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Jennifer Clark doesn't believe in sweeping skin problems under the rug?or, rather, under layers of foundation. As the head aesthetician at Skin Lounge, she much prefers to tackle concerns with a customized regimen of DermaQuest products and spa procedures. Her services strive for a symbiotic relationship with the skin, building on its natural processes and beauty so that makeup becomes an afterthought.

Jennifer modifies these treatments based on the client's skin type and the condition they'd like to address. Her facials range from a 40-minute Glow on the Go service to an Ultra Luxe treatment, which adds microdermabrasion and a light chemical peel to the standard cleansing, steam, and extractions. Stronger chemical peels, such as the power pumpkin peel and the TCA glow peel, reduce signs of aging with clinical ingredients rather than by taping a forged birth certificate to the forehead. Even when waxing away unwanted hair, Jennifer maintains her devotion to healthy skin: she never double dips, and her knack for nigh painlessly removing strips has earned her the nickname "Wax Princess."

1640 Bush Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Inside Salon Belle de Soir, which resides a hair tie's throw from the shopping hub of Fillmore and Union streets, stylists revamp tresses with premium products designed by celebrity stylist Oribe, who has visited the salon to teach a styling class. The salon's moniker means ?beauty of the evening,? which suits its romantic style replete with Parisian-inspired portraits, a chandelier, zebra-striped upholstery, and fur rugs that duplicate the thickness of Fabio's five o'clock shadow. During an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, owner Tracy Stanwick described her styling philosophy as "putting movement back into hair," emphasizing that her staff teaches clients how to properly replicate the styles they receive in the salon. The stylists prioritize hair's health as much as its style with restorative procedures such as Ionic Rescue Pro treatments and Brazilian blowouts. Salon Belle de Soir also offers free consultations, which allow staffers to recommend dubious horse-racing tips as well as face-flattering dos and colors.

2208 Filbert Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Wearing a flower behind your ear can add vibrancy to any hairstyle, but the stylists at FLiP Salon go a step further—they infuse hair with sunflower oil. Botanical extracts from castor, jojoba, and other plants are the calling cards of their Aveda color products. They meticulously apply the color, creating looks with names such as Sunkissed Blonde—a mix of highlights and lowlights that emulates natural flaxen hair more convincingly than a wig made from straw.

That particular shade is owner Shannon Kitchen-Juarez's signature color. Shannon has created it after more than 25 years of experience in the salon business and training from acclaimed names such as Toni&Guy and Bumble and bumble. She and her team strive to accommodate more than just those who want blond locks. Their color ranges from subtle to bright and audacious, and includes ombre highlights. Brazilian blowouts, updos, and haircuts round out their list of services.

2414 Chestnut St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Led by Adelice and Daniel Miller, Salon DNA's team of professionals rejuvenate clients from head to toe with services ranging from haircuts to pedicures. With more than three decades of combined experience in Brazil, London, and Beverly Hills, the staff have worked with a variety of clients with wavy hair, highly sensitive skin, and requests for their chest hair to be waxed into a portrait of Pel?. The salon's large windows bring in ample sunlight, which glistens off hardwood floors and white furnishings to nourish delicate floral arrangements.

In addition to spa services, the salon also teaches Pilates classes. Certified instructors lead small groups and individuals on journeys to better health and calmer minds. Pilates exercises use the whole body and especially build the core, and is better for the body than encasing the entire midsection in concrete.

760 Market Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

The scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood that linger in the air at The I Spa can be traced back to an essential-oil blending bar, where clients can customize their own relaxing fragrances. These fragrances eventually make their way into massages that cater to individual aches and pains with techniques drawn from 10 distinct modalities.

?Customization? seems to be the principle that unites and guides every treatment that takes place at The I Spa. This is evident not only in the massages, but in the skin analysis that precedes each facial, allowing the spa?s aestheticians to craft unique blends of products from Jan Marini and Eve Taylor.

Regardless of the treatment, it?s not difficult to relax amidst the spa?s tile walls, gauzy curtains, and tropical flowers. Each treatment room is equipped with a vacant iPod dock that allows clients to play their own self-recorded impersonations of Phil Collins cooing like a pigeon.

888 Howard St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

Each member of Orchids Beauty Salon’s team stays abreast of the advancements and trends in their aesthetic specialties, ensuring clients receive the latest in pampering from head to toe. Stylists problem solve for each head of hair, restoring proteins and smoothing down strands with Keratin and Brazilian Brushing treatments, snipping overgrown cuts into shape, or remaking a client’s image with a fresh new style. The salon’s arsenal of aestheticians include Brazilian bikini specialists, who wage an all-out war on hair, invading bikini zone follicles with a deluge of warm wax before zipping the area clean with the precision of a German train schedule in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. Clients suffering aches and pains find solace in the salon’s eclectic selection of massage modalities that range from the smooth strokes of Swedish massage to the affectionate nuzzles from pet rocks found in hot stone therapy.

3405 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US