Where to Get a Great Bikini Wax in San Francisco
Getting a bikini wax is awkward. Think about it. You're ditching your skivvies to butterfly your legs in front of a perfect stranger who will rip your hair out for 15 minutes. Who actually came up with this idea? And yet, we do it. Probably because the results look better and last longer than shaving.
While some folks argue that society needs to abandon its war on pubic hair, millions of women make bikini or Brazilian waxing appointments part of a regular beauty routine. If you’re part of that group—and you’re looking for the very best hair removal salons in the city—consider this list to be your waxing and sugaring lifeline.
For each of these hair removal spots, I’ve included details like prices for a bikini wax, a Brazilian wax, sugaring treatments, and a men’s Brazilian (if available), as well as standout estheticians who make the process as painless as possible. And, since the awkwardness starts with that phone call to book your waxing appointment, I’ve also noted which salons you can book on beauty-booking app TRU. (If you’ve ever booked a Brazilian over the phone at your office or on a train, you’ll definitely appreciate the discretion of app-based booking.)
Good luck, and happy(ish) hair removal!
181 Third Street, 4th floor at W San Francisco
Is it possible that the puns at Bliss make hair removal more pleasant? It's like the spa is laughing through the weirdness with you. Bliss is a friendly, dependable choice nationwide, no matter what service you're seeking. Bikini waxing comes in three levels: the Brazilian, the bikini, and the in-betweeny. Bikini wax: $35. Brazilian wax: $75. Ultimate He-Wax men’s Brazilian: $125.
2435 Polk Street
If you're going to pay someone to rip hair from your nether regions, at least choose a pretty salon so you can make small talk about the decor. Cocoon is adorable, and there's a great boutique in the lobby where you can shop to distract yourself from your procedure. The salon specializes in Brazilians, and even offers a monthly subscription rate ($49 per wax if you commit to every 4-6 weeks to six months). Bikini sugaring: $50. Brazilian sugaring or wax: $75. Man-datory men’s Brazilian: $95.
1728 Union Street, Suite 200
This Cow Hollow skin boutique's claim to fame is its azulene-based wax, which is less harsh on sensitive skin. (If you're a waxing virgin, that could tip the scales in this salon's favor.) The estheticians use both hard wax and soft wax, and will tailor your treatment to your hair and skin type. Both Andrea (the owner) and Lizzy are aces. Bikini wax: $30. Brazilian wax: $55.
2250 Union Street, Suite 304
While you can get a topnotch wax at Glamour Puss, owner Sara Holmes is one of San Francisco's OGs of sugaring. She even makes her own hair removal sugar, which is rare in the city. Here's the scoop on sugaring: it may hurt a little more than waxing (depending on your hair type), but your skin will recover faster from post-removal bumps and the results seem to last longer. Bikini wax or sugaring: $36. Brazilian wax or sugaring: $65.
3212 Fillmore Street
While every client has a favorite at this Marina gem, Sara gets rave reviews for making Brazilian wax and sugaring as painless as possible. The salon, which is open seven days a week, offers a free 15-minute consultation to help walk you through the types of hair removal, and will even offer you a glass of wine to take the edge off. Bikini wax: $40. Bikini sugaring: $50. Brazilian wax: $65. Brazilian sugaring: $75.
1301 Church Street
Plenty of studios will pour you a glass of wine, but La Tira has more interesting options like bellinis and sangria. Just don't expect to finish it. This salon is fast, friendly, and incredibly efficient, so you’ll probably be in and out with a great wax in about 20 minutes. (Karen is particularly good!) If you make a habit of hair removal, La Tira offers women a 10 percent discount for a follow-up Brazilian within 4-5 weeks. Bikini wax: $28. Brazilian wax: $62. Men’s Brazilian: $95.
3384 Sacramento Street
An eco-friendly spa in upscale Presidio Heights, Marilyn’s staff will pamper you with “an elixir of your choice” upon arrival, and a practically-painless Brazilian. Some clients even travel across state lines to come here, proclaiming it the best in San Francisco, and maybe even the country. Bikini wax: $35. Brazilian wax: $63 ($66 with Marilyn). “Flying Squirrel” men’s Brazilian: $99+.
483 Guerrero Street
An ultra-hip retreat in the heart of the Mission, Pretty Parlor uses organic hard and strip wax for their signature bikini waxing treatments. Do yourself a favor and go see Debbie; she’s been keeping SFers' bikini lines in check for years and she’s a total pro. Bikini wax: $35. Brazilian wax: $70 (or $60 if you’re returning within 4-6 weeks of your last appointment).
1764 Union Street, 439 Washington Street, and 1211 Church Street
Stript is like the SoulCycle of wax bars in San Francisco. It’s pretty, the branding is consistent, and you know that you’re going to get a quality wax when you walk in the door because the salon specializes in waxing. Bikini wax: $30. Brazilian wax: $75. Brozilian Men’s Brazilian: $85.
1006 Bush Street and 906 ½ Divisadero Street
ReWAXation’s original Bush Street location prompted the salon’s slogan, “Come to Bush, leave without one.” Aside from winning at advertising, this salon offer first-rate waxing and sugaring for women, and waxing for men. Folks recommend Alex for Brazilians because she’s fast, detail-oriented, and easy to talk to—all crucial qualities in a bikini waxer. Bikini wax or sugaring: $25. Brazilian wax or sugaring: $55. Men’s Brazilian: $90.
352 6th Street
Clients say this SoMa skincare and waxing salon feels like a chic apartment. Marion, the owner, exudes a calming presence that puts everyone at ease during treatments. Her bikini waxes and Brazilians are famous for being almost pain-free. Bikini wax: $40. Brazilian wax: $70. Men’s Brazilian: $85.