The oversized styling mirrors at Mara's Salon reflect clients growing progressively more relaxed under the spell of the peace-inducing botanical aromas drifting through the studio. Nail techs spike mani-pedis with herbal tea, ylang-ylang oil, lavender salts, or a milk-and-honey blend; meanwhile, guests seated on leather armchairs or sofas gingerly nibble snacks and sip wine between hydrating lotion massages and paraffin dips. Staff supplement generous business hours with flexible off-hours scheduling, letting men and women work haircut, color, or waxing sessions into a tight schedule and meet the birds who come in to collect the salon's discarded hair for their nests each night.
Makeup Gourmet's CEO Chris Scott has made a career out of beauty. A passionate communicator and skilled makeup artist, Chris's experience includes varied endeavors such as touring with Chanel and writing his book Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide. So when starting Makeup Gourmet, Chris deployed the know-how he honed over the last 25 years to curate an impressive collection of beauty products from high-end brands such as Nars, Guerlain, and Bare Escentuals. Chris also keeps his store's shelves stocked with house-brand Makeup Gourmet products made from artisanal ingredients by local workers.
To complement the shop's vast assortment of products, Makeup Gourmet's staff of seasoned beauty specialists gussies up patrons' appearances with lavish services performed in the store or on location, including personalized makeup applications that imbue faces with glamour. The staff also leads hands-on lessons that teach pupils how to highlight their best features and downplay their Zorro-mask tattoos.
Tucked behind a pink-and-white façade, Glama-Rama! Salon & Gallery's stylists bear down on outdated coifs with hair services amid potted orchids and gleefully crowded shelves. Scissors thrum through locks, and stylists stray from the norm by conducting consultations in Latin or delivering retro updos and dreadlocks with products from brands including Bumble and bumble and DevaCurl. Along the walls of the beauty haven, local artists parade masterpieces for discerning eyes. Peepers skip away to gaze at glossy hardwood floors, vintage-inspired mirrors, and styling stations washed in the soft, rosy hue of a ghost in the wrong restroom.
Who you are is beautiful and it's a gift to share that beauty with the world as an expression of personal style. At salon baobao, we use our own creativity, technical expertise and passion for cutting edge color and style to help bring that personal style to the forefront.
The Light Fantastic Salonspa is an urban oasis of relaxation and beautification. More than just hair, the upscale salon spa is the only place in the Lower Haight to offer hair, skin, and body services. And The Light Fantastic isn't just the only combined salon and spa in the Lower Haight area—it's also one of the only salons in all of San Francisco to carry all-organic Phytologie and Phytomer hair and skin-care products.
Each appointment with Luna begins with a style consultation to determine your ideal look, then a scalp massage to get your hair's guard down. From there, head threads will get sudsed, shampooed, and hydrated with the finest Kevin Murphy salon products. Clipped and shaped, your newly tamed ’do will finally give up pretending to be a funny animal shape and instead embrace its true identity as a flaming torch of style.
With the peak of summer heat upcoming, there's no finer time to pave the way toward fewer shaves. Stop into Pretty Parlor to beautify your southern hemisphere with a 15-minute basic bikini wax ($25) or go for the gusto with a full 30-minute Brazilian ($60). The parlor also offers a variety of services for facially aesthetic brilliance, including lip or chin waxes ($10 each) and mood-altering eyebrow waxes ($15). Owner Sarah D. LaShelle, who has been wicking away follicles for eight years, will happily tailor the session to your skin type, addressing any issues or concerns before sending you home smooth and with complimentary wax balm. For a full list of pricing and services, check out the Pretty Parlor website.