Works great at giving me loose waves a la Giselle. Beginning halfway up the hair shaft (in sections of 2 to 2.5 inches), I manually wrap the bottom part of the hair around the barrel first, then rolll the whole shebang up to my scalp. Don't use the clamp or you'll get ringlets rather than waves. I hold it there for about thirty seconds, then release to get lovely, loose, supermodel waves that last all night with a spritz of hairspray (I have long, straight, virgin hair that is usually rather slippery and doesn't hold styles well). My hair doesn't feel like it's getting damaged with this either due to the ceramic barrel, even though I use a super-hot setting. Of course, I don't use this everyday, but only for special nights out. It was inexpensive and doesn't frizz up my hair. I'd repurchase.