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San Francisco's Best Beauty & Wellness Deals, Ranked by Customers

BY: Editors | Feb 11, 2015

Every day, Groupon helps its customers live their best lives. Whether you want to go to a spa for a few hours’ rest and relaxation or head to a salon to tweak your appearance, you can find a local business on Groupon to make that experience happen. Groupon has hundreds of beauty deals, ranging from scientifically advanced med spas with a roster of rejuvenating lasers to no-frills salons with stylists who can fashion makeovers with just a pair of scissors.

After our customers redeem their Groupons, they vote on the quality of the service. From that data, we compiled a list of their favorite businesses for beauty and wellness deals. Below are their five favorites, ranked by customer satisfaction:

Stript Wax Bar

stript wax bar

Recommended by 95% of customers

What our customers say: "Wine, champagne, and candy offered when you arrive made me feel right at home." – Beth A. | "Friendly professional staff, top quality waxing, and they provide Gigi numbing spray, which is a definite plus." – Suk Yee H. | "Yesenia was fast, thorough, and virtually painless!" – Mary B.

What our editors say: With Stript Wax Bar, the founding aesthetician fulfilled her vision of a boutique dedicated to the art of waxing. Technicians use their expertise and a proprietary line of hard wax to make the hair-removal process as effective and painless as possible. Their efforts have been praised in nationwide media such as Vogue magazine and Allure magazine.

Simply Green Day Spa

simply green day spa

Recommended by 94% of customers

What our customers say: "Great place, friendly staff, amazing products." – Allyson G. | "Grand Ave. is a great place to people-watch as you sit there and get your pedicure. Cindy is very gracious and gives a good facial." – Catalina G. | "Charlotte is an amazing aesthetician! She is warm and professional and will make your skin glow!" – Susan M.

What our editors say: You know you're in for an environmentally friendly spa experience when you walk into a lobby decorated with earth tones, sage-colored armchairs, orchids, and a softly trickling fountain. Indeed, natural skincare treatments incorporate fruit-derived antioxidants and organic products, while mani-pedis make use of nontoxic nail polishes from SpaRitual and Butter London.

Cinta Aveda Institute

cinta aveda institute

Recommended by 93% of customers

What our customers say: "Make an appointment and go in relaxed. They are great!" – Vanessa G. | "The staff is very friendly, enjoyed services there! Great prices, great experience!" – Connie | "Wonderful opportunity to get top-notch services from supervised trainees using Aveda products. Highly recommend!" – Barbara M.

What our editors say: Veteran cosmetologists train students in all manner of beautification—haircuts, coloring, facial, makeup applications—by guiding them through hands-on interactions with real clients. Pupils also take care to become eco-conscious by wielding Aveda's all-natural products, which are packaged in containers made from recycled materials.

Archimedes Banya SF

archimedes banya sf

Recommended by 92% of customers

What our customers say: "Great staff, great food, great relaxation, great fun!" – Maurice K. | "Be sure to have enough time, I went for six hours and still could've stayed longer. Love the rooftop deck for [the] sunset! The eucalyptus bundles are worth it." – Katie M. | "Great place, clean, comfortable, with a bit of Russian-style grit that feels different than kabuki." – Rob S.

What our editors say: Mikhail Brodsky could definitely be considered a banya enthusiast. Not long after his first experience, he began traveling the world to study baths and hot springs, collecting the best practices from Russian, Greek, Turkish, and German bathhouses. These have been incorporated into his own bathhouse, which features multiple themed floors, private spa rooms, a rooftop patio with Bay views, and a bar and dining area.

The I Spa at the InterContinental Hotel

i spa at the intercontinental hotel

Recommended by 92% of customers

What our customers say: "John is amazing!" – Yuri | "I highly recommend requesting Arlyn for Swedish massage and [giving] yourself enough time to use all [of] the facility!" – Ellen W. | "Be sure to go early so that you can take use of the hotel's wonderful amenities!" – Raina W.

What our editors say: The scents of eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood linger in this spa, where clients can customize their own relaxing fragrances. Actually, customization can be found throughout the spa's services, whether the staff is catering to specific needs by drawing from 10 massage modalities or performing a skin analysis that will tell them which products to use in a facial.