Best of Boston

BEST Hair Colorist

2005 BEST Hair Colorist, Corrective

Jeffrey Jagling, Grettacole

Boston

It’s sad, but true: Highlights take their toll on tired tresses, and dye jobs gone awry take months to grow out. Thankfully, Jagling is a pro at instantly erasing unseemly streaks and reversing regrettable color. Ladies who can’t resist the… read more»

2004 BEST Hair Colorist

Roger Plourde, James Joseph Salon

Boston

Roger Plourde gives humanity what nature didn’t, from born-with-it blond highlights to look-at-me strawberry luster. Sure, he’s up on the latest color trends and can certainly let fly if you want that. But foremost, Plourde works to give you exactly… read more»

2004 BEST Hair Colorist, West

Nick Penna Jr., Salon Capri

Newton

One part science, five parts high art, hair coloring is a sensitive subject to most women. And while a good color job looks as if it happened naturally, few (if any) natural heads of hair are as richly colored and… read more»

2004 BEST Hair Colorist, Corrective

Laurel Elliot, Vidal Sassoon Salon

Boston

Hair color is like a fine wine—richly layered and smooth. But unlike a delicious pinot noir, it doesn’t get better with time (especially when it turns a shade too brassy, gray, or ashy). Laurel Elliot can take color that has… read more»

2003 BEST Hair Colorist, Corrective

Antonio Vitale, Studio for Hair

Boston

Let the Newbury Street bigwigs battle it out for the spotlight. Color virtuoso Antonio Vitale is content to sit back in his humble Kenmore Square studio and fix any of their overzealous fiascoes. Vitale discreetly repairs even the worst mistakes;… read more»

2003 BEST Hair Colorist, West

Leon & Co.

Belmont

Remember when you used to sneer at bottle blondes? Stylist Leon deMagistris and his staff of colorists have changed all that with bold, rich hair colors that look better than the real thing. (His latest venture, known as California highlighting,… read more»

2003 BEST Hair Colorist

Laurel Elliott, Vidal Sassoon Hair Salon

Boston

The words “natural” and “hair color” rarely occur in the same sentence. That is, unless you’re talking about the work of color artist Laurel Elliott, who is herself something of a natural wonder. Clients lucky enough to snag an hour… read more»

2002 BEST Hair Colorist, West

Blue

Lexington

Soothing shades in gray and blue (of course) set the tone at this cool-but-comfortable salon. And color here is indeed the key: Owner Paula Donovan and her diligently trained staff blend cutting-edge systems (Bumble & Bumble is the mainstay) with… read more»

2002 BEST Hair Colorist

Laurel Elliott, Vidal Sassoon

Boston

Laurel Elliott is not the colorist you run to for attitude, style hauteur, or outlandish color statements. The petite and down-to-earth workaholic does strong but natural color that simply makes her clients look like a million bucks. Sure, she’ll do… read more»

2002 BEST Hair Colorist, Corrective

Antonio Vitale, Studio for Hair

Boston

When the avant-garde salons of Newbury Street mistake overzealousness for creativity, only one man can come to the rescue: Antonio Vitale. You won’t find posh ambiance here; Vitale revels in his tiny Kenmore Square studio’s perfunctory décor and pretense-free atmosphere…. read more»