Technology evolved at a different rate than the human body, and as a result, posture issues are very common. That's the contention of licensed massage therapist Barbara Merschen, who draws on more than 30 years of experience to help bridge this gap with her custom bodywork. Barbara offers a menu of noninvasive therapies as diverse as her clientele, ranging from herbal medicine to flowing Swedish strokes and Thai acupressure.
Within a private chamber in Nob Hill, the team and high-tech equipment at Costa Del Sol Tanning help clients gild and streamline their guises. UV beds, both lie-down and standup, coax out melanin stores with four levels of lamp strength, and clients shunning the sun can enlist a staff member to custom-mist their pelt with an Infinity Sun hand piece. The airbrush system emits a fog of natural botanicals that resist streaking and discoloring, delivering a more natural-looking tan than even the freshest Crayola markers. Slim-it body wraps work to tighten, firm, and detoxify sagging skin with far-infrared heat and specialized creams.
Lavish Hair & Makeup helps clients find a style that fits their personality with an array of services. The salon, which was included in Allure magazine's list of San Francisco hot spots, uses the latest in industry techniques?such as ombre color and custom color?to update looks. In addition to salon services, stylists can help with wedding preparation by swiping blush on the cheeks of bridesmaids and adding special-event extensions, which make creating updos and lassoing the groom easier.
Salon Flux's staff spiffs up strands with traditional and trendy techniques in an intimate salon space. A stylist attaches each trio of avian-inspired tufts with a micro-link bead, which generally remains adhered to the hair for about six weeks. During that time, clients can continue their usual routine of shampooing, styling, or stuffing locks under a bald cap without damaging the extensions. Waiting customers sip on complimentary refreshments as they browse a large selection of magazines or read aloud to excited tresses. Removal of the extensions is complimentary, and though re-attachment is not included in this Groupon, patrons can swing by Salon Flux for a bead re-installation ($5).
Beauty professional Anastasia Holbrook wants all her clients to have a good head on their shoulders and a great face to go with it. So she offers eyebrow waxing, tinting, and facials that enhance features and keep skin clear. She perms lashes to keep them effortlessly curled for up to eight weeks, and removes dead skin cells with exfoliating facials. For all of her facial treatments, Anastasia uses the Osmosis Skin Care line?s water soluble, plant-based products to gently correct imperfections and protect the epidermis, while fighting aging, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Mats F. Hagström, who attended Stanford and Boston University Medical School, sculpts and contours with plastic surgery. The native Swede and board-certified plastic surgeon takes joy in improving his clients' self-esteem with treatments such as laser-guided liposuction, breast augmentation, and tummy tucks. He and his staff take time during initial consultations to carefully explain the nuts and bolts of each procedure as well as show photos of successful outcomes and his latest bike trip through wine country.