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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:

What’s the Deal: Union Street Sidewalk Sale, aha yoga, Napoleon Perdis + more

Sometimes, you just gotta deal...

Union Street Sidewalk Sale: Starting today and continuing on through Sunday, over 100 boutiques and shops along Cow Hollow’s Union Street and Fillmore Street main shopping drags will be taking it outdoors with individual sales offering up to 80 percent off current merchandise. Stop by for deals from participating shops, including Ambiance, Marmalade, Lululemon, The Blues Jeans Bar, My Boudoir Lingerie and others.

aha yoga: 7x7 readers can save on a brand new set of summer workshops from the Cow Hollow yoga studio. Mention 7x7 to attend the Breathflow Transformational Breathing Intro Workshop on Aug. 7 ($49, reg. $60), the accompanying day-long Transitional Retreat ($95, reg. $115) on Aug. 8 or both events at a discount ($120, reg. $144). To register, call 415-440-9642.

Beauty junkies: get dolled up at Makeup Gourmet on Friday

Beauty junkies, you can end the week with a much-needed fix on Friday, thanks to an opening bash taking place at SoMa’s Makeup Gourmet studio.

The new space is the first studio location from beauty industry veteran Chris Scott, whose previous credits include hosting the Makeup Gourmet cable TV show, a decade running San Francisco’s Theatre Forte and years as a national makeup artist for Chanel.

How Far Will Christopher Collins go on Project Runway?

In the run-up to the premiere of Project Runway Season 8 next week, many San Francisco fashion fans are wondering just how far local designer Christopher Collins will go on the reality show.

By the looks of things, pretty far. Friend and business partner Erica Tanamachi, the creative director for the Christopher Collins label, says she hasn’t heard a peep from Collins since he departed for New York on June 12.

What’s the Deal: Levi’s, Jimmyjane, Self Edge + More

What's your deal? Here are ours:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Starting today, sale prices are in effect on both men’s and women’s apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories. The sale runs through Aug. 2.

Jimmyjane: The local company’s upscale, design-oriented pleasure products, including toys such as limited edition platinum and gold vibrators, are on sale through July 21 for up to 50 percent off or more.

My Boudoir Lingerie
: Stop by during the Cow Hollow boutique’s Bikes and Boudoir happy hour event today for 25 percent off all lingerie.

Self Edge: The San Francisco store will be offering 15 percent off all merchandise on Saturday and Sunday.

A T-shirt company takes on BP

Starting tomorrow, an activist t-shirt brand will do its best to, er, drum up some attention in Dolores Park by asking passersby to sign an oil barrel with messages that will be delivered to BP at the end of the month.

Dubbed the Bang the Drum tour, the campaign from United We Fit, whose signature t-shirts for men and women include the letters “UN” and blank space for the wearer to fill in with words of his or her choice, aims to raise continued awareness about the oil spill and send a message from consumers to BP.

Print, Shop at 2-Month Levi’s Workshop on Valencia

There’s a new, temporary space in the Mission giving the creative and fashion-minded a place to make their mark. Now open on Valencia St., the first Levi’s Workshop is one-part old-fashioned print shop, one-part community hub and one-part retail shop showcasing a limited selection of the brand’s Work Wear and Boyfriend collections.

Set in an expansive, white-walled space outfitted with various printing presses, activity tables, a lounge area and a small pop-up display of Levi’s apparel, the workshop is the first in a series of outposts organized around certain crafts. The next will open this fall in New York and focus on photography.

What’s the Deal: Dekkori, Nasty Gal, Collective/Taxi CDC...

What's your deal? Here are ours:

Dekkori: Through July 18, the maker of shoe accessories from pull-on leather boots to strappy ankle wrappers is offering 30 percent off with the discount code SUMMER10 at checkout.

Pregs? 3 Ways to Save on Maternity Clothing in San Francisco

If you find yourself in the family way, then you’re soon going to need clothes that will cover – and we hope flatter – your new bump. Dropping loads of cash on new maternity clothing that you’ll only wear for a few months is hardly your only option. Here are three suggestions to help you meet your wardrobe needs without depleting your cash reserves (meaning you’ll have more to spend on ice cream and prenatal massages).

For Instant Summer Concert Hair, Try Feather Extensions

A new way to add a little bohemian to an otherwise chic ‘do came to our attention recently from Milvali Salon. Co-owner Deb Monti’s new feather extensions seem made for summer concerts, blowing in the wind on road trips and lazing around in Dolores Park on sunny afternoons. Even better, they’re relatively inexpensive ($20 and up), temporary and work in long and short hair.

Each natural hair extension has an individual feather affixed to the bottom and is braided and attached to your real hair using a small bead like a regular hair extension would be (no glue, heat or weaving is involved in the process). They last eight to 10 weeks and can be washed right along with your regular hair.

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