Best of Boston

1998 Best Haircut, Women's Curly

Maria Madrid

First she stares, then she brushes, then she cuts. Maria is an aesthetic genius who spends time studying the planes of your face and the way your hair curves and curls around it before she makes the first cut. The result: haircuts that work regardless of weather condition (ie. no more bad hair days). Spanish-born and very energetic, Maria’s a delightful contrast to the laid-back, classical-music ambience of the salon. Snip snip, chat, chat— her topics of choice range from the problems of urban school systems to the nature of true friendship.

Le Pli Salon & Day Spa, The Charles Hotel, 5 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-547-4081,