Best of Boston

2004 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Laurel Elliot, Vidal Sassoon Salon

Hair color is like a fine wine—richly layered and smooth. But unlike a delicious pinot noir, it doesn’t get better with time (especially when it turns a shade too brassy, gray, or ashy). Laurel Elliot can take color that has soured and restore it to a resplendent radiance in under a couple of hours. Be warned that reserving a spot with her isn’t easy. You may have to wait in line, but you’ll do it with eager anticipation.

14 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-5496,