Best of Boston

2008 Best Hairstylist, Women's $$

Timmy Quirk, I Soci Salon

The Newbury veteran combines a metalhead exterior with an endearing madcap streak. He’ll regale you with tales from a recent ski weekend; he’ll require a few ‘namaste’s to calm himself after hearing about your brutal heat-styling addiction; he’ll expound on the importance of ‘hair condoms’ (a.k.a. leave-in conditioners). And in between, he’ll casually give you a precision cut that ‘frees your hair to do what it’s been dying to do.’

8 Newbury St., Boston, 617-867-9484,