Best of Boston

BEST Blowout

2017 BEST Blowout, Low-Cost

Drybar

Boston

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

Boston

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

Hairo

Boston

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

Drybar

Boston

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

Boston

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»

2011 BEST Blowout

Marisa Marino, Stilisti

Boston

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»

2010 BEST Blowout

Bradley & Diegel

Boston

How would you like your blowout today: sleek and long or Barbarella-style bouncy? Of all the stylists we visited, this was the only one to ask our preference. But that’s not all. The B&D staffers really tease out the pampering… read more»

2009 BEST Blowout

Jason Burke

Boston

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

Boston

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»