The staff at 18/8 Fine Men's Salons advises men against two things: going through women's purses and going to women's salons. That's why the salon's various locations all cater to men's grooming needs, offering luxurious cuts and straight-razor shaves. Services go beyond the basics, though. Staff members also blend away grays, color beards, and administer therapeutic scalp treatments and relaxing nail services.
At Doll Face Permanent Cosmetics, Janell Lamela grants her clientele the convenience of having permanently spruced facial features with tattoos that mimic makeup. Her repertoire includes eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, and full lip color, examples of which can be seen here.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that will sculpt wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. All basic cuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products and a three-minute scalp treatment that increases blood flow, promotes hair health, and rids the cranium of laser-tag-related stresses. With the basic cut, strands are snipped and scissored away; the full-service designer cut and style includes a blow-dry and your choice of a curling iron or round brush finish to sculpt the hair into an irresistibly manicured mane. Whether you choose to place your fibrous future in the deft hands of a creative Fantastic Sams shaper or have been saving a special style to match your favorite state senator, each lock will be snipped and primped to match your desired look. Each of the Fantastic Sams confidence-renewal centers are staffed with follicle fanatics who will listen to your needs and whisk worries away with precision and kindness.
Body Time has stocked the Bay Area with local, artisan body products since 1970. Earth-concerned patrons can indulge their bodies’ consciences by using Body Time's Botanicals line, which is made from quality plant-derived ingredients, many of which are sustainably and locally produced in addition to being 70% certified organic, and includes aromatherapy olive-oil soaps ($8.50) and rosemary-and-mint conditioner ($14). Mark limbs with cologne ($16.50) or moisturizer ($8–$21) scented with the famed China Rain fragrance to add a fresh, floral, and lightly musky aroma to your person and stand out in aromatically sensitive crowds. Sensitive-skin owners can pamper with perfume-free unscented products and particular patrons can craft custom scents using perfume ($1.60/item) and essential oils (starting at $3/item) to enchant a football team captain without becoming a teen witch.
For more than 100 years, Moler Barber College has trained students in the art of cutting hair. The school provides clients with inexpensive haircuts, all of which are performed by the hands of student barbers-in-training. Fades, lines, and tapers are available at the Oakland location Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, and at the San Pablo location Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.