Best Hairstylist

Mary Jo Myers-Battiston of Imago

Readers' Pick

2602 W. Main Street

Second Place: Charlene Cooper of Clippi Headren

Third Place: Jillian Edwards of Bombshell

Is it possible that someone can be born a hairstylist? At age 4, Mary Jo Myers-Battiston was caught by her mother giving herself and her sister unauthorized haircuts. There were other penalties in addition to the resulting spanking. "I had short hair for the rest of childhood," she recalls. Since then, Myers-Battiston has trained with Lorraine Massey — author of "Curly Girl: The Handbook" — and other gurus of hair care frustrated by their curly locks. That's the niche Myers-Battiston and her partners were aiming for in 1999 when they opened Imago, where the specialty is helping women with curly hair find "hairstyles that work."

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