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HEALTH & WELLNESS SPARKLE ©COURTESY URBAN DAY SPA their flawless half-moon designs. Champagne is on the house. 415-255-4589, luxsf.net Sparkle San Francisco MISSION techniques to help ease the pain. 415-379-9960, bbwax.me 1193 VALENCIA ST. Silk Day Spa PACIFIC HEIGHTS 1425 FRANKLIN ST. This is not your typical pedicure. It starts with your feet soaking in a bath of warm soymilk, almond, and honey. Silk has been lauded as San Francisco’s best nail salon by many publications (including Lucky, InStyle, and Allure) and uses hammered-copper bowls specially designed for soaking. 415-885-3277, silksf.com If you like nail art, you’ve come to the right spot. Sparkle is a collective of independent nail artists convened in one crisp, sleek salon and dedicated to letting your imagination run wild with nail designs. sparklesanfrancisco.com Blink Eyebrows And Cosmetics UNION SQUARE 166 GEARY ST., STE. 1305 Sydney Nail Spa COW HOLLOW 2758 OCTAVIA ST. Sophia’s Beauty Lounge MISSION 3420 CESAR CHAVEZ ST. The Mission is known to be a bit of a beauty desert, but Sophia’s Beauty Lounge is a bright, poppy oasis. Its fire-engine-red walls, funky floral chairs, and friendly staff make you feel as if you’ve entered your chicest friend’s personal salon. 415-285-9777, sophiabeautylounge .com Find a buddy and settle into this little Cow Hollow salon for a bit. It’s got bottomless mimosas on tap to keep you nice and relaxed, and its staff are well versed in the art of shellac, including quick and easy removal. 415-928-1268, sydneynail spa.com This sleek salon has inspired a cultlike following for its meticulous brow “design.” Why design? There’s no wax involved. Each appointment begins with a thorough consulta-tion, and first-timers are given a long-term plan for restoring uneven and thinned-out brows. The shaping pros at Blink rely solely on plucking and threading to achieve a more precise effect, and a single appointment can run 45 minutes. Rather than cookie-cutter brows, Blink’s shapers groom naturally face flattering arches (from $45). 415-399-0789; blinksf.com tailored to the client’s particular concerns, from combating weather damage and aging to minimizing discoloration and breakouts (from $110). Though the in-house line of products is botanicals-based, the spa also off ers high-tech add-ons like laser genesis. (Products by Jan Marini, Obagi, and J. Sabatelli are incorporated as needed.) Each 70-minute session is capped by a shoulder, neck, hand, and foot massage. 415-885-6192, derma plussf.com Glamour Puss COW HOLLOW 2250 UNION ST. WAXING SALONS Best Brazilian Wax FINANCIAL DISTRICT Dermaplus Skin + Body COW HOLLOW 520 MONTGOMERY ST. Waxing is never fun. So it’s nice when a salon has some calming effects around to cool your nerves, like a gently trickling waterfall and soothing music, both of which Best Brazilian supplies. Its technicians also work you through some breathing 1728 UNION ST., STE 200 Unlike over-the-top facialists touting gimmicky ingredients (gold leaf ? caviar?), Dermaplus’s unfailingly professional aestheti-cians are known for results-orient-edskincare. At the small but spotless medspa, each facial is Waxing is an awkward experience, but cheeky aesthetician Sara Holmes will put you at ease. She’s been cleaning up clients for more than a decade, earning a reputation for being gentle and efficient. Her tiny salon offers head-to-toe threading, waxing, and sugaring services for both women and men ($36 for bikini waxing or sugaring). Though longer lasting, sugaring can be more painful, depending on your hair type—but Holmes’s expert technique makes the process palatable. 415-678-7952, threadsug arwax.com 154 | Cityguide 2017

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