The stylists at XTD Salon & Spa supplement traditional spa and salon offerings with specialized services, including keratin treatments. But this isn?t the only way the stylists draw attention to areas above the shoulders. They also add dimension to strands with partial highlights and help clients experience smoother skin with waxes, facials, and tips on where to find a good dolphin show.
Despite the sincerest efforts of herbologists everywhere, mani-pedis still do not grow on trees, only vines. For $45, today's side deal gets you a vine-ripened and moisturizing mani-pedi ($30 value)—plus a bed tanning session ($20) and $45 toward waxing—at San Francisco Sun in Cole Valley, for a total value of $95.
Surrounded by black-and-white and damask accents, patrons relax and escape from their everyday stressors at The Girls' Lounge. The staff specializes in special-occasion hair and makeup, nailcare, lash extensions, and waxing. Hairstylists sculpt manes into elegant styles, and makeup artists highlight clients' facial features for weddings and other special occasions. Nail technicians decorate digits, augmenting mani-pedis with exfoliating scrubs and soaks in porcelain footbaths. Professional technicians accent eyes with lush eyelash extensions and brows more meticulously shaped than the Gateway Arch.
If you walked into Diva Nail Lounge with a blindfold on, your nose might mistake the salon for a farmers market. The scents of mint, papaya, chocolate, and avocado drift through the space, wafting from natural scrubs and masks. Feet steep in milk baths dappled with rose petals and slices of citrus fruits, and lavender and rose essential oils condition cuticles. Technicians aren't employing the organic ingredients for their aromas alone—they choose them for their nourishing properties, such as antioxidants that combat aging and proteins that hydrate the skin.
The technicians' devotion to earth-friendly formulas is matched by their commitment to hygiene. The salon doesn't stock spa chairs because of sanitary concerns, and the staff throws away disposable tools after a single use. For example, during each Diva house treatment, techs buff calluses with a new pumice stone. To preserve more durable utensils, they sterilize their surfaces with hospital-grade treatments.
The menu covers luxurious mani-pedi services and add-ons that range from paraffin dips to peppermint clay masks. Treatments typically culminate in vibrant coats of nail polish, including the hues of SpaRitual nail lacquer—shades that avoid synthetic dyes in favor of all-natural colors harvested from the inside of kaleidoscopes.
Judging by first smell, Miracle Spa—where aromas of milk and honey, chocolate mint, and vanilla waltz through the air—could be confused with a coffee shop. However, rather than brewing lattes, the staff fixes up indulgent baths for hands and feet. While grooming nails, the attentive nail technicians soften skin with salves such as vitamin-infused shea butter and enrage grumbling stomachs with stress-melting infusions that are laced with a variety of nose-tickling scents, from ginger-lime to French lavender to eau de Gérard Depardieu. Elsewhere in the aromatic studio, staff members tint eyelashes, apply makeup, and wax bodies from eyebrow to lower leg.
Etude Nail pampers and beautifies hands and feet with an array of nailcare services. The Rose deluxe pedicure, for instance, follows a soothing soak in rosebuds and petals with a honey scrub, 10-minute massage, and paraffin dip. In addition to tending to nails, Etude uses wax to remove hair from all over the body with gentle precision.