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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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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]

Glamour Puss

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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.

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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.

Stript Wax Bar

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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.

Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

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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.

Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

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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]

Victoria's Nail Studio

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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]

Pretty Parlor

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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.

La Tira Wax Studio

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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.

Cocoon Bare

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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]

Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio

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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]

Habit

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]

Glamour Puss

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.

dermaplus skin + body

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.

Stript Wax Bar

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.

Nob Hill Spa at The Scarlet Huntington

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.

Bliss Spa at W San Francisco

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]

Victoria's Nail Studio

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]

Pretty Parlor

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.

La Tira Wax Studio

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.

Cocoon Bare

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]

Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio

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]