The owner of LA Touched Salon set out into the world of fashion with one goal: to bring the City of Angels to the Bay Area. While living in Los Angeles she learned the tricks of the beauty trade from master and celebrity stylists, then brought her newfound skills back to her hometown. Today, she and her staff highlight and color hair, snip away split ends, and lend locks a straightened sheen for up to 12 weeks with low-heat, keratin-based Brazilian gloss blow outs. For more permanent straightening, the beauty gurus use a new Zen Care treatment from Korea, where a red-wine-based serum relaxes strands so that customers can stop pressing their hair under a stack of dictionaries every morning.
For more than 30 years, Always Tan Skin + Body's skilled staff of technicians has been devising its ever-changing menu of advanced spa treatments to restore stressed clients. The spa gets its name from a lineup of UV-centric tanning beds that gently bronze bodies in 12- to 20-minute sessions, but the staff of aestheticians and massage therapists run a full-service spa. Luxuriously heated massage tables cradle clients' cloth-draped bodies as certified therapists summon knots from the deepest layers of the muscular system with a variety of massage styles, including shiatsu and craniosacral. Though they specialize in therapeutic massages, the dexterous therapists easily adjust their kneads to accommodate clients' injuries, soreness, or migratory pancreases. To revive vivid or dull complexions, the spa administers microdermabrasions and custom facials backed by skincare lines such as DermaQuest, Image, and Le Mieux. Between treatments, clients can take a breather in the spa's quiet lounge, lined with black leather chairs and vibrant, lily-pad-themed paintings, while indulging in hot herbal teas and filtered mineral spring water harvested from the room's personal Niagara Falls–size waterfall.
The skilled aestheticians at Hand Job Nail and Spa put a sassy spin on their multitude of skin-pampering spa services in a professional, fun-loving atmosphere complete with relaxing perks including tea bar stocked with organic products. To begin their service, clients head to a softly lit treatment room sumptuously appointed with cushy chairs and cordoned off from the rest of the spa by sliding doors. The Raw Man facial puts masculine visages at home with products derived from rugged raw minerals, plants, and botanicals. During the no-nonsense service, an aesthetician spends 60 minutes giving skin a lit-from-within glow with a combination of aromatherapeutic products, hot and cold therapy, and reenactments of clients' favorite action movies. Alternatively, during Organic Orgasmic facials, facialists work to uncrinkle brows furrowed from a stressful workweek or a failed attempt at rewiring home-rollercoaster systems with a purifying treatment that cleanses, exfoliates, and massages faces into a state of total relaxation. Finally, a customized mask chock-full of beneficial botanical extracts caps relaxation time with the kind of one-on-one attention for which faces would gladly endure hours skiing in an itchy ski mask.
Our mission is to create a salon environment where inner and outer beauty, wellness, diversity and laughter are celebrated in a relaxing fashion forward environment. We are the ultimate boutique salon in the Castro offering a complete range of hair, color, skin & makeup exclusively using Aveda beauty products.
The epidermal up-lifters at Castro Day Spa sweep away complexion clutter within their restorative sanctuary of stressless-ness. The men's facial restores moxie to macho faces, targeting male-specific skin issues such as skin imbalance and hardened Hello Kitty decals. An experienced aesthetician begins by exfoliating the skin to gently slough away dead layers lacquered with pore pollutants, before administering a customized skin peel to unveil the clear canvas hiding just beneath. Afterward, clients are graced with tips and tricks for maintaining a cleansing regime at home. As an added bonus, Groupon customers will receive 10% off any products bought the day of their treatment, as well as 10% off their next service if booked on the same day as the appointment—ensuring a long-lasting manly glow unhindered by work stress, or late-night snuggles with an old favorite Gillette.
Massage therapist Duane started studying therapeutic bodywork after a career in IT impressed upon him the stresses and muscle pains that plague people every day. During each massage session, Duane tailors his techniques to soothe fussy muscles like a warm bottle of milk soothes a fussy police officer. The long, calming stokes of Swedish massage interweave with the firm pressure of deep-tissue massage and the knot-busting trigger-point technique to relieve pain and keep clients relaxed.