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Five Cold Weather Skin Solutions From Bay Area Brands

Winter has arrived. And though San Francisco winters are moderate, and usually warmer than SF summers, skin could benefit from some special attention after a brisk commute home. Upping moisturizer and lathering lip balm are quick solutions, but several Bay Area companies boast divine dry skin products.

Tom Ford Beauty's Top San Francisco Sellers

Tom Ford world domination. That's the way I see it. Fashion rejoiced when the designer remerged with a women's ready-to-wear collection, while his menswear and sunglasses had already been brewing success. Then, there was a bold line of scents. And now, Mr.Ford continues to seed his provocative brand with an extension into the most feminine segment of all: Beauty.

Hanz De Fuko: Your Sexy Hair Expert

Hanz De Fuko hair product

“Today’s man is more discerning than ever, his lifestyle is his own and his style should always make its mark.” Motivational man speak by David Alfonso, the creator of hair product line Hanz de Fuko. At a time when male grooming is booming in SF and beards are aplenty, Hanz de Fuko was ahead of the game with the launch of sexy, 100% organic styling solutions five years ago.

Triple Threat: Yoga, Steam & Spa at International Orange

A mainstay on the chichi stretch of Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for the past 9 years, International Orange still has the same allure as it did when it first opened. It's an urban oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood and offers two types of yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, peels, and waxing. If you haven't been already, it's about time you go check it out.

Drybar: Babes, Blowouts, and Bubbles

"Oh my god, I have babe hair!" Was what my freshly coiffed neighbor exclaimed when she experienced her Drybar reveal. Prepare yourself for fast ultra-girlie times at Fillmore's newest bar: Drybar, a blow dry bar. Combining the a la carte style of a bar bar, with a luxurious salon-style blowout, you'll be tickled yellow after your reveal, too.

StyleSeat: A Social Network For The Beauty and Wellness Industries

There is an abundance of services in San Francisco: restaurants, music venues, bike shops, bars, boutiques, dry cleaners, Starbucks. Such is big city life. But there are also tons of hair salons and exercise studios. When seeking a new look, or workout, I turn to referrals. That is, my social network of the fabulously coiffed and fit. Enter StyleSeat.

Girls Getaway: Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend

Sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls. So, tell the boyfriend to go climb something while you make your way to the Hyatt Regency at Incline Village—it's the only north shore resort right on the water (hello, unbeatable views).

Back by popular demand (last year's attendees are still raving), the all-inclusive getaway combines the best of health, wellness, and beauty in the form of fitness classes (think pilates and belly dancing), skincare presentations by experts in the field (think consultant to the A-list Marilyn Jaeger), and plenty of spa treatments to go around (everyone gets $100 spa credits).

The Best Brazilians for the Truly Fearless

Last week on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, reality star Kyle Richards got her first Brazilian wax on national television. Richards spread her legs and told her waxer, "I was thinking a Dorothy Hamill. I don't want the Telly Savalas!"

Regardless of which side you stand on, the question of waxing has always been the case for heated discussion, as evidenced in our Great Waxing Debate last week.

Whether you're one to bare it all or more of the "landing strip" type, you shouldn't drop your knickers for just anyone. So if you are going to take the plunge, here's our guide to the best Brazilians in SF.

New Hair for the New Year

Split ends are so last year. Say hello to 2011 with a new look from SF's hip new salon, Jonvey

Co-owners Cameron Hinke and Kao Vey Saephanh go head-to-head as the only stylists at this Financial District salon, so you know you're getting the best service with every cut. Collectively, they have 20 years of experience from top salons in NYC and SF, and top brands including Matrix and Sebastian.  

The Quest for a Cheap Haircut

When your locks need love for a whole lot less, try one of these tactics for scoring a haircut on the cheap:

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