I went to Liza for years and years and she was awesome. I believe she's the only one at Vain that did the original 5-day training Lorraine used to do and she has definitely been doing it longer than anyone else. I stopped going to her a couple years ago because she was so hard to get an appointment with. Then, if I needed to reschedule, I'd have to wait another 2-3 months.
I started seeing Amanda at the U-Village Gene Juarez when I couldn't get in to see Liza for 3 months. Amanda's great and her cuts are only $50. She's a curly herself so she understands curls. She doesn't do dry cuts, if that's important to you, but she is otherwise awesome. My hair is super thick and very coarse, 3b/c.