I don't know why it had taken me so long to take the plunge and buy a Chi straightner. Considering some of the other things I blow my money on is just dumb. I go through phases of how I wear my hair and I have been curling my hair for awhile now that I was ready for a change. The straightner that I had before was a cheapie that I got from Tj maxx or Marshall's. So when I used the Chi for the first time I was surprised how straight my hair got. Call me crazy but I'm a girl that loves volume.....the bigger the hair the better. I only straightened the ends of my hair and stayed clear of my crown to leave the volume in my hair. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase especially because it is purple chevron. Obsessed.