Black & White Ball Beauty: 7 Places to Prep for the Big Event


What many consider San Francisco’s party of the year is right around the corner. You’ve got the dress, the shoes, the earrings, the perfect clutch and tickets to next weekend’s Black & White Ball, featuring performances by headliners Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. But what about the finishing touches? Try one of these local destinations for special occasion hair help, makeup and beauty treatments.

Joseph Cozza Salon: Ladies seeking a flawless finish head here before stepping out to indulge in airbrush makeup applications and pre-event pick-me-ups such as the $60 mini-facial and eye treatment. 

Blow: When all you need is a wash and pro dry job to perfect your look, this styling-only hair go-to doles out basic blow-dryer magic at relatively affordable prices. Quickie 15-minute touchups start at $20, while regular blowouts are $30 and up, based on hair length and texture.

Lashes by Liv: For peepers that need extra pop before a special event, many a local lash-seeker has been known to head to the Cow Hollow studio of Olivia Contreras for eyelash extensions and fills.

Brown Sugar: Revelers dying to go beyond the pale will find airbrush tanning services at this Union Street spot. For dramatic changes, try the $75 Double Whammy, which combines an initial application with a follow-up application the next day. Can’t make it in? They’ll come to you for $100 a session.

Mani-Pedi: Mani-pedi spots in the City abound, but a few of our favorites are Lush Life in Cow Hollow and ZaZa Nail Spa and Cocoon Urban Day Spa, both in SoMa, for their variety of services, comfy environs and reasonable prices.

Barber Lounge
: Sure, guys get impeccably groomed at this SoMa space, but there’s no need for ladies to feel left out. Both sexes can indulge in skincare, nail services, makeup applications and special occasion hairstyling under one roof.

Atelier Emmanuel: Best-known for its sought-after color and cuts, this Union Square salon also attracts the social set with its blow dry, styling and updos. Want to pile those locks high? Services start at $75.

The Black & White Ball takes place Sat., May 22, at Davies Symphony Hall.

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