Larchmont Beauty Center

Best Hair Accessories, August 2013

When seeking a cure for a bad hair day, take those unruly locks to Larchmont Beauty Center. If you can’t find what you need, you might trip over it: The staff will help you navigate baskets on the floor that overflow with headbands arranged in a spectrum of colors and materials. Hair ties are squeezed into every available space, and doodads that can cheat the perfect bun line the walls. Sporty ribbon elastics reside next to evening sparkles and clips in sizes that suit Anne Hathaway pixies and Princess Ariel manes. For the little ones we glimpsed ladybug- and cheetah-patterned bobby pins that will tame the wildest dos.

Best Independent Beauty Store, 2007

The perfume sprayers at department stores can intimidate, and the myriad choices at Sephora can overwhelm. If you prefer a homier place to test and buy mid-range to high-end makeup, you can’t do better than Larchmont Beauty Center. The business, family run since 1992, doesn’t stock every cosmetics line but has smartly edited choices, such as Nars eye shadows, DuWop lip glosses, and Cargo blushes. Though the Beauty Collection Apothecary in the Fairfax District comes in a close second with its eclectic selection of colorful products, Larchmont wins by a hair with its warm employees and lower prices.