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Master stylists Wendy and Sue combine more than four decades of experience and multiple certifications to beautify clients. And though they’ve studied extensively in the chemistry of hair—both have trained with Paul Mitchell and Joico—it’s the chemistry they share with their clients they care about most. They aim to transcend the “assembly-line” feel of chain salons, instead focusing on intimate, one-on-one service. Before any cut, color, or texturizing treatment, they make thorough consultations with the client. The stylists use professional products by Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Joico, which are known for nutrient-rich ingredients and lack of Silly Putty.

572 Massachusetts Ave
Acton,
MA
US

The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.

9 Cornerstone Square
Westford,
MA
US

Unique Hair Salons’ staff of senior and master stylists specializes in All-Nutrient certified organic hair coloring, whose gentle vegetable oil and keratin protein base allows for longer-lasting colors and brighter shine. Before they add color, though, they can sculpt a fashionable hairdo, or straighten out unruly strands with keratin straighteners.

434 Littleton Rd
Westford,
MA
US

With an impressive resume that includes nearly 20 years as a cut and color specialist and certifications in ombre color, razor cutting, and keratin treatments, Cristina Kohlman proudly and confidently helms Kristen Salon. Of course, like all good salon owners, Cristina has an equally impressive team of stylists and aestheticians by her side. Together, they revamp clients from follicle to pore with a line-up of hair and skin services.

In the salon, stylists lop off split ends, enhance short ‘dos with So Cap Hair Extensions, and condition and color hair with products by Eufora and Kevin Murphy. Aestheticians invite clients into private treatment rooms—and not just for Dermalogica facials, but also for waxing treatments and makeup applications. Kristen Salon provides special services to bridal parties and reception waiters who, for once, would appreciate a little recognition.

21 Vinal Sq
North Chelmsford,
MA
US

One glance at their arsenal of products and it becomes pretty clear where Salon Pure gets its name. Stylists at this Chelmsford beauty spot primarily use all-natural serums—a sign they're committed to not only making hair beautiful, but also keeping it healthy. One of their prized products, YoColoring utilizes the lactose found in yogurt to strengthen, nourish, and protect hair all while safely adding a touch of color without using even a hint of ammonia or werewolf blood. The salon's go-to keratin treatment, Simply Smooth, follows the pure course as well, purging all harsh chemicals to create a botanical-based formula designed to block frizz and smoothen hair for at least 30 days.

Just as they care about the health of hair, Salon Pure’s crew also cares about the health of the community. So, they often donate their talents and resources to local organizations, including “Mom Prom,” which benefits breast-cancer research at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

289 Chelmsford St
Chelmsford,
MA
US

The Simple Man Saloon's simple confines host hearty pub grub alongside live Southern rock and blues music. Its menu is studded with savory offerings such as 100% Angus-beef burgers made fresh to order, plated with fries and a pickle on black-and-white checked paper that signals the meal's finish line. Beers are available to toast the live bands and wash down sweet-potato fries, veggie burgers, and hand-battered buffalo wings.

119 High St
Clinton,
MA
US