Hhhmmmm, i love your user name and your first post/thread topic!!!
I do use a ceramic flat iron. I have a high-end one and a ghetto flat iron. My high-end ceramic definitely leaves my hair less damaged. The ghetto (Conair? Revlon?) flat iron damaged my hair like crazy. The salon one I bought is incredible. I love it!! Can't remember the brand....I paid about $120 for it on sale at Ulta in September. Worth every penny.