In Focus: Eyebrows Anonymous
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Spa Services: eyebrows, waxing, facials, and makeup
In charge: spa owner and aesthetician Christina, who specializes in sculpting eyebrows
Must-try service: sugaring hair removal, an all-natural alternative to waxing
On the way out: pick up Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, available in four scents
Lonni specializes in one particular service: waxing away unwanted hair for women as well as men. The Aveda Institute-trained aesthetician performs signature Brazilian and manzilian treatments, and can quickly eliminate fuzz from limbs, faces, and probably most sweaters as well. Her smoothing work has earned praise from Allure magazine and DailyCandy, and the spa earned the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2008 award for Best Wax.
A native of Brazil, massage therapist and aesthetician Fabricia Muniz runs the one-woman operation named after her homeland. Inside the intimate spa, she performs an array of services such as waxing across the body, hydrating and cleansing facials, and chemical peels to lessen the appearance of blemishes. Microdermabrasion exfoliates dead skin cells away, and facials can be combined with a massage to make clients more relaxed than a snowman in the Arctic.
From shampoos infused with extracts of white truffle to soaps imported from Italy and Sweden, you'll find things at Beauty Company you probably won't find anywhere else. That's thanks to the founder's background: on a sabbatical from her freelance aesthetics career, Sherri Ziesche found herself in salons and apothecaries the world over. Inspired by their unfamiliar approaches, she brought back ideas—and products—with which to start her own salon. The result is an all-encompassing aesthetics mecca that lines its retail shelves with finds from around the globe.
Housed in a former bank, Ziesche kept the place's hefty steel door, opting to fill the vault not with cash but with waxing pros who carefully banish hair from brows, lips, and bikini zones. Upstairs, tanning services of both the spray and UV variety grant clients with sun-kissed hues. And of course, there's the salon, which takes full advantage of the style experiences and souvenirs Ziesche brought back from her travels—including a blowout that Modern Luxury called "washboard-straight."