More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Medical director and board-certified surgeon Dr. Chow leads La Bella Laser & Slimming's staff in traditional spa treatments as well as modern medical aesthetics, such as noninvasive Zerona laser body slimming. Dr. Chow's extensive educational background and prestigious fellowship experience have led him to become an expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well. To accentuate the tastefully appointed studio's relaxing atmosphere, La Bella's team serves clients cups of house tea, fruit plates, and $100 bills to use as napkins.
Dr. Fauzia Khan has spent more than half of her 20 years in the medical field steeped in the world of cosmetic facial enhancement. A board-certified physician, she draws on both her medical and artistic side when performing cosmetic procedures. She also stays attuned to emerging technologies. Radio frequencies combined with pulsed-light technology—as seen on the Rachael Ray Show and other national outlets—tightens the face so it’s less likely to fall off, and FDA-approved lasers remove hair and rejuvenate skin across the body. When lasers aren’t the best solution for skin reconditioning, Vibraderm microdermabrasion wands speed up the exfoliation process through vibrating, single-use paddles that also stimulate circulation. Alternatively, injectables such as Botox, Dysport, and Restylane reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
Dr. Holly Yamada, Medical Director of HaLa Skin & Body, is a board-certified physician specializing in both aesthetics and general care. But if the mythical College of Ultimate Pampering existed, she would have graduated summa cum laude. At her clinic, Dr. Yamada oversees a skilled staff as they treat clients to relaxing, rejuvenating treatments. Gentle skincare services, including microdermabrasions, facials, and peels, restore youthful glows, while injected cosmetics and fillers effectively stop the aging clock. Laser services employ noninvasive beams to remove unwanted hair or address acne blemishes. Extending their external expertise to the internal, the clinic's specialists also offer personal Pilates sessions and holistic health and nutrition consultations.
For more than two decades, licensed electrologist Andrea Dubin has put a permanent stop to unwanted hair growth without wax strips or lasers. She and her staff use electrolysis—a method of hair removal that uses a thin probe to distribute shortwave radio frequencies to permanently inhibit hair growth on the chosen area. Electrolysis is currently the only permanent hair removal treatment that is recognized by the FDA. Before each procedure, Andrea meets with clients during a complimentary consultation and advises them on treatment regimens.
When manning the helm at Skin Care & Body Work Day Spa, owner and licensed aesthetician Laura Hirsh draws from a wealth of wellness knowledge rooted in the study of herbology, aromatherapy, and alchemy. She emphasizes soothing, natural skincare remedies during spa services and the time she spends working with cancer patients to combat the damaging cosmetic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting medications on their skin. Hirsh relies on the Only YouRx custom-blended skincare line to perform her menu of skin treatments, as each product comes packed with plant extracts, natural minerals, and the youth-giving tears of an immortal child vampire. Three certified massage therapists practice 12 techniques including pregnancy massage, detox shiatsu, reiki and the signature fassage treatment, which combines full-body Swedish massage with a facial and a back-facial treatment. Before and after these indulgent services, clients can browse a gift boutique lined with skincare products, accessories, jewelry, and handbags from local artists.