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Each member of Stript Wax Bar's staff specializes in waxing, using top-shelf waxing products and artful technique to efficiently strip away hair. Technicians ensure cleanliness through a strict no-double-dipping policy, clearing away hair as guests lounge in soothing environs.

5831 College Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

It's tough to relax just before a waxing appointment. With that in mind, renowned architect Chris Kofitsas decided to design Bare to inspire total serenity. To do that, he outfitted the reception area with its own porch swing, hung whimsical lanterns from the ceiling, and covered accent walls with full-sized pictures of nature scenes.

The peaceful, garden-like atmosphere certainly helps put male and female clients at ease, but the wax itself helps just as much. It's a specialized aromatherapy wax that wraps around the hair while avoiding the skin for a much more comfortable experience. In addition to using the wax, the experienced technicians can get rid of unwanted hairs by sugaring them with an all-natural paste, threading them away, or serving them notarized eviction notices. To accommodate clients interested in putting the finishing touches on their newly smoothed looks, they also offer airbrush tans and peels.

1810 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Lonni specializes in one particular service: waxing away unwanted hair for women as well as men. The Aveda Institute-trained aesthetician performs signature Brazilian and manzilian treatments, and can quickly eliminate fuzz from limbs, faces, and probably most sweaters as well. Her smoothing work has earned praise from Allure magazine and DailyCandy, and the spa earned the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2008 award for Best Wax.

1756 18th St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Each member of Stript Wax Bar's staff specializes in waxing, using top-shelf waxing products and artful technique to efficiently strip away hair. Technicians ensure cleanliness through a strict no-double-dipping policy, clearing away hair as guests lounge in soothing environs.

1764 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Barber Poles: An Iconic Symbol with Grim Origins

Outside old-fashioned barbershops spins the familiar red, white, and blue stripes of the barber?s pole. Join Groupon as we shave off the history surrounding the pole?s origins.

For many, an old-fashioned barber shop is filled with nostalgia, taking them back to decades when gentlemen spent a few minutes every day getting their sideburns shaped and stubble shaved. But the iconic spiraling sign outside harkens back to an even older time when Europeans spent their time getting their skin slashed. In the Middle Ages, barbers also functioned as surgeons, performing such pseudo-medical tasks as bloodletting. That practice?which involved cutting patients? arms to counteract the imbalance of blood in their body?was as popular as it was misguided and gruesome, and barbers were one of the few professions up to the task. After the patient had bled (and fainted), the barber would wash the bandages and hang them to dry on a wooden post outside. The poles were often painted red to hide the bloodstains, and the wind twisted the bandages around it, forming a red-and-white spiral that doubled as an advertisement for anyone else in need of a bloodletting?or a shave and a haircut.

By the year 1540, the barber?s pole became an official symbol designating a member of the United Barber-Surgeons Company in England. However, it was medical surgeons who had red-and-white poles?barbers substituted blue instead of red. Eventually, barbers gave up bloodletting but retained their spinning sign and, at least in the United States, gained another color in return. Most poles in America today sport red, white, and blue?a reflection of the nation?s flag, which itself represents George Washington?s favorite Skittles.

1239A 9th Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

What better excuse to get inside the landmark 1904 Flood Building than an appointment for an alpha-hydroxy-acid exfoliating facial or a lash tint, courtesy of Jennifer Clark Skincare? Having accumulated legions of loyal fans while earning a reputation for gentleness during her years spent working at Berkeley's Claremont Resort, extensively-trained esthetician Jennifer Clark decided to open this Union Square studio. Between its buttercup-colored walls, she provides an impressive array of services, including makeup makeovers, waxing, long-lasting eyelash curling and highly-personalized facials. There are deep-pore cleansing options, an enzyme-peel acne-blasting workover, microdermabrasion treatments and Botox-like (but injectionless) Botinol, among others. Especially popular – and something you definitely couldn't do for yourself at home – is a one-hour back treatment that includes cleansing, exfoliation and massage. No wonder Clark has so many fans.

870 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US