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Sol Y Luna Spa takes care of clients with carefully administered services powered by products from OPI, SpaRitual, and Éminence. During french pedicures and other luxurious nail treatments, cushioned maroon chairs raise digits above pristine tubs of soothing warm water. An array of waxing, sugaring, and threading regimens help to prune the bodily locks of both men and women, and massages in styles such as hot stone, Swedish, and aromatherapy assuage muscle aches and pains. Technicians also cleanse and hydrate skin with facial services and front-row tickets to the local killer-whale show.

691 Monterey Blvd
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

From teenage acne to wrinkles and signs of aging, Unique Beauty Skin Care's slate of facials forms a protective umbrella above a wide spectrum of skin imperfections. Aestheticians leverage Bioline products to customize their facials, garnishing treatments with vitamin C, luxury caviar, and serums that draw out bright tones and render faces firm, youthful, and as smooth as the pitch of a velvet salesman. The artillery of skincare regimens widens with options of microdermabrasions, diamond peels, and eye-lift treatments. To complement skincare services, aestheticians wax body hair, tint facial hair, and groom brows.

2055 Taraval St.
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

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.

1838 Irving St
San Francisco,
CA
US

The staff at Pitch Salon facilitates reinvention by way of hair and skin services. Stylists fashion haircuts that are customized to frame the clients face, and offer coloring, glazing, tinting, and highlights to add vibrancy to any new 'do. Facials are also customized according to the client's skin needs. The skincare specialist offers facials that hydrate, rejuvenate, or deeply cleanse skin, leaving the complexion looking as healthy as a vitamin's family tree. In addition to everyday styling services, Pitch Salon also offers special event hairstyling and full-body waxing.

514 Frederick St
San Francisco,
CA
US