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 Salon & Gallery's stylists bear down on outdated coifs with hair services amid potted orchids and gleefully crowded shelves.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.
Pretty Parlor has no need to prove that it has rock and roll roots, and instead creates a refined atmosphere for hair removal and styling. It’s an intimate act, and the privacy this teensy space affords will calm the most agitated of nerves. A tiny, blue-painted salon in the ground floor of the Activspace artists’ collective on 18th and Treat, Pretty Parlor is full of Art Nouveau touches like silhouettes, bold wallpaper, a still life painting and elaborately framed mirrors. Hyper-contemporary looks emerge from this turn of the last century space, where stylish Mission ladies with troublesome brows get beautified on their lunch hour.
The Shalomtouch therapist harnesses a focused slate of healing services to balance bodies and refine skin. The spa's three flavors of massage soothe varying levels of tension, melting away everyday stress by merging lighter strokes with specialized aromatherapy and treating more vexing pain with deep, concentrated pressure. By becoming attuned to the body's tight spots, tender areas, and construction-zone detours, the therapist achieves lasting, customized relief. Facial services cleanse and purify pores with the power of organic ingredients, and deft hands smooth bikini areas with Brazilian-waxing sessions for men and women.
Tucked away beneath the carved wooden eaves of a Victorian-style house, San Francisco Face and Body aims to provide a haven from everyday worries and cares. The friendly staff concentrates laser-like focus on customer service, customizing aromatherapy scents, massage techniques, and mask ingredients to each client’s skincare needs. Aestheticians smooth hirsute areas with numbing natural analgesics and imported French waxes designed to grip hair, not skin, easing the pain of separation without the need for regular Skype dates with estranged former moustaches.
Pistachio-green walls, exposed white ceilings, and wood fixtures. These airy and earthy tones foster relaxation, but Tiptoes Nail Spa is about more than serenity. It's about green and socially responsible serenity. For all their services, they use high-end products, such as vegan and formaldehyde-free nail polishes. These beauty enhancers are safe for the environment, in addition to being animal cruelty-free.
In plush, black leather pedicure chairs with granite-based footbaths, nail technicians foster relaxation as they exfoliate soles, buff nails, and massage warm lotion into hard-working feet. With great attention to detail, staff members also execute rejuvenating facials and massage. That attention to detail also means keeping waxing treatments ouch-free with applications of topical anesthetics.
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.