Best of Boston

BEST Hair Colorist

2003 BEST Hair Colorist, West

Leon & Co.


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


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»

2003 BEST Hair Colorist, Corrective

Antonio Vitale, Studio for Hair


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»

2002 BEST Hair Colorist, West



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


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


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»

2000 BEST Hair Colorist

Ronnie Sullivan, True Colours


No matter how stressed your tresses, Sullivan can fix them at his new color-only salon in the South End. Brassy blondes and lackluster brunettes alike have all been transformed. Sullivan has even been known to foil short hair (most colorists… read more»

1999 BEST Hair Colorist

Ronnie Sullivan

Anyone who’s been over-processed to a disastrous shade of orange can appreciate Sullivan’s careful approach. He’ll be honest if your chosen color won’t suit you or your hair, and he’ll guide you through highlights, lowlights, and permanent color to find… read more»

1998 BEST Hair Colorist

Steven Doherty


The man is the patron saint of peroxide. He brings his artistic vision (he’s also a creator of eccentric decorative “wigs” made from leaves, twigs, and pine cones) to every mousy brunette yearning to be bombshell-blond. His chunky foils are… read more»

1997 BEST Hair Colorist

Joanna Howell-Giraud


While it might seem like a contradiction in terms, colored hair that doesn’t look colored is precisely the effect of a coloring session with Joanna. She does not subscribe to the one-color look but prefers to mix a number of… read more»