I was 16 years old and had been fighting straw like hair my whole life. I blew it dry, cried a lot and was different than every other girl around - the fog of my hometown turned me into baby chick fuzz the minute I left my house, BUT WHY? My mother happened to see a girl with cute hair at a mall one day and asked who cut it - she said it was this new haircutter named Shireen - so my mom made me an appt and took me in. I thought I was hopeless so for the first time in my life I didn't blow dry my hair pre-appt. When I sat down in her chair Shireen asked me, "Did you know that you have curly hair?" What? Me? No! I just have a mess of straw. She gently then said, "Can I do your hair curly today?" Sure, I guess... So for the first time in my entire life I found out why I had such problems, why I cried, why I struggled, - WHO KNEW??? (Shireen!) Of course, seeing myself so drastically different was a shock that took time getting used to - but used to it I did. And now, at the age of 39 - I must happily and sadly tell you that NO ONE cuts my hair as good as Shireen (who's own curls are an artform) - try as I might - I read your reviews, I drive hours, I go all over - but no one has ever given me the gorgeous and perfect haircut that Shireen does. So even now, I fly ACROSS COUNTRY when I can, call in and place myself in her capable hands that leave me with a haircut that lasts (no kidding) for at least 6 months. She is incredible. She changed my life taught me how to love my hair - and gave a tall, skinny awkward girl a chance at becoming a flower. Shireen is my hair hero. And LONG before curls were a commodity she gave me the tools to shape, form and transform myself (with few products). Honestly, I don't care if I win as long as you honor her skills. ! She deserves it.