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BEST Haircut

2016 BEST Haircut, Men's
Photograph by Jason Grow, hair by Sandy Poirier, Model: Louis/Maggie Inc.



When it comes to haircuts, men tend to be creatures of routine. Nobody knows this better than Shag’s stylists. As such, they’ve mastered the art of negotiation and will subtly downplay the standard “#3 on the sides, fade in the… read more»

2015 BEST Haircut, Men's

Pini Swissa


Pini Swissa identified our hair dilemma immediately—lose the bulk around the crown that grows in bushy after a week, he advised. This is the man who styles Tom Brady, after all, so he should know. A close fade on the… read more»

2015 BEST Haircut, Women's
Photograph by Pat Piasecki

Kara Hurston, Shag

South Boston

Some cuts are simply about lopping off split ends, and some happen because you spotted a stranger with such incredible hair, you just had to track down her stylist. It’s the latter that led us to Shag’s Kara Hurston for… read more»

2014 BEST Haircut, Men's

The Green Room


Tucked away on a quiet Beacon Hill side street, the Green Room is the perfect spot for anyone yearning for a sharp cut, but desperate to avoid the Newbury Street traffic. With just a single chair, Jessica Dill offers her… read more»

2014 BEST Haircut, Women's

Michelle Lee, Salon Eva Michelle


When we showed Michelle Lee our hair inspiration—a shot of actress Kate Mara’s chic and shaggy shoulder-length bob—she nodded knowingly and got to work. As she snipped, she explained that razor-cutting the ends would create a perfectly imperfect base for… read more»

2011 BEST Haircut, Women's

Brian Rand, Trephin


There are stylists whose names are plastered on salon windows. There are stylists who charge $400 a cut. And then there’s the quietly brilliant Rand, who takes a good, long look at your face, runs his fingers through your tresses,… read more»

2011 BEST Haircut, Men's

Chuck Bass Jean Pierre Salon


A scissoring from Bass doesn’t come cheap (expect to drop a C-note on a session), but you’ll finally get what you need in a haircut, as opposed to those one-size-fits-all quickies available elsewhere. Bass first scrupulously studies your hair, then… read more»

2009 BEST Haircut, Affordable

Kashmir – Viselli Santoro Salon


Delivering a stylish scissoring and blow-dry in under an hour, one-name-wonder Kashmir is adept at making chair-side chitchat, which puts her clients quickly at ease. At less than 60 bucks a session, their wallets feel much the same way. read more»

2006 BEST Haircut, $200 and Under

Salon Marc Harris


Have a spare $125 and need a new do? Marc Harris’s adroitly angled razor cuts are the sharpest in town. An updated, more sophisticated look—one that actually accentuates your face’s particular shap—is always money well spent. read more»

2006 BEST Haircut, $100 and Under


South Boston

Don’t be scared off by his talk of ‘rock star’ style. Shag owner Sandy Poirier may specialize in edgy layers, but his $70 cut can be whatever you want it to be: classic, over-the-top, or funked-out chic. read more»