Eyebrow Threading in The Haight

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491 Castro St
San Francisco,
CA
US

What makes it great: custom European-style facial; massage of the face, neck, arms, and scalp; pore-clearing gel peel with salicylic and mandelic acid; especially useful for sensitive skin and rosacea

3384 Sacramento St
San Francisco,
CA
US

The aestheticians at Jun's Beauty Salon may be known for their threading services?which they swear are both quick and painless?but their facials are a good excuse to hang around the spa a bit longer. Even the salon's most basic facial is ultra-pampering, featuring a massage of the face and upper body, and the deep-pore cleansing facial includes a collagen mask and enzyme peel. Lash artists use high quality, non-sensitive glue, and mink lashes that mimic human hair to accentuate eyes and enhance faces. There's also a hair salon onsite, where stylists specialize in advanced services such as ombre color, Japanese straightening treatments, and Brazilian blowouts, and the salon's spinny chairs specialize in advanced moves such as quadruple salchows.

1373 7th Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

Barber Poles: An Iconic Symbol with Grim Origins

Outside old-fashioned barbershops spins the familiar red, white, and blue stripes of the barber?s pole. Join Groupon as we shave off the history surrounding the pole?s origins.

For many, an old-fashioned barber shop is filled with nostalgia, taking them back to decades when gentlemen spent a few minutes every day getting their sideburns shaped and stubble shaved. But the iconic spiraling sign outside harkens back to an even older time when Europeans spent their time getting their skin slashed. In the Middle Ages, barbers also functioned as surgeons, performing such pseudo-medical tasks as bloodletting. That practice?which involved cutting patients? arms to counteract the imbalance of blood in their body?was as popular as it was misguided and gruesome, and barbers were one of the few professions up to the task. After the patient had bled (and fainted), the barber would wash the bandages and hang them to dry on a wooden post outside. The poles were often painted red to hide the bloodstains, and the wind twisted the bandages around it, forming a red-and-white spiral that doubled as an advertisement for anyone else in need of a bloodletting?or a shave and a haircut.

By the year 1540, the barber?s pole became an official symbol designating a member of the United Barber-Surgeons Company in England. However, it was medical surgeons who had red-and-white poles?barbers substituted blue instead of red. Eventually, barbers gave up bloodletting but retained their spinning sign and, at least in the United States, gained another color in return. Most poles in America today sport red, white, and blue?a reflection of the nation?s flag, which itself represents George Washington?s favorite Skittles.

1239A 9th Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

1731 Buchanan St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Beauty—if not carefully tended, trimmed, and bugproofed—can become so muddled and befuddled that it is barely visible to the naked or turtlenecked eye. Today's Groupon brings clarity to your beauty with $60 worth of waxing, facials, threading, and peels at Lucid Beauty for $25.

427 Hayes St
San Francisco,
CA
US