Hi there and welcome to nc.com - it is fantastic and like you, I wish it had been around years ago! I always thought I was a straightie with lots of frizz
Some might push for the ionic dryers, but I have a plain jane blow dryer from Sally's Beauty Supply and a bowl diffuser from Walmart and it works fine for me. I'd venture to say most of the gals that use diffusers around here have ones you can get at Walmart or Target (i.e. - inexpensive!).