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It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.

1618 Locust St
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

The nail technicians of Galaxy Nail Spa pamper and polish digits with a specialized menu of mani-pedis. The staff’s repertoire builds upon the classic mani-pedi, lavishing patrons in customized levels of luxury with optional additions, including skin-softening scrubs, soothing hot towels, and sense-invigorating aromatherapy. Patrons can opt to upgrade polishings with a coat of shellac, which maintains a chip-free surface despite the wear of day-to-day activities and marathon ding-dong ditching.

1671 N California Blvd
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

European Waxing Center uses hard wax made from beeswax, which is all natural, requires no painful paper strips, and is the equivalent of catnip for Pooh bears. There is also a bevy of waxing services available for both women and men. Ladies can experience up to six weeks of razor freedom with a full leg wax ($58), or add a boost of beach confidence with a bikini ($32) or Brazilian wax ($39). Evict rent-skipping hand-hair ($10 for women, $12 for men), or let freshly de-stranded piggies ($10 for women, $13 for men) go "wee wee wee" all the way to your flip-flops. Gentlemen can cut down on wind resistance during shirtless rollerblading excursions with a chest ($23), neck ($14), and full back ($50) wax.

1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

At Advanced Electrolysis Hair Removal, licensed professionals administer small electrical currents designed to permanently remove hair without damaging the surrounding skin. As hair growth is a process that occurs in cycles, and electrolysis targets hair when it’s in the active-growth cycle, some patients may need additional sessions for the best results. Some people have likened the sensation to a stinging or pricking feeling.

2817 Crow Canyon Rd
San Ramon,
CA
US

The staff at Alexandra's European Skin Care Spa keeps its aesthetic armory stocked with technology ready to aid in beautifying missions. The Formostar infrared body wraps help patients break down fat cells without undressing, and the two wands connected to the Beautiful Image Model 900 send zaps of microcurrents at facial wrinkles, unwanted body flab, and underperforming orchestras. A selection of diamond or crystal tips pair with the spa’s FDA-approved microdermabrasion system to fend off blotches and blemishes, and treatments, such as the oxygen facial, target complexions with high-pressure gusts of oxygen and mists of nutrient-rich serum that opens pores and revitalizes surfaces. The spa also schedules traditional treatments, including massage, waxing, and Bronze Biologic spray-tanning sessions. By stocking up on products from Image Skincare and Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, they can augment each of their treatments and never have to answer the sphinx that guards each drugstore's beauty aisle.

7080 Donlon Way, Ste 118
Dublin,
CA
US

While earning her degree in Business Entrepreneurship, Alicia Moore's dedication to skincare earned her the nickname "Beauty Sensai." So she formalized the moniker when she opened her business, and today, beautifies clients with the effortless professionalism of a veteran aesthetician. Specializing in hair removal, Alicia offers basic waxing as well as natural sugaring and threading, which allows her the precision needed to finely sculpt eyebrows into perfect arches or smiling caterpillars. Other beautifying services include skin-rejuvenating LED treatments and professional makeup application.

7292 San Ramon Rd
Dublin,
CA
US