Highly functional hands are what separate man from the animals, giving humans an evolutionary edge with opposable thumbs and the ability to tell stories through shadow puppetry. Pamper built-in narrators with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a Diva House mani-pedi package with a peppermint mask, an oatmeal scrub, and a complimentary glass of wine at Diva Nail Lounge (an $80 value).
An eco-minded salon, Diva Nail Lounge gives hands and feet a stellar glow in an environmentally friendly fashion with a slew of natural products. Nail artists begin the Diva House mani-pedi pamperfest with a citrus-scented bath, soaking appendages until they're soft enough to make a dry-cleaned chinchilla jealous. After trimming and shaping nails, the shop's beauty experts groom unruly cuticles and duly evict light calluses from overworked feet. An exfoliating oatmeal scrub frees appendages from dry, crackly patches, and a peppermint mask hydrates, soothes, and energizes skin. With an aromatic boost from seasonal lotions, a massage relieves tension in both the hands and the feet, readying them for work, errands, or intense games of kick the can. Following the service, guests can relax and sip a complimentary glass of wine while admiring phalanges newly decked out with eco-friendly nail polish.
Diva Nail Lounge
If you walked into Diva Nail Lounge with a blindfold on, your nose might mistake the salon for a farmers market. The scents of mint, papaya, chocolate, and avocado drift through the space, wafting from natural scrubs and masks. Feet steep in milk baths dappled with rose petals and slices of citrus fruits, and lavender and rose essential oils condition cuticles. Technicians aren't employing the organic ingredients for their aromas alone—they choose them for their nourishing properties, such as antioxidants that combat aging and proteins that hydrate the skin.
The technicians' devotion to earth-friendly formulas is matched by their commitment to hygiene. The salon doesn't stock spa chairs because of sanitary concerns, and the staff throws away disposable tools after a single use. For example, during each Diva house treatment, techs buff calluses with a new pumice stone. To preserve more durable utensils, they sterilize their surfaces with hospital-grade treatments.
The menu covers luxurious mani-pedi services and add-ons that range from paraffin dips to peppermint clay masks. Treatments typically culminate in vibrant coats of nail polish, including the hues of SpaRitual nail lacquer—shades that avoid synthetic dyes in favor of all-natural colors harvested from the inside of kaleidoscopes.
2057 Market St.
San Francisco, California 94114