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1. The Castro Day Spa — 4105 19th Street

Want to feel like a dream? Come to the Castro Day Spa and indulge in their unique skin and body treatments available for both men and women. "The Mission of The Castro Day Spa is to provide exceptional, quality, service, customized to the needs of our clients. Our commitment is to provide a warm, inviting, unintimidating atmosphere for our clients: a nurturing haven from the grind of everyday life. To help achieve these results, we provide only the highest quality services and utilize the best products available. Our passion for our work, and love for our clients, are what drive The Castro Day Spa." —

2. M Spa — 2187 Market Street

Massages, facials, waxing — the works! M Spa has everything you need to feel like a million bucks — without burning a hole in your wallet. "Stressed out and needing a escape, I was told by friends to go to M Spa to chill out and get a massage. I was impressed by how clean and tranquil space is! It was great to relax in their steam room before getting a GREAT deep tissue massage and a relaxing facial. I left the spa feeling happy and chilled out!" said Yelper David P. from San Francisco, CA.

3. John Francis Spa — 4200 18th Street

John Francis Spa provides massage and facial therapy, waxing, and even specialized skin care for acne, oily skin, aging, rosacea or eczema. "At John Francis Spa, our goal is to provide results oriented skin care and massage that's both personal and professional. Each treatment is customized according to your needs. We utilize only the finest natural source ingredients combined with the latest technologies and treatments." —

4. Always Tan Skin & Body — 550B Castro Street

Always Tan Skin & Body is your beauty happy place. They provide everything from microdermabrasion to teeth whitening to massage to tanning! "Stopped by yesterday for an eyebrow wax. Blu was friendly, professional and the space was very clean (which is essential). [The waxing was] a quick procedure and done perfectly. I must highlight the sliding scale price list, as well. There is an initial charge, but as long as you go back for regular maintenance, then the prices drops about 30 percent. That is a great incentive to be a regular here, and will certainly bring me back," said Yelper Brian H. from Oakland, CA.

5. Hand Job — 565 Castro Street

If the name isn’t enough to intrigue you, then maybe the champagne will! Clever business name and booze aside, Hand Job also does a great job with, well, your hands. "Robin is amazing! Gave me best pedicure ever! Mary kept the champagne flowing and Howie does wonders on your hands! Very reasonable for the personal service you get! Friendly staff saw us right away without appointment!" said Yelper Ally J. from Brentwood, CA.

6. Face It Salon & Spa — 2343 Market Street

Need your hair did? Head over to Face It Salon & Spa and Helen, the owner, will take good care of you. "Helen is great at what she does. Waxing: So fast! You'll be out in record time!  She is the least painful esthetician out of the 6+ I have seen, and would be a good recommendation for a first timer. Facials: Very comprehensive and relaxing. Pedicures: A bit pricier than those high turnover manicure shops. Maybe it is because they use all Aveda. Very clean with lined tub and lemon slices. She also uses a brand new pumice on each customer," said Annika L. from San Francisco, CA.

7. Diva Nail Lounge — 2057 Market Street

Diva lounge offers delectable mani/pedi treatments such as a chocolate essential milk bath with rose petals or a lavender cream soak. They always use natural, high-quality products for all their customers. "Best mani/pedi I've had in the city!! Everyone is so nice and attentive, and the prices are very good. I love the atmosphere and that there are both men and women working there. Today was my first trip. I took my boyfriend for his first experience with a pedicure, and he loved it as much, if not more! I also have never gotten a shellac job that dried so fast. Will definitely be back!" said Yelper Jaime N. from San Francisco, CA.