I loved my wood Phillips 5" Monster Brush (maroon version) but part of it broke when I dropped it so I replaced it with this one and I love this brush! The handle is much improved with a rubber grip that makes it much easier to handle. The natural bristles on this brush also grip the hair so I can get the straightening/smoothing I need. However this 5" round tourmaline brush is definitely larger than the previous 5" wood version. It's HUGE. My hair is wavy, somewhat curly and has gotten very frizzy. It's just a bit longer than shoulder length with some layers. This brush, along with some product definitely solves the frizz/curly issue - my hair is straight and smooth after using it (along with some product for straight hair and some hair oil). I mostly dry my hair with a paddle brush upside down, then section and use this brush for the finishing. Sectioning is the trick with this brush, rotating and blowing hot as the hair goes around the bristles until it's smooth. My length hair only gets a small amount of bend with this huge brush (think Jessica Alba bob) but I'm thinking of also getting the 4.5" version for some added bend on the ends of my long side bangs and the layers they blend into. I don't need to use a flat iron and if I want to, it's only a quick pass through to get that flat iron super straight glossy look.