People with curly hair want to find a way to make their hair straight and I am no exception to that fact. However, constantly straightening curly hair and really any hair can cause lasting damage. One example is what I like to call the "pile of hay". You no longer have curly hair and you no longer can straighten what you do have. Basically, your hair is stuck in a dry and frizzy nightmare from hair purgatory. The Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron (1 1/2") comes close to solving this problem. First, the Sedu iron speeds up the process of ironing unruly hair which is always a main factor. Most of us do not have an hour to spend straightening our hair. Second, the Sedu iron offers a wide temperature range (240 oF~410oF). This allows you to control how much heat you really are using based on what hair type you have. Third, the Sedu iron leaves your hair sleek and smooth using the technology of tourmaline and true ceramic plates which generate more than six times the amount of negative ions(Folica). I found these plates to feel very smooth and literally glide over my thick, coarse hair. Fourth, the Sedu iron is small and portable, yet very powerful. It can easily be taken on trips. With all the great things about the Sedu iron, there are also a few downfalls mainly dealing with durability. The iron itself is not the most durable of its kind and if dropped from a height of about 6 feet, the plates will definitely move, but no permanent damage will be caused. I have dropped mine about three times from that approximate height and the plates moved about 1/100 of an inch but were easily moved back. Quite possibly the greatest drawback of the Sedu iron is that the outer covering of the plates themselves gets fairly hot. If you accidentally place your hands on the outside area of the plates, you run the risk of being burned. The Sedu iron could also be considered a bit pricey for most at $120 on Folica's website but is definitely worth it. Overall, this Sedu iron is by far the best straightener I've owned minus the few miniscule setbacks and I definitely do not regret the purchase.