Best of Boston

2008 Best Blowout

Sean Kavanagh, Shag

Underneath all those tattoos and piercings is a man deeply committed to hair. Kavanagh combs, coddles, and coerces your strands to suit any occasion, with a down-to-earth bonhomie rarely seen among big-city stylists. Trained at Vidal Sassoon, this locally grown talent is now a disciple of Sandy Poirier’s Shag principles, which include rocking out while preening the clientele and getting ‘Princess’ tattooed on your knuckles. (Alas, his mother nixed that last part.)

840 Summer St., South Boston, 617-268-2500,