I got my L’Oreal Steampod for Christmas back in 2017. I recorded my initial impressions in January, but I wanted to use it for a few months before given it a full review. So well over a year later, here I am, ready to tell you what I do and don’t love about it and answer the ultimate question, is the L’Oreal Steampod better than Peter Mark’s GHD.
The L’Oreal Steampod comes with 2 parts, the straightener and the steampod.
Basically, you set the temperature you want (up to 210 degrees), fill the steampod with water and start styling! There is a knack to it though; you can watch my video on Facebook to see how I use it, but here are some tips:
- Your hair MUST be brushed thoroughly. The straightener has a tiny comb attached and it gets caught in your hair if it’s knotty. Although you can remove the comb to avoid this.
- Move slowly through the hair. You should then only need to go over your hair once with the plates rather than multiple times.
- This is unlike any other hair tool on the market. The steam penetrates your hair so it’s left looking seriously glossy, healthy and POKER straight. My hair even stays straight until the next time I wash it.
- I have LOADS of hair and it straightens my whole head in about 10 minutes (that is ridiculous with hair like mine!).
- It is said to not cause any heat damage and I have to agree. I have not seen any damage to my hair so far.
I love this tool so much. If you have curly or frizzy hair, this is what you have been looking for your whole life!
I am being incredibly picky here but there are a couple of things worth noting:
- It’s bulky so it is not as travel friendly as a GHD.
- The wire is thick and tangles very easily which can be frustrating at times.
- I find I don’t get as long between washes due to the moisture that the steam produces.
Did you know that GHD stands for Good Hair Day? It was marketed as “A quick and easy way to bring you from frizz to salon-fresh looking hair within minutes” and to be fair the GHD was revolutionary! I have had so many of them throughout the years so let me give you my view on the pros and cons.
- They work! The ceramic plates straighten and curl your hair within minutes.
- It’s very lightweight which makes it much handier than the Steampod for travelling and for professionals.
- It heats up really quickly so there’s no waiting around.
- It’s definitely easier to curl with the GHD than the Steampod.
- They are not durable in my experience. Every single GHD I’ve had has broke. My friends and family can atest to this too.
- The thin ceramic plates, and lack of steam, means it takes me twice as long to straighten my hair with this than with the Steampod.
- After use, my hair felt dried out, and over time, it definitely damaged my hair.
L’Oreal Steampod or GHD?
The Steampod without a shadow of a doubt! There are pros and cons with both but overall, the Steampod is the tool for me! I had to reach hard to point out the cons, to be honest. It is more expensive than the GHD but so worth the investment. I definitely recommend purchasing. The cheapest I could find was on Look Fantastic here.
Thanks for reading,
Author: Carly Colgan Bates
An avid traveller and beauty addict, Carly hopes that by sharing her travels and beauty tips, she will motivate people to see more of this beautiful world… and look good whilst doing it!