Curl Up and Dye—As if the name of the salon weren't edgy enough! Now rock ‘n roll-leaning gals have a cool place to get a fun dye job along with an equally cool haircut. The experience here is fun and casual, and it's a great place to get some crazy colors for year-round spunk! Hot tip: Curly haired ladies should ask for Ally. 3150 18th Street (between Treat Avenue and Folsom Street); 415-861-2515.
De Pietro Todd—Looking some balayage to go with that cut? Spruce up your hair at De Pietro Todd's salon, where you can get a fancy cut, color, texture, and treatment in the hands of some insanely experienced people, (they even have an academy within the salon!) and with every color job there's a complimentary blow-dry! How sweet is that? 177 Post Street #200 (between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street); 415-397-0177.
Dekko Salon—This secret spot in Potrero has clients flying in from New York, Miami, and Hawaii to be in the hands of the Dekko hair specialists. Not only can the stylists cut and color your hair to perfection, but they've got two specialists in thermal reconditioning (unique with Japanese soy extracts) and sexy Brazilian blowouts! 1325 Indiana Street #101 (between 23rd and 25th streets); 415-285-8848.
TNails —For a cozy and quiet place for a pedicure, hit up Tammy Quang! She lets you relax at her place with complimentary tea, water, sangria, music and magazines, as she takes care of you (and just you!) A peaceful private environment with a friendly person doing your nails? What more can you ask for? 3212 Fillmore Street (between Greenwich and Moulton streets); 415-987-1678.
Vanity Beauty Lounge—If you're scouting out a place for a mani/pedi but are too paranoid about sanitation, you must get to Vanity Beauty Lounge. This place specifically prides itself on how sanitized it is, and goes above and beyond what is required of the Cosmetology board. Not only that, it also offers an awesome array of soothing soy milk, pure pomegranate, and luxurious lavender and vanilla candle pedicures. The candle from the luxurious lavender pedicure even turns into a lotion, which is later used for hands and feet! We're feeling a clean and relaxing mani/pedi, are you? 3 Embarcadero Center 2nd Floor (between Davis and Drumm streets); 415-362-2242.
Brown Sugar—This consistently raved-about spot is where SF girls go to get that bronzy summer glow, without looking like the cast of Jersey Shore. Said to make certain women "believers in spray tanning again," Brown Sugar uses natural products like vitamin E, alpha hydroxy acids, aloe vera, and collagen amino acids in the spray for extra benefits. 1996 Union Street #205 (between Buchanan and Laguna streets); 415-346-3680.
Dimitra's Skin Care—Those of you with acne-prone skin, there is still hope! Skincare and medi-spa Dimitra's got you covered. Their services, just to name a few, vary from acne facials, lazer hair removal, glycolic exfoliations and peels, body therapies, electrolysis, and even makeup application (including lessons). 324 West Portal Avenue (between 14th and 15th Avenues); 415-731-8080.
Oil and Water Facials—This hot spot in SoMa has a dozen signature facials, including the lunch-time facial (a 45-minute quickie), the Eminence Organic facial with organically-grown fruits like wild cherry and pumpkin-orange (mmm), and the Optimizer facial (said to make you look 10 years younger!). 290 Division Street #301 (between Potrero Avenue and 10th Street); 415-255-2095.
Sarah Becker—If you're looking for a more private and quiet venue for a facial, then get yourself down to Sarah Becker's place! This one-woman-wonder has gotten clients addicted to her facials, back treatments, and hand and arm exfoliations. The best part about this place? She customizes the facial just for you! So you don't have to force yourself to pick something "almost" perfect for your skin. 3212 Fillmore Street (between Greenwich and Moulton streets); 415-447-6159.
Sofia Skin Care and Electrolysis—Hankering to get rid of those unappealing hairs off your body for under $100? Sophia Skincare is the place to be! Not only does this spot give you cheap (and thorough) hair removal, it also offers a series of diamond microdermabrasions (for face and body), vitaderm microcurrent face lifts, and sweet facials and peels. There are even 6-12 session packages for you serious electrolysis and microdermabrasion junkies. 3548 22nd Street (between Dolores and Church streets); 415-824-2125.
Burke Williams—Burke Williams spa not only carries almost every type of massage and spa treatment out there, it also has super-unique mustard detox baths, nourishing facials, and even chiropractic services. Special offers apply to Crunch members, Westfield VIP passport holders, brides, and conventioneers. Just call and ask about the special discounts. 845 Market Street Level 5 (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-694-7980.
International Orange—This spa, yoga, and lounge trio has a plethora of spa treatments and massages varying from four-handed (two practitioners at once), hot-stone therapy, IO Oganic fusion massage, (including Thai yoga stretches for deep release) and many more. An extra bonus for you pregnant ladies, they have special mom-to-be massages and packages, too. 2044 Fillmore Street (between Pine and California streets); 415-563-5000.
Waxing & Brows
Benefit Brow Bar—Tame those furry bits above your eyes by heading down to the one of the best Benefit Brow Bars in the city! There you will find ladies who will wax, tint, tweeze (whatever it takes, really) to make your arches look foxy without having to pay an insane salon price. Macy's, 170 O'Farrell Street (between Powell and Stockton streets); 415-296-4479.
Habit—Apart from using both hard and strip wax, Habit boasts also offers a body sugaring service. It's less painful and way more accepting to those awkward in-between waxed phases so you don't have to wait until your next hair removal appointment. This method keeps your in-grown prone areas silky smooth for the summer, too. 3212 Fillmore Street (between Moulton and Greenwich streets); 415-931-3165.