With all the product recommendations, make-up tutorials and flawless photos they post on social media, it can be easy to assume that the Love Island lot are all beauty pros.

So it was refreshing to hear India Reynolds admit that, like a lot of us, she struggles to style her hair.

“Blow drying, for me, takes ages,” she confesses. “I’m not very good at it and it’s awkward to hold.”

However, the 2019 finalist has discovered the perfect way to create the effect of a salon blow dry at home, using this nifty new hair tool.

The 28-year-old took to Instagram Stories to demonstrate using the ghd Rise Hot Brush, £169 here , for the first time.

This round-bristle brush claims to easily add volume and movement to the hair. The barrel of the brush heats up to 185 degrees, with smart technology monitoring the temperature of the barrel 250 times a second, yet the bristles and the tip remain touchably cool.

India demonstrates how to use the ghd Rise

In her tutorial India starts by dividing up her hair, then she takes sections and wraps them around the hot brush, curling the ends inwards.

After a couple of attempts, she is clearly impressed with the bouncy results.

“Oh my god I love it already,” she says excitedly. “It’s just like having a blow dry!”

“My hair’s quite frizzy after I wash it, and I feel like it takes all the frizziness out of the hair. And it’s so much quicker than curlers.”

After doing the other side, India finishes off her ‘do by pulling the front sections forward and up. “I’m obsessed with it! This is going to be life changing,” she says.

India shares the final result
India shares the final result

“I recommend this 100 per cent to anyone who’s not good at doing hair. It’s a must-have.”

OK!’s beauty editor Laura Mulley was one of the first to get her hand on this new beauty gadget. Now, after using it for a few months, here’s what she thinks of it…

Laura says…

In my opinion, ghd straighteners are the best on the market, but this latest launch, the Rise at first didn’t seem that revolutionary. “A hot brush?” I thought. “Haven’t they been around for ages?”

The ghd Rise is perfect for creating bounce and volume
The ghd Rise is perfect for creating bounce and volume

However, it claimed to answer all my hair prayers – turning my super-straight, pancake-flat hair into something resembling a voluminous blow dry, quickly and with minimal effort.

First, a note: like India, I too am hopeless at styling my hair. Arm-achingly, forehead-scaldingly hopeless. So it really couldn’t be more true when I say that if I can get results from this, anyone can.

Taking one large-ish section of hair at a time, I brush through once to smooth and detangle. Next, I hold the tool at the base of the hair for a few seconds to lift to my roots. Finally, I wrap the hair around the brush about halfway down and pull slowly through. The result is a loose wave, and something vaguely resembling that cool-girl, next-day blow dry effect.

Hairdresser Zoe Irwin also used the ghd Rise on Laura in the salon
Hairdresser Zoe Irwin also used the ghd Rise on Laura in the salon

Over the months I’ve learnt a few more tips: brush through the lengths slowly to set the shape. Focus the volume around the crown for a Bardot-esque effect. And if you’re creating curls, alternating the direction of them gives a more undone effect.

I find the Rise much easier to use than straighteners or tongs, as brushing my hair is pretty much the one thing I CAN do. I also love that the bristles and tip don’t get hot, meaning I can press it right into my roots and manoeuvre my hair around the brush with my hands without causing third-degree burns.

It doesn’t create such a strong shape as straighteners or tongs, and the waves don’t last as long, but I love the subtle movement it gives. I find it works better on second-day hair, perfect for teasing my unruly bed-head kinks into something more uniform. But a little extra oomph with minimum effort? Like India, I’m completely obsessed.






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