There’s no area in Boston that’s overflowing with hair salons like the Back Bay. Newbury Street is a veritable pu-pu platter of hair care, ranging from luxurious spas and salons to the occasional bargain chains. Unfortunately, looking for a salon in the area can be equivalent to shopping at IKEA: So incredibly overwhelming that you just want to go home. Here’s our crib sheet if you happen to be searching for a trim in the Back Bay area.
If you’re willing to drop a pretty penny on your hair, you can schedule an appointment with some of the captains of coiffures, many of whom operate salons on Back Bay’s Newbury Street. At Megan Graham Beauty, colorist extraordinaire Megan Graham is known as the golden child for those with golden locks. Widely recognized for her skills coloring blondes, Megan is also notorious for her master hair extensions. Salon Mario Russo also serves as one of the most sought after salons in Boston, with women trampling each other for appointments with Artistic Director Salvatore Malafronte. Also popular is Mizu in the Mandarin Oriental Boston, whose style director Louise Rusk is known for the Rusk haircare brand you see on the shelves of endless salons.
Salon Mario Russo: 9 Newbury St.
($350 for Mario Russo himself, but prices do drop significantly, down to $50 for a junior stylist)
Megan Graham Beauty: 115 Newbury St. #401
Mizu: 776 Boylston St. Mandarin Oriental Hotel
(cuts for $100-150)
Over at the Patrice Vinci Salon, Everett native (and best friend/frequent hairstylist to Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo) Patrice Vinci is known as the go-to stylist for stars filming in Boston, having run her comb through the manes of everyone from Jay Leno to Kevin Bacon. G2o Spa and Salon, one of Boston’s longtime favorites, is a huge facility with amenities galore. Book a service and you’re free to spend the day enjoying the penthouse roof terrace, brine inhalation therapy room, and skylight hot tub. Over at Salon Capri, those looking for a special occasion updo can visit stylist Graziella Lembo, known as one of the only stylists in the city who is seasoned in the art of hair stitching.
Patrice Vinci Salon: 91 Newbury St.
(Cut $50-130, $100 with Patrice herself)
G2o Spa and Salon: 278 Newbury St.
(Cuts start at $45)
Salon Capri: 11 Newbury St.
($65-125 + for a master stylist)
Just because you’re looking to save a few pennies doesn’t mean you have to settle for the local barber shop. Sure, Back Bay may not be the cheapest place for a cut, but in a sea of $100+ haircuts, there are certainly a few less expensive options. Zen Hair in Kenmore Square is a back-to-basics hidden gem known for cuts around $40. Also popular is the string of Dellaria Salons, whose Newbury Street outpost can have you in and out starting at $50.
Zen Hair: 476 Commonwealth Ave.
Dellaria: 221 Newbury St.
(Cuts start around $50)