I love curling wands. I don't think I've used a regular curling iron in quite a few months. There are some irons where it's like second nature to me, but there are some where I still need to use a heat proof glove. I went to Sally's the other day to buy one and it was around $5. I tried using just a regular dollar store glove and it worked just fine! I wouldn't recommend literally holding the wand with this on, but if you are just holding the ends of your hair to the wand for 15-30 seconds, than you're set!