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BEST CURLY-HAIR STYLIST Los Angeles 2009 

Jon Buhek at Onyx Salon

You're not Julia Roberts. Or Farrah Fawcett (may she rest in peace). So if you're still looking like a holdover from Mystic Pizza or an angel sans Charlie, get that mall hair into the hands of Jon Buhek at Onyx Salon. Fie on those $200 jobs at so-called "curly-hair specialty salons," and go with a former Monroe High School student who made the grade on the Sebastian International artistic team. Even though Buhek has styled the likes of Paula Abdul and the Jacksons, he doesn't get off on gouging you with anything but his scissors — albeit gently — for his $70 cut. His gift to the frizz-challenged comes from 25 years of styling experience and a keen ability to assess texture and shape. "Conventional stylists think it's about losing thickness and bulk by razoring or overtexturizing. That'll make a fire hazard," he says. "It's about filtering ends, softening, plus teaching clients styling techniques." So what's does a specialty salon offer that Buhek doesn't? He pauses, then answers, "maybe cappuccino?" 15053 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 501-0299, onyxsalon.com. (Closed Sun. and Mon.)

—Heidi Dvorak

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