ghd V Opal review plus easy victory rolls tips

Kimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rolls

ghd V Opal review

I’m sharing how I straightened my hair, easy peasy tips for victory rolls made easier by the ghd, and my ghd V Opal review.

It’s not every day I am presented with a fancy pants ghd V Opal styler and challenged to create a new hairstyle.

As a curly girlie in the midst of an Australian summer and battling the hair chaos caused by off the scale humidity, it was indeed a challenge!

One morning, I pulled my Big Girl Panties on and decided to pick up my ghd V Opal and unleash some creativity.

Firstly, I washed my hair and applied heat protection products. I blow dried it, smoothing it as much as possible with my fingers as I went.  Using sectioning clips, I made sure all the layers of my hair were completely dry.  Damp hair and a ghd is a very bad combination, unless singed hair is your goal.

I almost never blow dry my hair, and always leave it slightly damp when I use my diffuser for my usual curly style.  Just blowdrying my hair completely dry was rather the challenge for me!

Next up, I used my sectioning clips again and using my ghd, I smoothed small sections of my hair.  Starting from the base of my neck and moving to the sides of my hair. Whilst the ghd could cope with thicker sections, I found it an easier process to straighten small sections of hair.

As I straightened each section, I flicked the styler towards me to curl the hair under.  I always find it better to work with my hair’s natural curl, and this manoeuvre gave me a great finish.

Sectioning clips are an essential tool for ghd styling.  I find I get much more control over my hair when working in sections.

Once I had straightened every section, I smoothed my hair with my Mason Pearson tail comb, then applied a little smoothing serum cream with my hands.Kimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rolls

The following day, I decided to try a style that I’ve been trying to crack for a while.  Retro cute victory rolls!

Kimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rolls

I had been Googling tutes and pinning how to guides, but had just never managed to find one that didn’t assume I already knew what I was doing.  Just saying “roll the hair” and “pin the hair” wasn’t enough information for me.  If I could manage that on my own, well, I didn’t need a tute, did I?

Finally, I entered the term “victory rolls for dummies” and victory! #seewhatIdidthere

The best victory roll tute ever

A Fancy but Lazy Girl's Victory Roll Tutorial from

click here for the XO Jane tutorial that worked for me

Kimba Likes victory roll tips

  • Starting with straightened hair made it far easier for me to roll than working with curly hair
  • One day old straightened hair had a bit more grip than freshly washed, dried and straightened hair
  • I added a twist as I was rolling the biggest section of hair which stopped it collapsing in my hand
  • Starting from midway down the section of the largest section of hair to be rolled was easier than rolling from the very end
  • I found it easier to roll the biggest section first
  • Have a couple of bobby pins easily to hand so you can pin whilst you have height and volume from a fresh roll.
  • Slide one bobby pin, wavy side down, at the base of the curl towards the front, then one at the back.  Add more as needed.
  • I used my ghd to add some textured waves to the sections of hair that were left loose.  I wound them in the ghd, twisting away from my face.
  • A little smoothing serum and hairspray applied as needed

Kimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rollsKimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rolls

ghd V Opal review

Kimba Likes ghd V Opal review - a curly girlie goes straight plus easy peasy tips for retro cute victory rolls

The ghd V Opal is a limited edition version of the cult styler, featuring a super pretty opalescent case.  The body is rounder than the original ghd Santa Claus brought me many years ago.  The curved body makes it easier to add curls and waves to your hair.

It heats up incredibly quickly, and sleep mode is automatically activated after 30 minutes of non-use.  I like the on/off switch and protective plate guard that my original ghd didn’t have.

The plates are contoured and so smooth that they glided over my hair as if it was silk.  I was impressed at how easy it was to use, and the swivel cord just added to my love.

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Do you have a ghd? Can you rock a victory roll? Got any hair styling tips you’d like to share?

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  • Em @ The Illusive Femme - 25 February 2016 - 3.24 pm

    Look at you go girl! Vintage queen. That GHD is beautiful, makes my normal black one look boring!ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha - 25 February 2016 - 1.16 pm

    I cannot rock a victory roll to save my life… That’s because it’s too short! 😉 But I do have a GHD… Not like I need now.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Childs - 24 February 2016 - 2.38 pm

    I don’t have a ghd, looks great though. I basically like to inject as much volume into my fine hair as possible, so I use a lot of thickening and body-creating products!

    Di from Max The UnicornReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 26 February 2016 - 9.10 am

      I have fine hair but a metric tonne of it. My products are all about fighting frizz and working with my curls!ReplyCancel

  • Flat bum mum - 24 February 2016 - 12.49 pm

    Victory rolls all the way! that suits you perfectly! I love your curly hair but can imagine the angst of a humid summer. Bron xReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 26 February 2016 - 9.11 am

      Curls are one of the best things for humidity but it takes a LOT of hair oil to keep them from looking like a brillo pad!ReplyCancel

  • Beth | - 24 February 2016 - 10.39 am

    I got a Remington straightener for Christmas which does the job but I wish I had the mad skillz to do curls like other people seem to manage effortlessly! I love these victory rolls. Whenever I google “easy hair styles” and they start with “begin with sectioning the hair . . .” I’m all “WOAH WOAH WOAH, I SAID EASY”ReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 26 February 2016 - 9.12 am

      That’s why I liked this tute. Videos are all very well and good but I always pause at the wrong spot! The how to photos were exactly what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - 24 February 2016 - 9.48 am

    This is the perfect hair do for a vintage loving lady like your good self. It really suits you. Love it. xReplyCancel

  • Mica - 24 February 2016 - 9.26 am

    It looks like such a cute little tool! 🙂 After using my sister’s GHD for a few days I had to give in and ask for my own for Christmas! Id’ always wanted one but could never justify it until I used one for a while. Now my hair is incredibly boring, haha! It’s always straight! It’s just so easy and quick to do with a GHD rather than my old clumsy one which took FOREVER to heat up.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba from Kimba Likes - 26 February 2016 - 9.13 am

      I do love it when you work those lovely waves in, but straight suits you so go with it, I say! The ghd is a life changer, right?ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - 24 February 2016 - 7.21 am

    I use my GHD a lot to smooth and straighten my hair but I’ve never been clever enough to do a victory roll!ReplyCancel

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