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Published Thursday May 16, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Our Go-To Bay Area Beauty Guide

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The Bay Area has a serious beauty scene. But somewhere between blowouts and brow waxes, it can be hard to keep up with the best places to get your self-care on, especially if you’re on the hunt for a new go-to spot. And trust us, nothing is worse than a bad manicure. 

Check out these four beauty businesses and treatments next time you’re looking for a trustworthy (and simply fabulous) appointment.  

 

FACIAL

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Pretty Parlor 
483 Guerrero Street, San Francisco 
Holistic hair and skin care 
A collective of experienced skincare, hair, and waxing gurus, Pretty Parlor offers an array of effective and natural beauty services. When it’s time to treat yourself, book The Cadillac. This facial is all about relaxation—with a capital R. You’ll start with sparkling wine or herbal tea and get an hour of relaxation featuring skin analysis, lifting massage, nourishing serums, and more. 

 

NAILS 

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Rock and Polish
127 2nd Street, Oakland
Manicures and pedicures 
Offering a variety of nail services, get pampered and primped at this cute and quaint loft-style salon in Oakland. If you’re looking to give your nails a break, Rock and Polish’s Gel Rehab Manicure is all about strengthening, hydration and nourishment. Because we all know what it feels like after you get gel manicures. The technicians will leave your nails feeling restored and brand new, no polish required!  

 

HAIR 

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Cloak and Dagger 
372 Ritch Street, San Francisco
Fierce hairstyles + color 
When it comes to hair in SF, Cloak and Dagger is a hidden gem. Located in a SoMa art studio, this not-so-secret salon will easily up your hair game. Whether you want a new look or tapping into the latest trend, Cloak and Dagger pro-stylist will leave you looking fresh. 


MASSAGE

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The Fix Berkley
3362 Adeline Street, Berkley 
Urban spa + wellness center 
Nestled in the heart of South Berkley, this oasis is a co-op between skin and body experts. Offering everything from facials with crystals to waxing, their massages are all about relieving stress and reducing pain. The Full Fix Massage is a must-book aromatherapy massage experience. Not only will you feel good, but this massage can also help reduce anxiety, increase circulation, and boost energy at the hands of the best therapists around.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.