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Yes, this dreary weather feels like we're regressing from summer, but truth be told—it's crunch time to kickstart beach prep. In our latest series, Get Right for Summer, we're helping you tackle the beauty checklist from head-to-toe: cuts, color, nails, tans, and hair removal. First on the agenda: Cuts. With so many salons on (and off) Newbury Street, there is no need to tolerate an insufferable hairstyle. The seven spots on this shortlist—seven being a lucky number, of course—are known for their expertise in crafting the perfect 'do.


We'll also be rounding up the best spots for highlights, mani-pedis, spray tans, and waxing over the next several weeks. Have any strong opinions in those categories? Shoot us an email: boston@racked.com.

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1. Salon Mario Russo

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9 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-6676
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Mario Russo has built himself into Boston's salon scene since he first opened on Newbury in 1990, expanding to the waterfront at a Fan Pier location in 2010. His staff (and his olive oil-based haircare line) has won numerous Best of Boston awards, in addition to national press.

2. Salon Capri

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11 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-0020
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The established Penna family delighted city dwellers last year when it translated its successful suburban salon recipe to a posh Newbury Street space. Another multi-Best of Boston award winner, it was also counted among Elle's Top 100 Salons in the US in 2009 and 2010.

3. JEFFREY

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75 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-0770
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You might think former Umi founder Jeffrey Dauksevich would have a pretentious ambiance in his new space, especially given his reputation for the city's priciest cut. But somehow, it doesn't. If you can't swing a cut with the man himself, his apprenticeship program produces highly trained stylists for as low as $60 a visit.

4. Marc Harris

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115 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-2222
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South Boston native Marc Harris delivers three different venues for his salon experience: the Newbury Street flagship, in Sports Club/LA at the Ritz Carlton, and a smaller satellite in the Financial District. With 30 years of experience and a staff of nearly 100, the Harris team boasts award-winning, sought-after stylists.

5. Salon Eva Michelle

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118 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-8118
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Salon Eva Michelle's futuristic looking space is a strong complement to its modern cuts, with renowned stylists Eva Mustafai and Michelle Lee at the helm. The salon cites education as a core value, even offering $25 cuts from student stylists.

6. Mizu

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776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 585-6498
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Yet another salon with a reputation beyond Boston, Mizu is a crisp white space in the Mandarin Oriental known for servicing high profile clientele. Last year it launched Zu Bar, which is now in full swing with four dedicated junior stylists, as an opportunity to get a luxury cut without spending a small fortune.

7. Shag

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840 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-2500
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Bucking the Newbury Street salon tradition, Shag occupies an edgy loft space led by celebrity stylist (and photographer) Sandy Poirier. Have a trendy cut that you're a tad hesitant to try out? Trust that the Shag crew will execute well.

1. Salon Mario Russo

9 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Mario Russo has built himself into Boston's salon scene since he first opened on Newbury in 1990, expanding to the waterfront at a Fan Pier location in 2010. His staff (and his olive oil-based haircare line) has won numerous Best of Boston awards, in addition to national press.
9 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

2. Salon Capri

11 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
The established Penna family delighted city dwellers last year when it translated its successful suburban salon recipe to a posh Newbury Street space. Another multi-Best of Boston award winner, it was also counted among Elle's Top 100 Salons in the US in 2009 and 2010.
11 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

3. JEFFREY

75 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
You might think former Umi founder Jeffrey Dauksevich would have a pretentious ambiance in his new space, especially given his reputation for the city's priciest cut. But somehow, it doesn't. If you can't swing a cut with the man himself, his apprenticeship program produces highly trained stylists for as low as $60 a visit.
75 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

4. Marc Harris

115 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
South Boston native Marc Harris delivers three different venues for his salon experience: the Newbury Street flagship, in Sports Club/LA at the Ritz Carlton, and a smaller satellite in the Financial District. With 30 years of experience and a staff of nearly 100, the Harris team boasts award-winning, sought-after stylists.
115 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

5. Salon Eva Michelle

118 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Salon Eva Michelle's futuristic looking space is a strong complement to its modern cuts, with renowned stylists Eva Mustafai and Michelle Lee at the helm. The salon cites education as a core value, even offering $25 cuts from student stylists.
118 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

6. Mizu

776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Yet another salon with a reputation beyond Boston, Mizu is a crisp white space in the Mandarin Oriental known for servicing high profile clientele. Last year it launched Zu Bar, which is now in full swing with four dedicated junior stylists, as an opportunity to get a luxury cut without spending a small fortune.
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

7. Shag

840 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02127
Bucking the Newbury Street salon tradition, Shag occupies an edgy loft space led by celebrity stylist (and photographer) Sandy Poirier. Have a trendy cut that you're a tad hesitant to try out? Trust that the Shag crew will execute well.
840 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02127