I've never had so many compliments on my hair. The iron gets really hot so my hair holds the curl. I have very fine hair and the curl is held for days. There is a bit of a learning curve with the use of a wand but after that the whole curling process is much faster than with the clamp type of iron. The glove provided is nessessary. It will prevent burns if you have a glancing blow with the iron on your hand. It won't however protect you from a burn if your hand or fingers contact the iron more than briefly. It's really nice to have the three different sizes of barrels for different looks.