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LA's 38 Best Beauty Stores, Salons, and Spas for Perfect Primping

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With our first-ever Beauty Week well under way, we're taking the opportunity to refresh our last best-of roundup. Whether you're seeking a one-stop shop that'll prettify you from head to toe or a specialized space that'll pamper just one part of your bod, we're rounded up 38 beauty boutiques, salons, and spas.

To make way for new additions like luxe shop Violet Grey and star-minded salon Enamel Diction, we've removed essential chop shops like Frédéric Fekkai and Hairroin Salon (they're already repped on our best hair salons list). Since DryBar's growing roster of blowout studios has got LA covered, we've replaced Blo with green beauty boutique Évolué. Lastly, we've swapped national skincare brand Kiehl's for local editor-faved Larchmont Beauty Center.

Don't see your faves on the list? Suggest 'em in the comments or hit up our tipline for consideration in the next round.

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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]

Barneys New York, Beverly Hills

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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. [Time Out]

Bellacures

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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]

Benefit Cosmetics

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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]

Benjamin with Negin Zand

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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]

Blind Barber

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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 transforms into a speakeasy-style cocktail bar. [Photo]

Blinkbar

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This luxe lash extensions bar-—which recently scored its own space on Ocean Park Boulevard—offers everything from simple and flirty fill-ins to full-on, dramatic flappers using 100% real siberian mink. [Photo]

Blushington

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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. [Facebook]

Burke Williams Spa

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In addition to offering indulgent pampering services, this trusted spa also houses whirlpools, saunas and cool mist rooms. [Facebook]

Diptyque

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The famed French fragrance makers have finally landed in LA, offering their iconic eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, fragrances, and body care products in Larchmont and Beverly Hills. [Photo]
For $40 a pop, there's never been an easier way for time-pressed tresses to get prepped for a big event or night out. On top of its new Beverly Hills bar, this "no cuts, no color" blowout chain has added a slew of new services to its menu, like its nourishing Mudslide mask treatment. [Photo]
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. [esNAIL]

Face Haus

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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 $45 treatments for girls and guys of every age range and epidermis type, this stylish facial bar (which expanded to West Third Street is also popular among the dudes for its fresh yet no-frills decor. Don't forget to grab the special skin-quenching juice on your way out. [Photo]

Face Place

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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]

Gloss Makeup & Beauty Studio

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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]

Hammer & Nails

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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]

Le Labo

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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]

Lush Cosmetics

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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]

Make Up For Ever

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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]

Nail To Toe Rescue

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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]

Naimie's Beauty Center

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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]

Nigel's Beauty Emporium

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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]

Nordstrom at The Grove

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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]

Ole Henriksen

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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]

Olive & June

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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. [Bonnie Tsang]

Scent Bar

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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]

Skin Laundry

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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 they just released their first skincare product line ($15 to $50). [Photo]

Sephora

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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]

Stark Waxing Studio

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Although Stark shuttered its Studio City outpost, this trusted fave's West Hollywood and Silver Lake outposts are still waxing away. There, the pros will remove hair using hard blue wax and cream wax from France that is specially formulated for gentle removal on sensitive skin. [Photo]

Star Nails

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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]

The Thread Bar

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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]

Umberto Salon

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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]

ULTA Beauty

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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]

The Well

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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]

Larchmont Beauty Center

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Stocked with "almost every type of beauty product under the sun" according to one beauty editor, this small but packed Larchmont shop offers cosmetics, haircare, skincare, and fragrances for every beauty buff's budget. [Nelso]

Violet Grey

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Tucked away on swanky Melrose Place, this insider-faved makeup mecca is stocked with top-notch beauty brands that must pass the Violet Code. Here, you'll find only the best (and pretty packaged) cosmetics and skincare approved by pro makeup artists and experts. [Photo]

Évolué Beauty

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In addition to offering research-obsessed owner Jean Seo's own line of skincare products (which are "tested on actresses, not animals"), this trainer-faved green beauty boutique offers luxury eco-friendly brands like like Arcona, Laboratorie Paysane, and other hard-to-find names. [Facebook]

Enamel Diction

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This Mid-City spot isn't your average nail salon. In addition to a team of talented nail art superstars, this luxe lacquer studio's color astrology service will help reveal your power colors and more.

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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]

Barneys New York, Beverly Hills

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. [Time Out]

Bellacures

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]