Insulating the cake pan helps the cake bake evenly and flat. Use strips of an old towel (and no, they do not burn). Just drench in water, wrap them around the pans, and bake. Gets rid of the bump that you can get when your cakes bake.
Finally figured out the secret to those perfect curls! Curling Hair Tutorial with a curling iron by Seattle Wedding Photographer Tonie Christine. ~ curl *away* from your face, both sides, to avoid it all twisting into one big Frankencurl in back.