Best Hair Colorist in Boston

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Red

Grace McGinley, Marc Harris

Boston

Grace McGinley’s talents are rare indeed—so rare that those blessed with scarlet locks seek out her prowess with the fussiest of hues. McGinley splits her time between the two Boston…Read More

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Rachel Graham, the Loft Salon

Boston

Trained by color superstar Michael Albor, Rachel Graham has earned her stripes through intensive off-site workshops and time spent crafting the proper hues for Boston’s graying glitterati. She understands the…Read More

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Kelly Gardner, Moxie Salon

Belmont

Kelly Gardner has an eye for contrast, tone, and depth, with a particular fluency in the art of foiling—super up-close and personal with the root, mind you. Trend-seekers, fret not:…Read More

2014 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, The Loft Salon

Boston

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,…Read More

2014 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Megan Graham, Megan Graham Beauty

Boston

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…Read More

2014 Best Hair Colorist, Red

Grace Burke McGinley, Marc Harris Salon

Boston

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…Read More

2013 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, The Loft

Boston

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…Read More

2013 Best Hair Colorist, Blonde

Nina Ganci, Trephin

Boston

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…Read More

2012 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

The Loft Salon and Day Spa

Boston

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…Read More

2012 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Megan Graham Beauty

Boston

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…Read More

2011 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Patrice Vinci, Patrice Vinci Salon

Boston

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…Read More

2011 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Gary Croteau, Salon Mario Russo at Fan Pier

Boston

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…Read More

2010 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Billy Daskowski, Will Charles Salon

Boston

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…Read More

2010 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Patrice Vinci Salon

Boston

Donna Hamilton and Patrice Vinci work with different products and go for different looks, but both are so skilled with the magic wand of blond, each deserves this title. Vinci,…Read More

2009 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Erica Colameta, Michael Labrecque Salon

Boston

Favoring a multi-step approach e.g., a semipermanent rinse followed by Baliage, the French process that involves painting one teeny-tiny section of hair at a time Colameta excels at taking brown-haired…Read More

2009 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Jeffrey Lyle, Emerge

Boston

Not only are some of the city’s most high-powered blondes among his clientele, but even Newbury’s notoriously catty cutters (who’d sooner drink bleach than compliment a peer) cant resist gushing…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Red

Tasha Forgash, Shag

South Boston

Forgash’s rich hues are funky enough for a Friday night at the Paradise, yet sufficiently polished to pass muster with the boss on Monday morning. What’s best: It lasts…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Red

Tasha Forgash, Shag

South Boston

Forgash’s rich hues are funky enough for a Friday night at the Paradise, yet sufficiently polished to pass muster with the boss on Monday morning. What’s best: It lasts…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Gray

Helena Cohen, Ardan

Wellesley

Drawing on years of experience—including dealing with some gray of her own—Cohen restores the shade you were meant to still have or, if preferred, helps you embrace the silver fox…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Gray

Helena Cohen, Ardan

Wellesley

Drawing on years of experience—including dealing with some gray of her own—Cohen restores the shade you were meant to still have or, if preferred, helps you embrace the silver fox…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, the Loft

Boston

In the words of one $350-a-cut stylist (who thought the handiwork was his own), our Albor-made chestnut brown ‘has never been better…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Jeffrey Lyle, Emerge

Boston

A savior for those dying to have born-with-it blond locks, Lyle mixes up a shade so natural and places it so artfully that your roots will be ashamed to show…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Brunette

Michael Albor, the Loft

Boston

In the words of one $350-a-cut stylist (who thought the handiwork was his own), our Albor-made chestnut brown “has never been better…Read More

2008 Best Hair Colorist, Blond

Jeffrey Lyle, Emerge

Boston

A savior for those dying to have born-with-it blond locks, Lyle mixes up a shade so natural and places it so artfully that your roots will be ashamed to show…Read More

2007 Best Hair Colorist

Jeffrey Lyle

Boston

Once we were commitment-shy (dare we say promiscuous?) when it came to hair colorists—one specialist after another, never settling down. Then we met Lyle, and it was love at first…Read More

2007 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Ann Sousa

Boston

After hours in the chair and a few hundred bucks, your color had better be perfect. Sadly, that’s not always how the story ends. And when a dye goes awry,…Read More

2006 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Christine Moore, Umi Salon

Boston

Ladies, cancel your lunch appointments: Color correction is no 10-minute miracle. Plan to spend at least a few hours in Christine Moore’s chair while she analyzes the look you were…Read More

2006 Best Hair Colorist

G Spa

Boston

Ever wonder how Brahmin blondes maintain their flaxen hair? It isn’t nature they have to thank: They frequent G Spa, where veteran stylist Jeffrey Lyle works his magic. Tucked into…Read More

2006 Best Hair Colorist

G Spa

Boston

Ever wonder how Brahmin blondes maintain their flaxen hair? It isn’t nature they have to thank: They frequent G Spa, where veteran stylist Jeffrey Lyle works his magic. Tucked into…Read More

2005 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Jeffrey Jagling, Grettacole

Boston

It’s sad, but true: Highlights take their toll on tired tresses, and dye jobs gone awry take months to grow out. Thankfully, Jagling is a pro at instantly erasing unseemly…Read More

2005 Best Hair Colorist

Michael Albor, M

Boston

Getting an appointment with Albor may take months, but it’s well worth the wait. Devoted clients rave about his charismatic chair-side manner and uncanny ability to turn the mousiest of…Read More

2004 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Laurel Elliot, Vidal Sassoon Salon

Boston

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,…Read More

2004 Best Hair Colorist, West

Nick Penna Jr., Salon Capri

Newton

One part science, five parts high art, hair coloring is a sensitive subject to most women. And while a good color job looks as if it happened naturally, few (if…Read More

2004 Best Hair Colorist

Roger Plourde, James Joseph Salon

Boston

Roger Plourde gives humanity what nature didn’t, from born-with-it blond highlights to look-at-me strawberry luster. Sure, he’s up on the latest color trends and can certainly let fly if you…Read More

2003 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Antonio Vitale, Studio for Hair

Boston

Let the Newbury Street bigwigs battle it out for the spotlight. Color virtuoso Antonio Vitale is content to sit back in his humble Kenmore Square studio and fix any of…Read More

2003 Best Hair Colorist, West

Leon & Co.

Belmont

Remember when you used to sneer at bottle blondes? Stylist Leon deMagistris and his staff of colorists have changed all that with bold, rich hair colors that look better than…Read More

2003 Best Hair Colorist

Laurel Elliott, Vidal Sassoon Hair Salon

Boston

The words “natural” and “hair color” rarely occur in the same sentence. That is, unless you’re talking about the work of color artist Laurel Elliott, who is herself something of…Read More

2002 Best Hair Colorist

Laurel Elliott, Vidal Sassoon

Boston

Laurel Elliott is not the colorist you run to for attitude, style hauteur, or outlandish color statements. The petite and down-to-earth workaholic does strong but natural color that simply makes…Read More

2002 Best Hair Colorist, Corrective

Antonio Vitale, Studio for Hair

Boston

When the avant-garde salons of Newbury Street mistake overzealousness for creativity, only one man can come to the rescue: Antonio Vitale. You won’t find posh ambiance here; Vitale revels in…Read More

2002 Best Hair Colorist, West

Blue

Lexington

Soothing shades in gray and blue (of course) set the tone at this cool-but-comfortable salon. And color here is indeed the key: Owner Paula Donovan and her diligently trained staff…Read More

2000 Best Hair Colorist

Ronnie Sullivan, True Colours

Boston

No matter how stressed your tresses, Sullivan can fix them at his new color-only salon in the South End. Brassy blondes and lackluster brunettes alike have all been transformed. Sullivan…Read More

1999 Best Hair Colorist

Ronnie Sullivan

Anyone who’s been over-processed to a disastrous shade of orange can appreciate Sullivan’s careful approach. He’ll be honest if your chosen color won’t suit you or your hair, and he’ll…Read More

1998 Best Hair Colorist

Steven Doherty

Boston

The man is the patron saint of peroxide. He brings his artistic vision (he’s also a creator of eccentric decorative “wigs” made from leaves, twigs, and pine cones) to every…Read More

1997 Best Hair Colorist

Joanna Howell-Giraud

Boston

While it might seem like a contradiction in terms, colored hair that doesn’t look colored is precisely the effect of a coloring session with Joanna. She does not subscribe to…Read More

1996 Best Hair Colorist

Roberto Echevarra

Boston

Usually heavily booked, Roberto excels at intricate, hip, time-consuming dye-jobs a la W magazine…Read More

1995 Best Hair Colorist

Ann at Ecocentrix

Boston

Ann is an artist when it comes to color, creating natural multitoned shades that Mother Nature might have devised, had she not been otherwise occupied…Read More

1995 Best Hair Colorist, Suburban

Margie at Changes

Chestnut Hill

If the thought of parking on Newbury Street gives you hives, wheel into the lot beside Changes and ask for Margie to turn your bad hair day into something that…Read More

1994 Best Hair Colorist

Geneses Salon

Boston

What better way to cure a case of the drabs than to change your hair color? Whether you want a few streaks or a drastic color change, Geneses colorist Lisa…Read More

1992 Best Hair Colorist, Men's

Tint Elations

Brookline

Annie Frisoli’s small, out-of-the-way shop is perfect for men who want to hide their face as well as their roots…Read More

1990 Best Hair Colorist

Geneses

Boston

They’ll highlight your life. Then they’ll enliven your highlighted hair—without damaging it…Read More

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