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It's been a hot minute since we've refreshed our Racked 38 beauty edition, and there's no better time than now to give our list a little facelift. Since our last roundup, we've seen plenty of new prettifying and pampering places pop up around town, from instant beautification services to head-to-toe concept shops. But like those dreaded yet much-needed blackhead-busting nose strips, it was time to get down and dirty—and while it definitely hurt, it felt oh-so-good to make way for our new faves.

This time around, we've swapped out celeb-faved vets like Andy LeCompte and Warren-Tricomi for hip up-and-comers like Assembly and The Well. Since Angelenos enjoy their fair share of natural rays, we've ditched the tanning salons and opted for a few more eco-friendly options, like Lush Cosmetics and quickie facial bar Face Haus. Without further ado (and in A to Z order), here are our top supply stores, salons, spas, scent spots and more to appease every beauty buff's budget and desires.

See something missing? As always, hit us up in the comments or email our tipline to submit suggestions for the next round.

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1. Assembly

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250 South Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 278-1567
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This is not your average blow dry bar. In addition to specializing in braids, ponytails and updos, this Bev Hills salon also offers full makeup and nail services using cruelty-free and non-toxic products. [Photo: Assembly Salon]

2. Barneys New York, Beverly Hills

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9570 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-4400
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We can't help but get a little giddy whenever we visit Barneys' ritzy beauty floor. Bursting with pricey perfumes, designer cosmetics, luxury skincare and more, it's easy to get all Holly Golightly up in here. [Photo: Yelp]

3. Bellacures

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1609B Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 584-4584
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With locations in SaMo, Brentwood, Studio City, Pasadena and more, this high-end nail salon is the epitome of cleanliness and attention to detail. Offerings include traditional treatments along with a kids manicure and gel polishes. [Photo via]

4. Benefit Cosmetics

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8387 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0600
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Known for their instant face fixers and adorable packaging, the cute cosmetics company's West 3rd St boutique also boasts a top-notch brow bar. Benebabes swear by the eyebrow shaping and lash tinting gurus at the pink-loving brand's whimsical wonderland, which also offers pro makeup application services alongside their beauty betsellers. [Photo: Benefit Cosmetics]

5. Benjamin with Negin Zand

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8910 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3296
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The English library-inspired salon's had a few marquee updates over the past several years, but it's still the same high-end coiffeur cuts and colors spot that many A-listers know and love. [Photo: Benjamin with Negin Zand]

6. Blind Barber

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101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-6679
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By day, well-groomed gents go to the NY-based barbershop's West Coast outpost for superior shaves, clean cuts and trims. At nightfall, the back room welcomes both girls and guys when it transorms into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar. [Photo: Blind Barber]

7. The Blink Bar at WAX

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2502 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(323) 786-3936
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Update: Blinkbar has moved to 1706 Ocean Park Blvd. Located in hair removal salon WAX, this luxe lash extensions bar offers everything from simple and flirty fill-ins to full-on, dramatic flappers using 100% real siberian mink. [Photo: WAX]
18622 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
(323) 469-2569
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No cuts, no color and no 'W': The international blowout chain keeps it simple with their wash/blow/go concept. On top of their signature quickie hair styling for women, men and kids, Blo also offers extensions, head massages, deep conditioning treatments, and bridal and in-house services. [Photo via]

9. Blushington

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8391 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-5874
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So simple, we wonder why it’s taken this long for someone to think of it—a specialty salon staffed by makeup artists that will expertly apply makeup and lashes fix up your brows in a jiffy. For folks in a hurry, they also offer 20-minute on-the-go applications. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Burke Williams Spa

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8000 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 822-9007
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In addition to offering indulgent pampering services, this trusted spa also houses whirlpools, saunas and cool mist rooms. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Diptyque

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202 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 962-3622
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The famed French fragrance makers have finally landed a standalone LA boutique, which offers the perfumer's iconic eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, fragrances and body care products on cozy Larchmont Blvd. [Photo: Diptyque]

12. DryBar

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13019 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 287-7375
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For $35 a pop, there's never been an easier way for time-pressed tresses to get prepped for a big event or night out. [Photo: Yelp]

13. esNAIL

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8384 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-5800
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From simple color coats to Swarovski stones to 3D accoutrements, this celeb-loved Japanese nail salon—which just opened a Beverly Hills location—takes decking out your digits to a whole new level. [Photo: esNail]

14. Face Haus

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12332 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(855) 550-4287
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Finally, an affordable 30-minute facial salon that lets time-pressed beauty buffs ditch the deal scavenging and suspicious strip mall spots. Offering a menu for girls and guys of every age range and epidermis type, this stylish facial bar is also popular among the dudes for its fresh yet no-frills decor. Don't forget to grab their special skin-quenching juice on your way out. [Photo via]

15. Face Place

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8701 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-1150
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Located in a charming historic building, the Face Place has earned accolades from more than a few famous folks for its clinical approach to luxury skincare. [Photo: Face Place]

16. Frédéric Fekkai

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8457 Melrose Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-7800
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World-renowned hairstylist Frederic Fekkai's eponymous salon is hidden away on Melrose Place, where clients can enjoy a range of expert beauty and grooming services. His internationally bestselling line of high-end haircare is also sold here. [Photo: Frederic Fekkai]

17. Gloss Makeup & Beauty Studio

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9867 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 553-6505
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A popular pampering spot for bridal parties, this Beverly Hills salon offers almost every beautification application under the sun, from waxing to lash tinting to hairstyling to tanning and more. [Photo: Yelp]

18. Hammer & Nails

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8257 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 302-5435
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Call it a man cave, call it a men's manicure/pedicure spot: Though this "anti-salon" won't refuse a lady looking to get pampered in one of its comfy brown leather chairs, women have so far been wise to let the guys keep this grooming haven—complete with beer and flat-screen TVs—all to themselves. [Photo via]

19. Hairroin Salon

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1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-0392
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For those who like their salon as edgy as their razor-sharp, Manic Panic-colored coifs, this is the place to go. [Photo: Hairroin]

20. Kiehl's

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100 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-0028
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The old school apothecary brand has perfected their natural skincare formulas over the last 160 years, resulting in a lineup of bestsellers beloved by beauty buffs. [Photo: Yelp]

21. Le Labo

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8385 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-0411
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Their vials and bottles can be pricey, but with good reason. Le Labo's make-it-your-way perfume bar lets you create your own concoction using a top-notch array of fancy, fresh-smelling ingredients. [Photo via ]

22. Lush Cosmetics

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24 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 792-0901
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Three words: Fizzy. Bath. Bombs. We're also big fans of their handmade and vegan-friendly skincare products. Their cosmetics Tarot-like concept is pretty interesting, too—we dare you to give their color wheel a spin. [Photo: Foursquare]

23. Make Up For Ever

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132 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 247-0277
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Bold pigments, a brush for every stroke, HD foundations and an expert staff of makeup mavens are what you'll find at the French fave's many stores across LA. Book an appointment-only makeup lesson, then watch the recorded session again at home to perfect your craft. [Photo: Yelp]

24. Nail To Toe Rescue

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2726 Griffith Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-1089
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This Los Feliz salon may look unassuming from the outside, but step into their bright and airy space and you'll discover friendly technicians, a clean and comfy environment and a wide variety of gel and polish colors. [Photo: Nail to Toe Rescue]

25. Naimie's Beauty Center

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12640 Riverside Dr
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(818) 655-9933
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Everyone from average beauty buffs to special effects artists head to this two-story hair and cosmetics mecca for its massive inventory of pro tools and supplies (fake blood, bazillions of brushes, a selection that rivals Sephora, etc.). If you need more than just retail therapy, their on-site salon and spa should do the trick. [Photo: Yelp]

26. Nigel's Beauty Emporium

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11252 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 760-3902
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Another trusted one-stop shop for makeup mavens of all types, the 7,000-square-foot space stocks special effects supplies, stage makeup, custom-made wigs, cult fave and well-known cosmetics brands, hair and beauty tools, skincare and haircare products, and much more. [Photo: Foursquare]

27. Nordstrom at The Grove

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-2230
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When you're not ready to commit to a new lippie or you just wanna get a little crazy with your eyeshadow mid-shopping spree, let Nordstrom's expansive beauty department be your experimental playground. [Photo: Foursquare]

28. Ole Henriksen

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8622A W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 854-7700
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Tucked away in Sunset Plaza, this tranquil retreat offers classic spa treatments mixed with more niche services, like anti-aging LED light therapy and lavish head-to-toe facial/massage "rituals." [Photo: Ole Henriksen]

29. Olive & June

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430 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 247-0500
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Cute, charming and playfully dressed: this stylish nail salon is everything you'd expect from adorable founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. Bonus: the space was designed by the folks behind essential indie boutique TenOverSix. [Photo: Bonnie Tsang/Olive & June]

30. Scent Bar

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7405 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8300
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This small boutique's stellar selection of indie perfumers and cult fave scent makers more than make up for its lack of square footage. [Photo: Scent Bar]

31. Skin Laundry

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8789 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 360-0791
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Ten minutes is all it takes to zap your skin into glowing shape at this luxe laser facial salon. They've got three locations serving LA, and word is there's also a skincare product line in the works. [Photo via]

32. Sephora

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 843-0123
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Our list would not be complete without a mention of Sephora, which carries nearly every big-name beauty brand and rewards frequent shoppers with fun perks like samples and birthday surprises. [Photo: Yelp]

33. Stark Waxing Studio

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12324 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-3665
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The waxers at this trusted fave will remove hair using hard blue wax and cream wax from France that is specially formulated for gentle removal on sensitive skin. With three LA locations, this chainlet's Valley spot gets brownie points for being a few doors from fellow 38 member Face Haus. [Photo: Yelp]

34. Star Nails

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7854 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 654-9385
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Formerly CT Nails #9, this pet-friendly mani/pedi spot enjoys a little friendly rivalry with the similarly named salon a few doors down. The tie breaker? Master nail artist David, whose pro airbrushing skills has scored him top praises from fashion folk. [Photo via]

35. The Thread Bar

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1321 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-9494
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The price is right at this playfully pink threading salon, which will remove your unwanted facial hair for anywhere between $5 to $27, depending on the service. [Photo: The Thread Bar]

36. Umberto Salon

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416 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-6395
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Many know Umberto Savone's name thanks to his haircare line for Target, and many don't know that the master coiffeur still clocks in at his Beverly Hills flagship. Every new client receives a consultation with Umberto himself before one of 75 expert hairstylists tends to their tresses. [Photo via]

37. ULTA Beauty

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4550 Pico Blvd., Suite C321
Los Angeles, CA 90019-4232
(323) 878-2524
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Some might consider its selection second to Sephora, but there's no denying this national megachain—which stocks tens of thousands of products from drugstore makeup brands to designer fragrances—is still a must on any beauty roundup. [Photo: Ulta]

38. The Well

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1006 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 261-6770
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Lights, camera, and so much more: There are many reasons why this one-stop concept shop has landed a spot here and on our essential 38 list. In addition to offering top-notch beauty services (hair, makeup, nail art), this salon doubles (or triples?) as photo studio and a boutique stocking local designers and cult cool brands. [Photo: The Well]

1. Assembly

250 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
This is not your average blow dry bar. In addition to specializing in braids, ponytails and updos, this Bev Hills salon also offers full makeup and nail services using cruelty-free and non-toxic products. [Photo: Assembly Salon]
250 South Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

2. Barneys New York, Beverly Hills

9570 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
We can't help but get a little giddy whenever we visit Barneys' ritzy beauty floor. Bursting with pricey perfumes, designer cosmetics, luxury skincare and more, it's easy to get all Holly Golightly up in here. [Photo: Yelp]
9570 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

3. Bellacures

1609B Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
With locations in SaMo, Brentwood, Studio City, Pasadena and more, this high-end nail salon is the epitome of cleanliness and attention to detail. Offerings include traditional treatments along with a kids manicure and gel polishes. [Photo via]
1609B Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

4. Benefit Cosmetics

8387 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Known for their instant face fixers and adorable packaging, the cute cosmetics company's West 3rd St boutique also boasts a top-notch brow bar. Benebabes swear by the eyebrow shaping and lash tinting gurus at the pink-loving brand's whimsical wonderland, which also offers pro makeup application services alongside their beauty betsellers. [Photo: Benefit Cosmetics]
8387 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Benjamin with Negin Zand

8910 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The English library-inspired salon's had a few marquee updates over the past several years, but it's still the same high-end coiffeur cuts and colors spot that many A-listers know and love. [Photo: Benjamin with Negin Zand]
8910 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Blind Barber

101797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
By day, well-groomed gents go to the NY-based barbershop's West Coast outpost for superior shaves, clean cuts and trims. At nightfall, the back room welcomes both girls and guys when it transorms into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar. [Photo: Blind Barber]
101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

7. The Blink Bar at WAX

2502 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Update: Blinkbar has moved to 1706 Ocean Park Blvd. Located in hair removal salon WAX, this luxe lash extensions bar offers everything from simple and flirty fill-ins to full-on, dramatic flappers using 100% real siberian mink. [Photo: WAX]
2502 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

8. Blo

18622 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
No cuts, no color and no 'W': The international blowout chain keeps it simple with their wash/blow/go concept. On top of their signature quickie hair styling for women, men and kids, Blo also offers extensions, head massages, deep conditioning treatments, and bridal and in-house services. [Photo via]
18622 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

9. Blushington

8391 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069