Best of Boston

BEST Hair Salon

2008 BEST Hair Salon

Mario Russo


It’s smaller, quieter, and more discreet than the flagship at 9 Newbury. All of which works to the benefit of the other Mario Russo salon, tucked away on Louis Boston’s third floor. Like Russo himself, who spends Wednesdays here, the… read more»

2007 BEST Hair Salon, General Excellence

Umi Salon


Ladies who lunch enjoy infinite luxuries, like separate salons for separate beauty treatments. The rest of us need a full-service place that cuts, dyes, and dries, without a chop-’em-and-charge-’em mentality. At Umi, master stylist Jeffrey Dauksevich and his corps of… read more»

2005 BEST Hair Salon, Color, South

Maxime Salon


Nothing disappoints like a colorist who listens to your needs, then executes an entirely different shade. Swear off such nasty surprises by enlisting Ronit Enos to help your hair. Her expert team does an exhaustive preprocess consultation with every client… read more»

2005 BEST Hair Salon, Cut, South

AZ Studio


Talented colorists and stylists, and a well-supplied beauty boutique (with products from Shu Uemura, Kérastase, Sue Devitt, and Red Flower, among others), guarantee that you will leave the new AZ Studio in the AZure Spa without a hair out of… read more»

2004 BEST Hair Salon



Rarely is a salon so valued its devotees whisper its name like a password. That’s the case with Umi, and no wonder. Owner Jeffrey Dauksevich approaches the craft of the coiffure with a time-tested reverence for flawless precision and daring… read more»

2003 BEST Hair Salon

Salon Mario Russo


Even if this nationally lauded salon relied only on the coifing talents of Russo himself, it could top our list. But with the same perfectionist style and daring he brings to a haircut, Russo has assembled a powerhouse of crackerjack… read more»

2002 BEST Hair Salon

Salon Mario Russo


As if Mario Russo—coif maestro to everyone who’s anyone—isn’t enough to make this suave salon Newbury Street’s finest, the dream team of stylists with which Russo surrounds himself cements it. With the likes of John Brosnan, who dreams up and… read more»

2001 BEST Hair Salon

Vidal Sassoon


Still think Vidal Sassoon is about those cheesy ’80s commercials? Not anymore. This international house has spearheaded trend after trend, and the Boston branch is particularly blessed with a dream team of hair artistes in colorist par excellence Laurel Elliot… read more»

2000 BEST Hair Salon

James Joseph Salon


Gushing is not usually our style, but in the case of William George’s smart Newbury Street salon, we can’t help but go on. Men and women alike will feel comfortable here, because each stylist establishes trust before attempting any ‘do…. read more»

1999 BEST Hair Salon, Special Occasion

Cal Dellaria

Why not get the same treatment as the models she styles for photo shoots? Cal can transform you for the big event, whether it’s a graceful style for flowing hair or an elegant short cut. She can make thin hair… read more»