We suspect we'll learn how to perfectly style our own hair right around the time we grow a third hand. In the meantime, those looking to leave the blowouts to the pros (and/or enjoy a toe-curling scalp massage once in a while — we don't judge) have a number of new options, now that the dedicated blow-dry bars the West Coast and NYC have had for years are cropping up here. First came the major chain Blo, which set up shop in the South End this summer. Then this month, just before holiday-party primetime, Newbury Street got its own scissor-free salon: Gust-o. Joining a sister spot in Minneapolis, it offers a menu of 10 styles for $35 a pop, plus add-ons like faux-lash and makeup application. And while it's not hanging up its shears by any means, local stalwart Mario Russo is now offering an emergency blowout service, with on-call stylists available for same-day appointments at both locations for $40. In short: it's now pretty darn easy to get your hair did.

Blo, 437 Columbus Ave, Boston :: 617.262.0105 or
, 221 Newbury St, Boston :: 617.927.5451 or
Mario Russo
, 9 Newbury St, Boston :: 617.424.6676 OR 60 Northern Ave, Boston :: 857.350.3139 ::

Related: My life in Boston's kinky grappling scene, Photos: Selections from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, In a quest to quit smoking, our reporter delves into the strange world of modern hypnosis, More more >
  Topics: Lifestyle Features , lifestyle features
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   STYLE BUZZ IN BRIEF  |  March 06, 2013
    When the ICA hosted Shepard Fairey's first-ever museum survey in 2009, Boston rolled out the welcome mat — and then promptly pulled it out from under him: the BPD arrested Fairey for outstanding graffiti warrants on his way to the opening.
  •   VISIONARY TECH: ADLENS EYEWEAR  |  March 06, 2013
    The round glasses worn by John Lennon and legions of hippies may soon be more than throwback fashion statements, if British eyewear brand Adlens has its way.
  •   MASS APPEAL: UNITED SCENTS OF AMERICA  |  February 13, 2013
    We're relieved to report that Sasha Bertran and Samantha Sherwin, the minds (and noses) behind United Scents of America, eschewed eau de dirty water when concocting their brand-new fragrance, Massachusetts.
  •   DREAMY DÉCOR: ''DREAM HOUSE'' CLOSING PARTY  |  February 13, 2013
    In the art world, "commercial" and "decorative" often seem like dirty words. Molly Rosner embraces them.
  •   PIRATE ISO ROBOT FOR LTR  |  January 15, 2013
    There are lots of good reasons to hit up the Westin this weekend for New England's biggest science-fiction and fantasy convention.

 See all articles by: JACQUELINE HOUTON