Best of Boston

BEST Hair Colorist

2014 BEST Hair Colorist, Blond

Megan Graham, Megan Graham Beauty


How many ways can you say blond? By our count, Graham’s lexicon has a few extra pages, given her way with color. For years, Graham has garnered accolades for the way she paints her high and low tones on tresses…. read more»

2014 BEST Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, The Loft Salon


Warm, natural, and beautifully blended—that’s the work of Michael Albor, a true color artist. Every time we emerge from his salon, we receive a slew of compliments from unlikely sources, though admirers often struggle to pin down exactly what’s different…. read more»

2014 BEST Hair Colorist, Red
Photograph by Toan Trinh

Grace Burke McGinley, Marc Harris Salon


Red is the most volatile of colors—it varies widely from head to head, and fades faster than a Snapchat message. Those who can harness its depth and beauty should be considered colorist samurais. McGinley wields ambers, scarlets, and crimsons with… read more»

2013 BEST Hair Colorist, Blonde

Nina Ganci, Trephin


Nina Ganci will not judge you for being a lazy blonde, even if your year-old highlights are brassy and now fall somewhere in line with your eyebrows. Instead, she’ll craft a color that matches your complexion, mixing high- and lowlights… read more»

2013 BEST Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, The Loft


When you’re clearly a brunette—by coloring, heritage, and attitude—why do so many Boston stylists pressure you to go blond? The one man who gets brown in this town is Michael Albor. Wielding all the luscious shades (burnt umber, auburn, bronze),… read more»

2012 BEST Hair Colorist, Blond

Megan Graham Beauty


We’re so over marathon trips to techno-salon palaces where we’re given just enough attention to warrant an overpriced coloring. Which is why we now place our flaxen tresses squarely in Megan Graham’s hands. She sees the nuances in blondes (we’re… read more»

2012 BEST Hair Colorist, Brunette

The Loft Salon and Day Spa


Michael Albor approached our box-dyed, peppered-with-gray mop with a single question: What was your hair’s hue in grade school? Three hours later, this miracle worker had restored our locks to their former luster, accented with honey-brown highlights and champagne notes… read more»

2011 BEST Hair Colorist, Blond

Gary Croteau, Salon Mario Russo at Fan Pier


If you’re looking to keep your root touchups on the QT, Mario Russo’s new outpost inside Louis on quiet Fan Pier offers an alternative to gossipy Newbury Street salons. A better reason to go, however, is Gary Croteau: His sure… read more»

2011 BEST Hair Colorist, Brunette

Patrice Vinci, Patrice Vinci Salon


Even before those grays started infiltrating our chestnut locks, we discovered Vinci’s gift for color enhancement. Following our mirror-side chat, she conjured up the ideal shad—and voila, instant gorgeousness. Vinci’s knowledge of color, style, and products is unmatched: Give her… read more»

2010 BEST Hair Colorist, Brunette

Billy Daskowski, Will Charles Salon


When sitting in a colorist’s seat, we often feel like a disembodied head of hair. The colorist distractedly feels up our tresses, divines what’s needed, then vanishes to conjure up a mystery hue. That’s never the case at Will Charles,… read more»