Mar 31, 2008 - This review is difficult to write, because the truth will sound hyperbolic. Hope's haircuts are life-changing. I have fine frizzy hair that is curly in some places, wavy in some, straight in some, etc. On its own, it looks terrible. When cut by anyone but Hope, it looks terrible. After Hope, I suddenly have cute springy natural hair that does not require a huge effort at home. She starts by pre-cutting it dry, paying attention to the natural curl patterns and the shape of your face, and then she washes it and goes over the cut wet. She takes her time. She listens. She understands both the possibilities and the limitations of your hair. I'm sure this song and dance sounds familiar, but I have had 20 talented stylists in LA cut my hair dry and then wet, and they just don't get it. They are stuck in some kind of box, and seem to be giving me a haircut that I'm sure worked great on someone else's curls. The Deva method alone does not work on my kind of hair; It leaves it looking scraggly, stringy, thin and uneven. (Maybe my hair's not curly enough? Or thick enough?) I have tried many high-end LA salons, as well as many stylists who came highly recommended on NaturallyCurly.com, and none have been able to give me a cut that fits my hair. Hope understands hair on a different level, and the way she cuts is different from and superior to all the dry-cutting curly-hair specialists I've known. She uses Deva-like techniques when appropriate, but can adjust when they're not -- She never goes on autopilot. You'll probably be able to tell the difference as soon as she starts cutting. Hope also travels the country to hair shows with the Gina Khan Salon, modeling her cutting techniques for other stylists. (Why can't she teach someone in LA???!!!!!!!!!) She works out of both the San Francisco and Walnut Creek salons. I have known several people, with curly AND straight hair, who have driven for hours and even flown to San Francisco to get their hair cut by Hope. When it comes to hair, she is an artist, a scientist, and a savior. She is incredibly talented, and I hesitate to write this review, because I fear that once the word is out online, I will never be able to get an appointment when I'm in town. This post is my sacrifice for the greater (curly) good.