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.
True to its name, Hollywood Beauty Center takes pride in making clients feel and look beautiful at its Santa Monica location. With this mission in mind, salon stylists regularly perform a signature treatment—the smoothing Brazilian blowout. Coating strands with a strengthening protein, they diffuse frizz and leave clients' hair sleeker and more manageable until they start flying kites in the middle of lightning storms again. Stylists also have an adept hand with haircuts, coloring, facials, waxing, and nailcare.
Lorine Mikhaeil leads a busy life. A trained nurse and a certified permanent makeup artist, she helms Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM) as well as Zena Day Spa, Derma Blush, and American Permanent Cosmetics Institute. But no matter how busy Lorine gets, she always takes her time with her clients.
At OPM, Lorine uses a semi-permanent organic ink to expertly define brows, lips, eyelids, and even areolas for those affected by breast cancer. This metal-free formulation gives her greater control when she is applying the ink into the upper dermal layer. During these treatments, Lorine uses an advanced power pin and for brows a specialized hairbrush stroke method that she invented herself, which gives the illusion of 3D brow strands. To ensure clients are inked with complementing colors, Lorine refers to the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to make sure brows match their skin tone and auras.
Though OPM's name focuses on one service, the boutique spa's menu is brimming with a range of other aesthetic treatments. Strands stand no chance against OPM's three hair removal systems, which include waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. Alternately, dermal fillers and microdermabrasions keep complexions firm and looking younger than a toddler holding a newborn dolphin.
Inside Neihul?, a beautifully modern salon awash in all-white decor, you're bound to notice the few splashes of color. Just inside the door, bright shelves display the brilliantly colored labels of Bumble and bumble styling products?the same ones the stylists often use at the hot-pink blow-dry bar. Beyond that, a broad spectrum of nail polishes radiates under a sign for "Dreams by Neihul?"?a line that co-owner Yvonne Neihul? designed herself. She and her team use them alongside specialty polishes for services that range from manicures with custom herbal mixtures to gel pedicures. But it's the spa's experiences that might have the most color. Pedicure chairs reminiscent of space pods have built-in laptops, letting you recreate the feeling of a starfleet captain getting a pedicure, and a stand-up tanning booth keeps the body cool with a shroud of crisp, quiet air.
When it comes to beauty maintenance, Nunei Harrington asserts, ?If you cannot eat it, do not put it on your skin.? The licensed aesthetician puts her words into practice at Sola Salon by using only natural products, including real fruits and vegetables, which she hand-blends to create custom facials, Nufree vegan hair-removal wax, and organic makeup.
During customized facials, Harrington can target environmental damage with organic pumpkin; fight acne with volcanic ash; and calm rosacea with rosewater, chamomile, and bedtime stories?all tailored to skin type. Facials include deep-tissue massage of the face, neck, and shoulders. Hair-removal sessions utilize either botanical Nufree vegan products or homemade beeswax and leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized. Other spa treatments include the raindrop technique, which combines aromatherapy and essential oils from Young Living to relax the body and mysteriously balance the client's checkbook.
A makeup artist who honed her eye-enhancing skills at NovaLash Academy, Christine Reed creates fringe-laden masterpieces that adorn the eyes of women across the city. Her rigorous attention to detail and extensive training within programs such as JB Lashes have earned her a loyal clientele that includes celebrities ranging from Joss Stone and Angela Bassett to Jessica Rabbit. Within her eponymous boutique salon, the certified lash technician revamps patrons’ appearances via services ranging from installing mink eyelash extensions to deploying a photon/galvanic skin-tightening facial to revive sagging skin. Along with her signature lash extensions and specialized facials, Christine also performs mani-pedis, airbrush makeup, organic airbrush tans, and facial waxing. She also extends specialized services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.