Here’s where we recommend going to get your wellness on.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.