Byron & Tracey—If you want a Rachel Zoe-worthy cut or a dye job like Hilary Duff’s, we highly recommend you head to Byron & Tracey’s deluxe salon. Almost every A-list celeb has made a pit stop at this world-famous spot, and every stylist in the room is a cut above the rest. Byron & Tracey Salon, 9294 Civic Center Drive (at North Foothill Road); 310-276-4470.
Neil George—While the cut and color jobs at this salon are legendary, we’re also huge fans of their in-house hair products. The Indian Goosebury oil rivals any smoothing product we’ve ever tried, and the shampoo and conditioner will keep your tresses looking lovely between appointments. Neil George, 9320 Civic Center Drive (at North Foothill Road); 310-275-2808.
Andy LeCompte—This is the hottest hair salon in L.A. for good reason. Each and every pro is a magician with their scissors or paintbrushes, so whether you want to become a redhead à la Christina Hendricks or get a Madonna-worthy cut, you’ve got to check out this super salon. Andy Lecompte Salon, 616 N. Almont Drive (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Ave); 310-273-4100.
Dry Bar—Of all the blow-dry bars in the City of Angels, this one offers the best variety of styles at a very reasonable price. Come for a blowout and sip on a custom-made drink to get your pre-event jitters out of the way. Dry Bar, 11677 San Vicente Blvd (at South Barrington Avenue); 310-442-6084.
Makeup and Go—The idea behind Makeup and GO! is simple and ingenious: For one flat rate you can pop into this beauty bar and get your makeup and hair done without feeling any pressure to buy a product you don’t really want. Their pros are all skilled at helping you get the perfect smoky eye or flawless skin, and you’re sure to walk out feeling like a million bucks without breaking the bank. Makeup and GO!, 13038 San Vicente Boulevard (at 26th St); 310-451-6253.
The Painted Nail—This delightful nail salon has the best colors, most skilled technicians, and comfiest chairs in L.A. If you want to score a perfect ten, this is the spot for you. The Painted Nail, 13327 Ventura Boulevard (at Nagle Avenue); 818-783-2022.
Arcona—With all natural, organic ingredients and the best facial staff in town, this is the destination for celebs and in-the-know locals who love to feel pampered and get results. Be sure you pick up their incredible moisturizers and scrubs—your skin will thank us for the recommendation! The Arcona Studio, 425 Broadway (at 4th Street); 310-458-3800.
Kate Somerville—Kate Somerville has quite a reputation as Hollywood’s go-to skin saver, and after one treatment at this luxe spa you’ll know why. Not only are her facials legendary, but also her top-notch line of products will expel any imperfections and get you glowing skin fast. Kate Somerville, 8428 Melrose Place (at North Croft Aveune); 323-655-7546.
Kinara Spa—Book one of their luxe facials—like the Red Carpet, the Deep Detox, or the Thirsty Skin Quencher—and you'rel visage will be ulta-revived and glowing in no time. Or, if more intensity is what you're after, their Skin Care Boot Camp or customized facial could be calling your name. 656 North Robertson Boulevard, (between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard); 310-657-9188.
Bliss—The home of the painless violet wax, the Triple Oxygen Treatment facial, and the Fatgirlslim body treatment, makes a trip to Bliss worth it every time, and we love their cheeky products and masterful staff. Bliss Spa at W Los Angeles, 930 Hilgard Avenue (between Le Conte and Weyburn Avenues); 877-862-5477.
La Prairie—Nestled in the posh Beverly Hills Hotel, this is the ultimate destination for true decadence and rejuvenation. The massages are out of this world, as are the Diamond manicures. This La Prairie spa is definitely a girl’s best friend. La Prairie Spa at The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard (at North Crescent Drive); 310-887-2505.
Ona Spa—If you’re looking for the most exotic, incredible treatments in town, you’ll want to make an appointment at Ona. We highly recommend the Balinese 4-handed massage, but with a menu chock full of de-stressing treatments, you’ll want to try them all. Ona Spa, 7373 Beverly Boulevard (between North Martell and North Fuller Avenues); 323-931-4442.
Thibiant —Consider this the grand dame of L.A. spas. Come for a massage and don’t forget to make an appointment with Eve for top-notch waxing and Faye for eyelash tints—they are the stars at this A-list establishment. Thibiant, 449 North Canon Drive (at Burton Way); 310-278-7565.
Waxing & Brows
Anastasia—Anastasia is the brow queen of L.A. and is world-famous for giving stars like Reese Witherspoon their perfect arching eyebrows. Her brow depot also sells an incredible line of products to help you get exquisite eyebrows without a ton of fuss. Anastasia, 441 North Bedford Drive (between South Santa Monica Boulevard and Brighton Way); 310-273-3155.
Stark—Use the clean, modern, minimally designed space as your smooth skin inspiration and then leave the rest up to the skincare-savvy staff at Stark to get hair-free, all over. Stark Waxing Studio, 8701 Santa Monica Boulevard (between La Cienega and San Vincente Boulevards); 310-855-1150. 3335 West Sunset Boulevard (between Micheltorena and Descanso); 323-666-3335.