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.
The team of medical providers at Rejuvenating Skin Care tends to weary bodies through a hybrid of medical and spa services, instilling beautification amid burnt-orange and tan walls set aglow by warm candlelight. For laser hair removal, trained nurse practitioners brandish their high-tech follicle zappers, which inhibit hair growth while soothing skin with cooling spray between each pulse. Juv?derm dermal fillers and microdermabrasion treatments vanquish signs of aging, and Latisse works with magic beans to help sprout longer, fuller lashes.
Grace Rangel draws upon more than 25 years of skincare and haircare experience to beautify her guests. She prides herself on not only performing expert services, but also constantly updating her aesthetic education. At the end of a visit, Grace teaches her clients how to maintain their new looks, offering custom advice so they can keep feeling their best. In addition to a full menu of facials, Grace offers inch-loss body wraps that dissolve unwanted inches, extensions that grace eyes with a dramatic new set of lashes, and aesthetic treatments such as waxing and microdermabrasion that keep skin smooth.
Herbal serums, anti-aging solutions, and pumpkin apple spice peels are the tools of the trade at Heather?s Skin Care at J. Anthony Salon. Using products from Epicuren, the staff performs a variety of specialized facials designed to diminish acne, signs of aging, and blemishes. The glycolic facial, for instance, provides deep exfoliation to combat fine lines and sun damage. Other services include microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, and waxing for the face and body.
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.