My DD was going to her second prom last night and begged me for a new straightening iron that was "good". She did not like the way her hair looked for the last one and blamed it on the iron (never mind that I volunteered to pay for her to have my stylist straighten it for this special occasion). I aquiesed as a present for her 18th birthday in two weeks and took her to the hair salon. We spent $160 on a salon quality iron. Now, like everyone on the budget board I try and watch what we spend and scrimp where we can. We both have been using $20 irons for years and I was skeptical that the more expensive irons were that much better. Well, I was wrong. We used the iron on both of our hair and it definitely made the hair smoother, it handled easier, and our hair looked better, It also seems much better made as we were replacing our old irons once a year or so. In this case we got what we paid for and it was worth it. Now I need to start saving my pennies so I can buy one for me when she leaves for college in the fall.