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Leto Locks on a Lebowski Budget

Sofia Perez and Lauren Murrow | November 5, 2014 | Story Beauty

This is part of "Live Large, Spend Less," a comprehensive guide to surviving (and even flourishing) in America's most expensive city. See all of the stories here.

Men’s Cut
Owner Lana Bowen of Salana Hair Studio offers cuts for guys—usually $50 and up—for free on the first Thursday of every month. The catch? It’s barber’s choice. (Last month, Bowen was snipping expert mohawks.) 1045 Bush St. (near Jones St.), 415-806-4769

Women's Cut
At Mercer Street Salon’s Monday teaching program, skilled salon assistants bestow $20 cuts and $30 color services by appointment—free latte or tea included. 3012 Fillmore St. (at Union St.), 415-674-4444

Students at the National Holistic Institute, a college of massage therapy, are required to complete 900 hours of training. Along the way, they give solid 50-minute Swedish- or shiatsu-style massages for just $30 to $35—no tipping allowed. Book online at 1665 Market St. (near 12th St.), 415-861-2045

Once a season, Japantown skincare shop Ayla provides half-hour oxygen facials for $20. The detoxifying treatment includes a pumpkin and aloe mask or scrub, a blast of pure oxygen, and moisturizing products from Luzern Labs. 1825 Bush St. (near Octavia St.), 415-520-7320

Richmond Nails Salon is clean, comfortable, and cheap. The meticulous services, which use OPI and Essie polishes, are a steal: $10 standard manicures, $20 gel manicures, and $26 for a mani-pedi. Make an appointment to avoid a wait. 5856 Geary Blvd. (near 23rd Ave.), 415-876-3888

For $99 a month, Classpass allows subscribers to take unlimited classes at any of its 58 San Francisco partner studios, including Pop Physique, Barry’s Bootcamp, and Pilates Proworks.

Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco

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