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.
Internationally trained stylist and makeup artist Sonal Pandya lives her dream of beautifying “anyone with hair and skin” with techniques culled from the Far East. Her approach to beauty is a blend of creativity with an eye for detail developed during 22 years of experience. She demonstrates her perfectionism through intricate patterns of henna body artwork and precision threading, which sharpens eyebrows without the use of chemicals or inflicting near-sightedness. Sonal also preps brides for their big day with makeup applications and hairstyles that twist and layer locks into Escher-esque updos adorned with decorative beads and stones.
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.
Nestled in historic Dublin, bare s.k.i.n. day spa is manned by an experienced staff that performs a range of skincare and muscle-relaxing treatments. Inside, guests receive custom skin recommendations based on their circumstances. Aestheticians rely on Éminence Organic Skin Care products and dōTerra essential oils as they soften and tone skin with organic fruit- and vegetable-extract facials, and fruit pulp or blueberry peels that detoxify and slough off dead skin.
Licensed massage therapist Cathy Kline performs relaxation and deep-tissue massages, and certified reflexologist Karen Brown kneads hands and feet during reflexology sessions. Staff members can also organize spa parties, during which groups of visitors let their hair down while therapists perform spa services from an a la carte menu.
The hair-removal techniques at Nirvana Threading are a far cry from those found at conventional med-spas. Instead of wielding lasers, the team removes unwanted fuzz with centuries-old techniques. Using a loop of pure cotton thread, the aestheticians carefully sweep around eyebrows, across lips or over the face. That way, they're able to lift out strands without the use of any heat or chemicals. With equal deftness, the team prepares clients for special occasions with intricate henna tattoos.
Becky Bachtold is a fully licensed aesthetician with more than 16 years of experience. Her swift spray tans are available out of Grand Avenue Salon, or as a mobile service where she arrives directly at the client’s doorstep. Using a 100% organic aloe-based solution, Becky can promote a 10-day sun-kissed complexion without the harmful effects of UV rays. Clients may also solicit Becky for an invigorating facial, or a private waxing session to vanquish the body’s unflattering fuzz.