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14 memories from when every Irish girl was obsessed with her GHDs

1. In the early 2000s, this was the ideal for hair

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It was to be sleek and straight, unnaturally so.

2. Any sort of wave or frizz was to be eliminated

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Once the straight hair trend hit, your natural hair was never to be seen again.

3. First, you went at your head with a clothes iron…

Or you got a trusted friend to do it for you. Either way, you were taking your life into your hands.

4. …But when GHDs came in, you went wild for them

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The convenience! And you could get them in PINK!

5. You got up at the crack of dawn every morning to ensure your hair was pin-straight before you had to face the world

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Imagine going out with *gasps* CURLY HAIR? Life wouldn’t be worth living.

6. You burned your fingers, your scalp, your neck, your ears

You think teenage girls aren’t tough? Look at our hair straightener war wounds!

7. As well as nightstands, carpets, and other random objects

Figuring out where to leave the still-hot straighteners after you’d finished using them was always a bit of a problem. There were some casualties.

8. Your hair constantly had that ‘just ironed’ scent

It’s not a particularly bad smell, just… not healthy.

9. Which worsened when you straightened your hair while it was still damp

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The ultimate no-no. STEAM would come off it. You knew it was bad, but the need to straighten was just too strong.

10. You’ve never sweated more than when you tried to straighten your hair in summer

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You toil over a burning hot GHD for hours, only for it to be ruined by humidity the second you walk out the door. That’s true heartbreak.

11. You ploughed through bottles of seemingly useless ‘heat protection spray’

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No spray was a match for your over-zealous straightener use. You know that now.

12. You lived in fear of accidentally leaving them plugged in

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A bigger issue than leaving the immersion on for teenage girls in the 2000s.

13. You actually did leave them plugged in once, and got absolutely murdered

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Which is fair, since you nearly murdered everyone yourself.

14. You’re probably still using the exact same ones you got all those years ago

GHDs of a certain vintage simply refuse to die.

You’re not so obsessed with your hair being ramrod straight now though. And it’s probably all the better for it.

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