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783 Divisadero St
San Francisco,
CA
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1909 Ellis St
San Francisco,
CA
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681 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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Mixing beauty and business comes as naturally to Trang Warden as it does to any dealer of fine art. Her father was a man of great entrepreneurial spirit, and her mother was the owner of a San Francisco salon, giving Trang the seeds of two complementary passions. After earning her business degree and gaining a job at a Fortune 500 company, she still worked weekends at a spa with her sister, honing a talent she’d discovered with a part-time manicurist position at age 17. Today, she continues to blend commerce with cosmetic savvy—though now in one place: Zen Day Spa.

At the wheel of her beauty haven, Trang pampers hands, feet, and faces with an extensive treatment menu that relies on botanically sourced products from brands such as Epicuren, Murad, and Yonka-Paris. Tropical scents waft from mani-pedi stations, where toes soak in a signature jelly bath sprinkled with rose petals and nail technicians massage limbs with a papaya-pineapple scrub. Other body therapies incorporate volcanic clay and propolis mined from plants and flowers by bees wearing hardhats in Brazilian rainforests.

775 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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Kabuki Springs & Spa

Bath time at Kabuki Springs & Spa isn’t your typical suds session. It’s a peaceful, communal bathing ritual that combines hot and cold pools, individual Japanese-seated showers, and a sauna. Sea salts, chilled face cloths, and teas make the experience even more refreshing and invigorating, and a full-time bathing attendant is also on-hand to answer any questions and keep an eye out for rip currents. Along with its communal baths, the spa houses more than 50 massage therapists proficient in everything from Swedish and shiatsu massages, to deep pressure or craniosacral work, to Reiki. Traditional spa services include body polishes that set skin aglow with aromatic salts, and organic facials that brighten complexions with lymphatic massage and toning buckwheat masks.

1750 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
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519 Laguna St
San Francisco,
CA
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