Vancouver---David Ho, a hairstylist who began his career as a Vancouver city planner, works at Crimpers, a beauty salon on West Georgia Street downtown. But he lives in Yaletown.

And so does his dog.

Ho is in high demand.

With his flair for taking the kinks out of kinky and taming voluminous hair, transforming looks leftover from the eighties and nineties into 2006-style chic, Ho maintains a busy schedule.

But what about pooch?

"There just isn't enough doggie daycare in Yaletown," Ho comments.

Google "Best Curly Hair cutter in Vancouver" and you'll find the Georgia Straight's "Best of Vancouver. Under "best curl chopper," Ho's name pops up.

"David Ho at Crimpers Hair Salon & Spa (556 Georgia Street 604-683-5855) is the stuff good curly hair is made of. He's the only way to go for those blessed with natural curls.

"Ho, who originally trained in London, has done hair for runways and magazine shoots, and in his 18 years of experience, has discovered the secret tricks to cutting curls that most people don't ever pick up," The Straight article claims.

Dozens of new clients have come to Ho due to Googling for a curly haircutter and found the straight-haired, intense Ho standing at his workstation surrounded by mirrors and swivel chairs.

"They don't even teach how to cut curly hair in school," Ho says. "Always learn the hard stuff first," Ho instructs a 21-year-old assistant who is training to be a hairstylist.

But back to the dogs.

"There's a big gap in Yaletown for dogs," says Ho, who was born in Hong Kong, and raised primarily in Vancouver. He folds aluminum foil, as he colours the hair of one of the many "strong, professional women" Ho loves to attend to.

"I like women who are out there doing something," Ho says.

"But, the dog thing... it's a great gap and it's waiting for someone wonderful to fill it. I'm just not curling doggie hair."

Tough luck, dogs.

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