I absolutely love this mini flatiron. I've always had thick, long hair and have never needed to straighten it. But when I recently cut it short, I needed something to help tame and style the ends. This flatiron has been absolutely perfect. Mini does mean mini - it's about the size of my hand. It is perfect for touch ups on the go (it does actually fit in a purse) and short hairstyles. I am very pleased with this product. It heats up fast, is easy to use, and works very well. I've been able to straighten my hair, swoop the ends in, and even use this as a curling iron by wrapping my hair around it. Because if it's compact size, it's much easier to maneuver with short hair, and it's easy to pack for even overnight or weekend trips.