Best of Boston

BEST Blowout

2017 BEST Blowout, Low-Cost



Choose from one of nine signature blowouts ($45), then hand yourself over to a professional who will wash, dry, and style your locks into bouncy, shiny submission in just 45 minutes. What’s more, you get to do it with a… read more»

2017 BEST Blowout, Luxe

The Green Room


From the moment Jessica Thornton asks her first question—”What do you want your hair to say about you?”—it’s clear she genuinely wants you to love your locks. The stylist leaves hair so perfectly voluminous that some of her regulars can’t… read more»

2016 BEST Blowout



As blowout bars become as ubiquitous as Starbucks franchises, many have resorted to a formulaic styling process: wash, dry, and out the door. At Hairo, however, there’s no shuffling through a blow-dry assembly line: You’ll get a personalized ’do from… read more»

2015 BEST Blowout



Why fight your tresses when a professional can do it while you sip a latte? At Drybar, highly skilled hair wranglers create polished manes regardless of how their clients looked when they walked in. We love that it’s easy to… read more»

2013 BEST Blowout

Bradley & Diegel Salon


We’ve visited those trendy blowout bars, but found that pointing to a menu to order a hairstyle—not to mention being swiftly herded from sink to chair and out the door again—feels wildly impersonal. Which is why we love this posh… read more»

2012 BEST Blowout

Jeffrey Lyle Salon


After one too many blowouts left us looking like a Dallas cast member, we were ready to throw in the (salon) towel. Then came Tim Robishaw at Jeffrey Lyle, who transformed our limp strands into “look at me” locks that… read more»

2011 BEST Blowout

Marisa Marino, Stilisti


Call her the Cesar Millan of hair: With her big round brush and expertly wielded blow dryer, Stilisti owner Marisa Marino has no equal in commanding our unruly manes to sit, stay, or roll. The tresses listen respectfully, then fall… read more»

2009 BEST Blowout

Jason Burke


In Burke’s hands, a round brush is a magic wand. With it, he could do evil (a pageant bouffant, perhaps?), but he inevitably chooses to do good: not too big, not too flat, just soft and smooth. As for staying… read more»

2008 BEST Blowout

Sean Kavanagh, Shag

South Boston

Underneath all those tattoos and piercings is a man deeply committed to hair. Kavanagh combs, coddles, and coerces your strands to suit any occasion, with a down-to-earth bonhomie rarely seen among big-city stylists. Trained at Vidal Sassoon, this locally grown… read more»

2002 BEST Blowout

Jennifer Racioppi, Salon Luiz


There are three secrets to truly great straightening: patience, persistence, and—the deciding factor for many—convenience. What good is a perfect styling when you have to waste precious hours schlepping around town for it? Jennifer Racioppi—seasoned hair goddess who cut her… read more»