, dry my hair, take out my straightener and wait for it to heat up.

As someone with thick hair, I did have to work through a lot of sections (quite quickly too, because of the bus), but I was basically doing what I'd do if I was straightening my hair - only I was drying AND straightening at the same time.

In terms of the results, one of the biggest things I noticed was how soft and healthy my hair felt afterwards. There were a few frizzy bits around my part line - but it also was a 40-degree day, so the humidity was real.

Overall, this is a great tool for people who are short on time and want to be able to quickly style up their hair without pulling out a hundred different tools. 

I'll definitely be using it again because I'll do anything for extra time in bed.

If you want to check out the new ghd Duet Style 2-In-1 Hot Air Styler, it's available in black and white from salons, in department stores or online at

Feature image: Supplied; Mamamia.

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