Hi ladies, I'm pretty lucky that I have fairly straight hair, but I do occassionally straighten it anyway. I just have a $20 Conair straightener I bought at Walgreens, which works just fine for me. My $10 hair dryer works fine for me, too (although it is a little annoying to use since it takes about 20 minutes to dry my hair). In college, all my sorority sisters had $200, $300 hair irons and blow dryers... are these really that much better? And are they really worth the cost? Thanks!