Picked this up at Boots over the weekend because my beloved Curlmaster broke – I forgot to plug it into the converter and poof the fuse was blown =*(

At first I was a little skeptical about this but the sales lady kept talking me into getting it and I am so glad that I did. It only took seconds for it to heat up and it has a total of nine settings ranging from 120C to 200C. The medium sized barrel (25mm) is also perfect for creating curls or waves and the micro crystal feature did make my curls smoother and last longer lasting than ceramic curlers.

Unlike my old Curlmaster, this one has a LCD display which makes it so much easier to read the different settings. Plus this has an auto 60 minutes shut-off function so I no longer have to worry about burning down the apartment because I left the curling iron on. Yay for this!

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If you have straight hair and want to create sexy wavy hair a la Ashlee Simpson, all you need is ten minutes and five simple steps.

Step 1. Apply a heat-protection product onto your hair and make sure it is evenly distribute (I like Paul Mitchell Heat Seal).

Step 2. Wrap an one inch section of your hair around a middle sized barrel curling iron. I just got Vidal Sassoon Micro Crystal Curl 25mm Tong and I LOVE that baby! Not only does it heat up within seconds but it also has nine different settings (now this should go under another entry).

After hearing about my sister and friends rave about getting haircuts at academies, I decided to give it a shot too. I ended up going to the Toni and Guy Academy in Central London.

When I went in for my appointment that morning, the place was already packed with people, mostly females, ranging from early 20s to mid 30s. Upon my arrival, I checked in with the reception and paid £5 (~$10) upfront. No tips required – sweet!

Next, the staff led us upstairs and helped us put on the capes. A tutor then came over, asked us one by one what kind of looks we were looking for and assigned each of us a student to do our cuts.

I ended up getting a guy named Jose to cut my hair. I showed him a picture of Koda Kumi from the August issue of Vivi magazine and asked him to make my ends just like hers – uber thin and straight. Jose seemed pretty confident that he would do a good job so I entrusted my hair in his hands.

First, he did the regular – shampooed and conditioned my hair. Then my nightmare began as the actual cutting began. As I sat in the chair, watching chunks and chunks of my hair falling onto the floor, all I could do was secretly hope that Jose did not cut all of my hair off. But all that secret wishing was futile. Jose ended up cutting a lot of the top layer (the shortest part was only up to the top of my ears!) and I literally wanted to cry when I saw that. I seriously could not imagine how this would look good on anyone but Jose kept reassuring me that he was not taking any of the length at the bottom.

The next morning, I woke up to a disaster. Since my layers were a lot shorter than before, my hair was a mess and I had to spend *so* much time styling it and if I put the lower part of my hair up, I literally looked like I had a bob!!

Yet strangely, as time passed by, my hair started to look better and better. Now that the layers have grown out a little, my hair just looks so much more alive and chic. I do not have to style it every morning anymore and if I have extra time, I would spray my hair with Boots’ Heat Straightening Protection Spray, straighten the ends with my beloved Jibere de Paris straightening iron and add just a tad of John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Leave-on Perfecting Glosser to seal in the ends and flyaways and voila! Uber sleek look!

I have been getting quite a number of messages from people asking me what hair dye I use so here are a couple of reviews:

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthClairol Hydrience Hair Color ($7)
I got this in Ruby Twilight, a dark burgundy. The color barely showed up (you can only see it under the sun) and it made my hair a little dry. So despite how pretty it looked on the box, I don’t think I would buy this again.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthL’oreal Preference Shine Extending Hair Color ($8)
I bought this in Medium Brown hoping to cover up my roots (I have bleached medium brown hair at the time). At first, it made my hair a lot darker, almost like a light black. But after a week, the color somehow faded to a dark brown. Unlike other hair dye, it also made my hair very smooth and soft. I will definitely repurchase this.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthRevlon Frost & Glow Highlighting Kit ($7)
Do not let the cheesy packaging fool you, this is probably the best highlighting kit out there. I used it on my medium brown hair and I actually got caramel blonde highlights that is oh-so-pretty. The kit also comes with a cap and a plastic needle. They were a little difficult to use but once I got the hang of it, it was not that bad. Plus the color turned out beautifully with no brassiness. Highly recommended!

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthRevlon Colorsilk Hair Color ($3)
I have this in Medium Ash Brown. I have used this twice and the color turned out pretty good both times. My hair experienced some dryness but after I did some deep conditioning, it was not a big problem. Plus at $3 a box, you really cannot beat the price.