I've been wanting to get a curling iron for some time now... my issue is I don't know how much I will love curls on my hair but I do want something a little different. I really don't want to spend a ton of money or anything, though. I don't see myself getting a "Conair" for example, but something like maybe Wigo because they're a little nicer but I know they're not "the best." What is the difference, though? Do you think I should spend a good amount on one? I usually gravitate towards the more expensive because I can't help but feel like they will work better as they tend to. But what would a really expensive curling iron do for me, anyway? Would it really be -significantly- less damaging? I hope it doesn't sound like a pointless question. I just don't want to spend a lot of money on something I'm not sure I'll like, but I absolutely HATE "upgrading," meaning getting something cheap only to buy the nicer more expensive version later if I'll be getting it anyway. So I'm trying to find a middle-ground to both try it out and own it for a good amount of time, but I don't want to kill my hair. Or have it not work very well like the certain kind of heat that retains the curls-- is that even true? Can heat really be that advanced as these products try to say? Thanks for any input! ALSO... 1", or 1 1/2" curling iron for hair that is long-- far down the back? I'm looking into the 1 1/2 size. I don't want springing curls, but more very wavy. I could be totally wrong about that and it might be too big so I'm curious about that, too. What I would -LOVE- to do is borrow one from somebody but none of my girlfriends curl their hair. They just leave it or straighten it like me and my mom only has a 1/2" which is way too small. I feel funny asking this because it's SO particular, but I'm really trying to make a good choice here.