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SF's Master of Up 'Dos

It’s high season for cultural events around town, and that means hair stylists skilled in special-occasion hair are in serious demand. I recently went looking for an expert who could pull off the quick-fire task of giving me some innovative up ‘dos—spurred by a recent flurry of post-work weeknight galas. Here are a couple of gorgeous styles whipped up by Cinta Salon’s Ernie Meneses, a Tinseltown-native and recent SF transplant, who has been in the hair biz for more than eight years. After my first visit with Ernie, I quickly realized I’d never have to worry about ending up with the dreaded over-curled and shellacked “bridesmaid” hair.

SF Fashion and Beauty events


Courtesy of Fresh.com


What: Fresh Mini-Facial Event

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 10

Where: Fresh boutique, 301 Sutter St., 415-248-0210

Why: Come meet the ebullient local Fresh boutique team and Fresh’s cofounder, Alina Roytberg, who will be in town demonstrating color application. Bonus: complimentary champagne, makeovers and mini-facials.


Courtesy of Spa Week 2008

SF Style Events

Our editors’ picks for happenings around town—starting tonight.


Image Courtesy of 440 Brannan Studio/Showroom

What: Local Designer Showcase
Where: 440 Brannan Studio/Showroom, 440 Brannan St.
When: Tonight, July 17, 6-11 p.m.
Why: Complimentary cocktails and 20% all items by local designers Gr Dano, Saffron Rare Threads, Sara Shepherd, Verrieres & Sako, Distilled and Hieros.


What: Murad Skincare Seminar
When: Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In Good Hands

Friends and co-workers are always asking me for tips on where to go for the best beauty services around town, from waxing and facials to manis and pedis, and I’m always happy to offer up the fruits of my daily research. With summer here, and plenty of San Franciscans trading in their boots for open toed options, we’ll tackle the basics of nail care. There’s a nail shop around every corner in this city, but how do you know if these places are any good? After all, a mani-pedi seems so harmless—a little cuticle nipping here, a coat of polish there. How dangerous could it really be?

Visage Studio


Courtesy of Deborah Mills Thackrey

With all the beauty products that come flying across my desk begging to be tested, it’s no surprise that every now and again I have the dreaded complexion freak-out. Yes, I’ve been forewarned by nearly every aesthetician I’ve seen since I started writing about beauty to stop with the adventuresome product hopping. But alas, my love of the challenge (say, finding that do-it-all serum or the gentlest of alpha hydroxy acid face scrubs) has left me willing to swallow the hazards of the job.

Crème de le Crème


Photography by Paul Razo

My idea of a perfect weekday morning: a leisurely breakfast while reading the paper at Myth Café (large coffee and a fat slice of banana “monkey” bread, please) followed by a decadent hours-long mani-pedi at the nearby Le Crème in Jackson Square. The reality? Me, hopping out of a cab, slightly waterlogged from the drizzle to scope out the spa and squeeze in a treatment before rushing back to the office for a meeting.
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