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Hair Salons in Boston, MA

Bostonians don’t really have a sense of street style the way New Yorkers or Chicagoans do, and that’s okay. Residents of Beantown march to their own style beat, preferring polished sophisticated looks over edgy ones. Of course, that also means that Boston hair salons have their work cut out for them, since an easy-to-maintain bedhead look simply won’t do. Of course, just because Boston residents prefer a classy, put-together style doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t want a hairstyle that feels fresh and hip, meaning the best Boston hair salons are the ones that can seamlessly blend trendy and traditional elements into one cohesive look. That’s the kind of adaptability and ingenuity we looked for when we put together this list of the best hair salons in Boston, and if our finely coiffed founding fathers were here today, we think their wigs would be in good hands.

Overall Best Hair Salon, Boston

Zona Professional Aveda Salons | Weymouth


There are a lot of factors that go into determining which salon can be named the best of all Boston hair salons. Not only do the stylists have to do consistently stellar work, but the atmosphere, customer service, and value of the services should all also be exceptional. But even with this tough criteria, it was nearly impossible for us to choose a top contender, so we turned to the reviews that customers leave on our deal pages to help us make a decision. And from there, a clear front-runner emerged. Here’s what our customers shared about their experiences at Zona:


This is a very friendly, yet professional salon. They really treat their customers as guests, offering a nice steaming cup of peppermint tea when you arrive. I've have my hair done twice now, the last time by Colleen LaRue, who is a skilled stylist and so easy to talk to. She gave me amazing Aveda color highlights (less harsh than bleach) and a great haircut. I have curly hair and she definitely has the know-how.” – Robin M.


“I buy a lot of Groupons and this is definitely one of the best. Julie was absolutely fantastic! She completely revived my daughter's dry, hay-like hair! What an incredible transformation! She spent 3 hrs on her and made her look like a million bucks. And she is so engaging and sweet. Loved Julie! We will definitely be back. Great service from a great stylist in a beautiful and inviting salon!”Chris M.

“Amazing Salon...they take time to listen to what you want and make sure that they understand what you are looking for...then make certain you are 100% happy with your cut and style...Great training - consistent service - can't say enough about them! Run...don't walk to Zona Salons!” – Susan

Best Hair Salon in Boston for Color

Liquid Hair Studios | 640 Tremont St.


Whether you’re desperate to correct a bad color job, experimenting with ombre locks, or are just looking for highlights in the perfect shade of midnight blue, the stylists at Liquid Hair Studios have got your back (or your head, as the case may be). Seriously, the hair colors coming out of this Tremont St. salon are so edgy and cool that it makes us think Boston may have more of a wild side than most outsiders think. But Liquid also deserves major props for the way its stylists carefully coach each client through the color transition process, making it feel totally effortless and easy to go from virgin hair to bright purple strands just because you suddenly feel like it.


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Best Haircut in Boston

Love and Mercy Salon | 403 D St.

Love and Mercy’s stylists are like the Justice League of the hairstyling world: a group of accomplished pros who cut their chops at some of the top Boston hair salons, and have now joined forces to form a kind of hair-cutting dream team. As such, much of the clientele here have loyally followed their stylists over from other locations, convinced that no other pair of scissor-holding hands could possibly tame their mane with the same effortless skill. The venture may be young, but it’s already racked up a number of Best of Boston awards for its work, which means you should probably book a slot now before it becomes impossible to get an appointment.

Best Barber Shop in Boston

Leo’s Hair Place | Medford

Barber shops have long been catered to mostly male clientele, but Leo’s Hair Place detours from that stereotype. Aside from being a master at fades and beard trims, Leo has a reputation for being brilliant with a blow-dryer and flat iron, and is even known around town as a master waxer to boot. We may have designated Leo’s as one of the best barber shops in Boston, but it probably deserves recognition as one of the all-around best hair salons in town, too.


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Best Hair Straightening Treatment in Boston

Salon Serenity Hair Designs | Weymouth


Not all straightening treatments are created equal. For instance, Global Keratin, the preferred method used at Salon Serenity, uses an anti-aging protein instead of harsh chemicals to tame frizz while also protecting the hair shaft from damage. Customers seem to be pleased with the results, as you can tell from these reviews pulled from our site:


I recently had a global keratin treatment and Robin was amazing. She took her time and was very attentive to my hair. Robin’s customer service was above and beyond. By the end of the appointment, I felt like I had known her for years!” – Eunice


“Great Keratin treatment! Cute and cozy salon. Love that they have Sunday hours! Would highly recommend Salon Serenity” – Jen F.

“I had a Keratin treatment and it has lasted all summer. Very good service.” – Judy F.


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