In this case you get what you pay for. I have straight hair, so this will make it look more polished, but it doesn't always make all my waves go away. I have had this for years, and it doesn't work as well as it used to. I do like the smooth edges on the side. I can twist it to make beach waves. I also like it to twist to achieve some volume around my face with it straight. Works well enough that I haven't invested in a new one, but I probably will soon.