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There is a special bond between a woman and her stylist, somewhere between family and spiritual guide. So don’t trust your locks to just anyone. Here’s the word on the street about the stylists who are bringing their all to curly, blond and other special hair types.

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Best for Curly or Natural Hair

Lucky you: You’ve got access to the Capella Salon, where stylists specialize in the proprietary Deva Cut (from $125), in which your locks are snipped dry to better see the shape of their natural curl. Post-cut, you’re sent home with “low-poo,” a non-stripping shampoo that won’t weaken your hair or cause frizz. Don’t want a three-digit bill after your cut? Try the Curt Darling Salon in DTLA, where stylists are trained in their own trademarked “Darling Drycut."

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Best for Candy Color

Pink is the new blond. West Hollywood’s Nine Zero One salon specializes in great color (a single process starts at $100) and will even advise you on exactly the right mermaid shade for your skin tone. We also love Sirens, a super-funky, lower-cost alternative that doesn’t shy away from bold colors, including more than one shade on your head at a time.

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Best for Short Hair

Maybe it’s his native French understanding of chic, but owner/creative director David P. Pappalardo and his band of merry cutters and colorists at Mod’s Hair really know how to cut short hair to look cool—with a price point that won’t break the bank.

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Best for Blondes

In a town full of overprocessing, Kim Vo is a sea of beautiful, natural-looking blond (or blondette, which is between blond and brunette and tres trendy). The eponymous salon owner and his crew are in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, and prices are appropriately swanky. For highlights for less, hit the funky Echo Park Folklore salon, where partial highlights begin at $120.

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Best for Special Occasions

You want to make an impression at that big fund-raiser. Or be the bride with an amazing updo (from $150). It’s all dependably perfect with Harper on Melrose, where you can bring in your dress/ideas/anxiety months ahead of time to experiment. Want less fuss and less cost? Head to Echo Park for a $40 French braid at the loftlike Refuge Salon.

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