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On date night, the pressure is on: navigating traffic, getting work and family obligations met, sorting out a smashing ensemble. After all that, who has time to run around to different salons to have their nails, hair and (heaven forbid) makeup done?

Now we?re counting on one stop to do it all: Assembly Salon. This Beverly Hills spot focuses on hair, makeup and nails, but it doesn?t get too in-depth. That means you?ll get a fast blowout or braid, manicure and makeup (done simultaneously if you ask for the ?Celebrity? treatment) in a bright setting--and for not much money. (Ponytails and braids start at $20.) What you won?t get are nail extensions, haircuts or color, or any lengthy deep-cleaning facials.  

In our summertime heat, the fishtail braids and ponytails look especially cute. We stopped in for a ?zipped-up top knot,? an adorable hybrid of a French braid and an artfully mussed bun. The stylist added a bit of Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray for volume, and 25 minutes later, voilà! We were so pleased with our new updo that we used the salon's Becca shadows to add a smoky eye to our light daytime makeup.

In and out in less than an hour, a changed woman.

Assembly Salon, 250 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills; 424-278-1567 or

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