This was my first attempt at using my Beachwaver. I have the 3/4 inch and the 1 inch barrel Beachwavers. This was with the 3/4 inch barrel. The whole process took almost 2 hours, but the curls lasted several days. I went slower because it was a new tool for me. Now I can do my hair in less than half the time and it looks much better than my first attempt. I really like my Beachwavers a lot. I do not have the Beachwaver Pro. I couldn't justify paying $70 more (regular prices) for basically the same thing. My sister has the Pro and I've used it several times. You get the same results.