‘Do Good

Let’s face it: The work week can be pretty rough – and we’ve not even reached the bridge of a Rebecca Black song! Of course, this week you have a few extra excuses to be looking forward to the weekend: pampering in some of the city’s top salons, a deal to rival any flash sale or Groupon, and a cause you can feel good about… Sound like just the renewal you need? Mark your calendars for this Sunday.


May 15 is the annual HAIRraising event to benefit Children’s Hospital Boston. Stylists at nearly 50 salons in Boston and the surrounding area are donating their time and offering cuts for a minimum $40 contribution (each salon sets their own policy on pricing and availability to request specific stylists, but 100% of your price will be donated).

The full list of participants can be daunting, so I’m offering a few insider picks.

Bonus tip: Whether or not you can request specific stylists, most places will let you pick your price point – that way when you fall in love with your $40 haircut (and the mastermind behind the shears) you’ll be able to return at full price later.

Bradley & Diegel


The Draw:
I’m volunteering here for the afternoon. Isn’t that enough? No? Ok… But the massaging chairs at the sink should be. Request Gabe for your shampoo – more than one client has referred to his “magic hands.”

And if the faces and spaces seem vaguely familiar perhaps you caught a clip of the salon on Bravo. Tabatha featured Bradley & Diegel as an example what a high-end salon should be during her takeover of Avanti Salon.

The Names:
Maria, my personal hair guru. Check the blog. Her skills speak for themselves. Months after I get my cuts they still look so good people think I’ve just had it done. (Plus you have probably never had so much fun in a stylist’s chair as you will talking with her!)

Paul, the rising star. I met Paul when he was just starting out 5 years ago. After intensive training at James Joseph, then here under owner and master stylist Dirk Diegel, he debuted on the floor six months ago and is already gaining a loyal following (including a few local bloggers).

Tristaca, for inspired precision. She’s got the whole super-technical Vidal cutting technique down to a science, but her artistic inclination keeps the results unique and personalized to exactly what you want (even when you’re not sure what that is).

The HAIRraising Details:
Are they accepting requests for the day? “Officially, no… But it doesn’t hurt to ask!”

Mizu Boston


The Draw:
Located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Prudential Center, this salon is the picture of luxury – and has a price tag to match! With regular cuts starting at $130, you’d be making the most of this once-a-year deal. You can take what you save and hit the neighboring shops at the Pru for some new clothes to go with the new ‘do.

The minimalist design and futuristic architecture are also worth checking out. Haven’t you always secretly wondered what it would be like to get you hair done aboard a (very stylish) spaceship?

The Names:
Darren, the artistic genius. For years he was the only one who could touch my hair. When he picks up his scissors he can literally draw a crowd of fascinated onlookers at the salon windows.

Josie, always ahead of the curve. Whether styling a show during New York Fashion Week or working on her fashionable clientele, she’s on top of all the latest trends and techniques.

Alexander, for the young and hip crowd. He’s the only one on my list who I have never personally worked with or been a client of, but his wife’s hair is never anything less than rockstar.

The HAIRraising Details:
Stylists cannot be requested for $40 haircuts; however, if you wish to see a certain stylist the minimum donation is the regular cost of their haircut (with 100% going to Children’s).

James Joseph Salon:


The Draw:
This is where I had my first foray into the beauty industry – not that I’m biased. They have the accolades to back up all their hype. Plus the gorgeous loft space has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Newbury Street and a deck for enjoying in nicer weather.

Oh, and did you happen to catch Bride Wars (the cheesy romantic comedy with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson)? All salon scenes were filmed on location here.

The Names:
Derek, a power player (and another one I knew when he was only an assistant). These days he’s styled the likes of Kate Hudson, Eliza Dushki, Charlotte Ronson – and both my younger siblings!

Cindy, the miracle worker. Remember that time I cut my hair really short and freaked out? Well, there was a time before that, just before I started at James Joseph. When I met Cindy she somehow convinced me that she could make my cut better by taking it even shorter… And she delivered.

The HAIRraising Details:
Requests welcomed

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2 Responses to ‘Do Good

  1. Ooh sounds like fun! Unfortunately I JUST got my hair cut!

  2. lei ann says:

    soooooo sad i’m out of town for this :( my raggedy tresses really need some TLC!

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