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Where to Get a (Good) Bikini Wax in San Francisco

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The official-official start to summer is almost here (June 21st lest you forget). In San Francisco that means cone after cone of drippy Humphry Slocombe Secret Breakfast ice cream, toasty cardis layered over hopeful sundresses, and countless weekends of festival-hopping. But, alas, it also means—cue scary music—the time for the so-not-fun bikini wax has arrived.

Most of us dread landscaping our nether regions—but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. And let's be real, the Coppola pool is not exactly kind to the unwaxed. Ergo, this helpful guide/map to SF's best spots for bikini waxing; salons are listed alphabetically. Now just groom and bear it.

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1. Habit

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3212 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-3165
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This hidden waxing secret in Cow Hollow —look for red door in the recessed entryway— Habit claims to be the "first wax-only establishment" in San Francisco. Once inside, they'll hook you up with an adult beverage to take the edge off your perfect wax. $35 for bikini. $60 for Brazilian and $45 for bikini sugar. [Photo]

2. Glamour Puss

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2040 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 678-7952
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Another hidden gem nestled on the top floor of a Cow Hollow house-turned-retail center, Glamour Puss offers both bikini waxing and sugaring. If you're curious about sugaring, schedule an appointment with owner Sarah Holmes; you won't regret it. $36-$40 for bikini, $65 for Brazilian.

3. dermaplus skin + body

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1728 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 885-6192
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Andrea at Dermaplus is both a great waxer and a great conversationalist. (And doesn't that speed the process along?) It's easy to miss this second-floor spa, but the budget-friendly bikini waxes are well worth hunting for. $25 for bikini, $50 for Brazilian.

4. Stript Wax Bar

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439 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA
Stript has the FiDi crowd covered (or uncovered, as the case may be). Estheticians use a combination of hard and soft wax to leave you baby smooth and beach ready. A pre-treatment glass of bubbly, ain't bad, either. $30 for simple bikini. $60 for Brazilian. There are also locations in Noe Valley and Pacifica.

5. Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

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1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 345-2888
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If you're already enjoying a day of pampering at the Nob Hill Spa, why not get a little cleanup before taking in gorgeous views of the city from the infinity pool? $75 for a bikini wax. A splurge maybe, but it's worth it.

6. Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

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181 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(877) 862-5477
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Bliss is a reliable choice for spa treatments, no matter where you travel. The San Francisco staff will happily set you up with one of the chain's signature treatments: The Brazilian, the bikini, or the betweeny. $35 for bikini, $75 for Brazilian.[Photo]

7. Victoria's Nail Studio

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3934 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-5315
If you want an expert wax at a decent price, go to this Inner Richmond nail salon. You won’t get the fancy spa extras you expect from Union Square salons, but you can treat yourself to a cheap bottle of champers with the money you saved. Bonus: Fans claim that Dao’s $40 Brazilians are painless. [Photo]

8. Pretty Parlor

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3150 18th St, #109
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 556-2883
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You live in the Mission, and socialize in the Mission: Why should you have to leave the Mission to get waxed? Enter Pretty Parlor, an adorable salon with estheticians who will keep your nether regions looking nice. $30 for basic bikini, $65 for Brazilian.

9. La Tira Wax Studio

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1301 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 830-2469
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There's no need to leave the office early, thanks to La Tira's extended weekday hours. Monday through Thursday, this hair removal salon is open until 9pm. And it's not just the convenience that's appealing: They also do a fantastic wax. $25 for bikini line, $60 for Brazilian.

10. Cocoon Bare

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2435 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 655-3267
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The little sister to the full-service Cocoon Urban Day Spa, this go-to salon is all about the wax. Relax and wax is its motto, and every bikini wax comes with a complimentary no-scream-cream topical anesthetic (hallelujah!). Bikini waxes go for $30 and Brazilians are $60. There's also a Rockridge location.[Photo]

11. Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio

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3384 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
Many consider namesake owner Marilyn Jaeger the bikini-wax whisperer. She's known for her special, secret technique designed to be as painless as possible—and done in lightening speed. All the estheticians employ it and give top wax jobs. The signature Brazilian is $63 and a regular bikini wax is $35. [Photo]

1. Habit

3212 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
This hidden waxing secret in Cow Hollow —look for red door in the recessed entryway— Habit claims to be the "first wax-only establishment" in San Francisco. Once inside, they'll hook you up with an adult beverage to take the edge off your perfect wax. $35 for bikini. $60 for Brazilian and $45 for bikini sugar. [Photo]
3212 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Glamour Puss

2040 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Another hidden gem nestled on the top floor of a Cow Hollow house-turned-retail center, Glamour Puss offers both bikini waxing and sugaring. If you're curious about sugaring, schedule an appointment with owner Sarah Holmes; you won't regret it. $36-$40 for bikini, $65 for Brazilian.
2040 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. dermaplus skin + body

1728 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Andrea at Dermaplus is both a great waxer and a great conversationalist. (And doesn't that speed the process along?) It's easy to miss this second-floor spa, but the budget-friendly bikini waxes are well worth hunting for. $25 for bikini, $50 for Brazilian.
1728 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Stript Wax Bar

439 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
Stript has the FiDi crowd covered (or uncovered, as the case may be). Estheticians use a combination of hard and soft wax to leave you baby smooth and beach ready. A pre-treatment glass of bubbly, ain't bad, either. $30 for simple bikini. $60 for Brazilian. There are also locations in Noe Valley and Pacifica.
439 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA

5. Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
If you're already enjoying a day of pampering at the Nob Hill Spa, why not get a little cleanup before taking in gorgeous views of the city from the infinity pool? $75 for a bikini wax. A splurge maybe, but it's worth it.
1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

6. Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bliss is a reliable choice for spa treatments, no matter where you travel. The San Francisco staff will happily set you up with one of the chain's signature treatments: The Brazilian, the bikini, or the betweeny. $35 for bikini, $75 for Brazilian.[Photo]
181 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Victoria's Nail Studio

3934 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
If you want an expert wax at a decent price, go to this Inner Richmond nail salon. You won’t get the fancy spa extras you expect from Union Square salons, but you can treat yourself to a cheap bottle of champers with the money you saved. Bonus: Fans claim that Dao’s $40 Brazilians are painless. [Photo]
3934 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Pretty Parlor

3150 18th St, #109, San Francisco, CA 94110
You live in the Mission, and socialize in the Mission: Why should you have to leave the Mission to get waxed? Enter Pretty Parlor, an adorable salon with estheticians who will keep your nether regions looking nice. $30 for basic bikini, $65 for Brazilian.
3150 18th St, #109
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. La Tira Wax Studio

1301 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
There's no need to leave the office early, thanks to La Tira's extended weekday hours. Monday through Thursday, this hair removal salon is open until 9pm. And it's not just the convenience that's appealing: They also do a fantastic wax. $25 for bikini line, $60 for Brazilian.
1301 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Cocoon Bare

2435 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
The little sister to the full-service Cocoon Urban Day Spa, this go-to salon is all about the wax. Relax and wax is its motto, and every bikini wax comes with a complimentary no-scream-cream topical anesthetic (hallelujah!). Bikini waxes go for $30 and Brazilians are $60. There's also a Rockridge location.[Photo]
2435 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio

3384 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Many consider namesake owner Marilyn Jaeger the bikini-wax whisperer. She's known for her special, secret technique designed to be as painless as possible—and done in lightening speed. All the estheticians employ it and give top wax jobs. The signature Brazilian is $63 and a regular bikini wax is $35. [Photo]
3384 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118