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BEST Hair Salon, West

2012 BEST Hair Salon, West



Co-owner Nicholas Penna Jr. and his family, along with their team of stylists, have cultivated a loyal following among suburban celebs for their sharp cuts, proprietary product line, and considerate illumination (no harsh, unnatural fluorescent lighting here). read more»

2009 BEST Hair Salon, West

I.D. Salon


We stumbled into this much-buzzed-about salon as the worst of our possible client selves—no appointment, unwashed hair under a ballcap, jittery with caffeine—and were frankly blown away. They graciously squeezed us in but never rushed things, first consulting, then checking… read more»

2008 BEST Hair Salon, West



Three decades in the biz and not a whiff of mustiness about Salon Capri, where a phalanx of Penna family members (who also run a Hyde Park location) and their team of high-end stylists translate runway looks to suburban locks…. read more»

2007 BEST Hair Salon, West


Newton Centre

If you’re after Newbury Street panache minus the hassle of driving in from the ‘burbs, Fia has the experts on staff and swank products in stock to deliver the goods. Stylist Chuck Bass works both wet and dry cutting techniques… read more»

2006 BEST Hair Salon, West

Kenneth Wildes Salon


These days, salons need more than Kérastase products, a funky soundtrack, and an edgy interior to stand out. Kenneth Wildes sets itself apart with highly trained stylists who spend a full hour on each cut and know how to properly… read more»

2005 BEST Hair Salon, West

Salon Capri

Newton Highlands

Salon Capri offers just the right combination of Newbury Street professionalism and community charm. The clientele—from women of a certain age to ladies who lunch to young moms—is wild about the savvy stylists and just-right highlights. As a bonus, Capri… read more»

2001 BEST Hair Salon, West



Blue proves that the term suburban cool need not be an oxymoron. The space’s beautiful and sleek trimmings hint at the industrial, but still manage to welcome and soothe. That balance is echoed by the employees, all of whom share… read more»