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.
Despite its name, Elite Foot Spa is a haven of relaxation for the entire body—not just the feet. Licensed massage therapists soothe the senses with two-part treatments, first focusing on the feet and then working out tension from backs, necks, and shoulders. Draperies, potted plants, and rows of plush massage beds create a relaxed, peaceful ambience inside the studio. Guests can also enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.
At Omni Massage, part of Omni Salon, clients can stride past the green plants that fleck the front door and stretch out on a massage table, ready for soothing strokes from the in-house massage therapist. The therapist's full-body kneads restore peace to anxious minds and muscles, improving circulation in the process. Omni Salon complements bodywork sessions with hair services, nail treatments, and skincare such as facials.
From Britney Spears to Scarlett Johansson, Adam Lambert to Roger Federer, the rolodex of celebrities that have turned to Hairroin Salon for styling services seems to be ever growing. Whether celebrity or not, clients at Hairroin Salon are in the hands of a staff so dedicated to cutting-edge hair artistry that it often lands the stylists themselves in the spotlight—or, in the case of owner Janine Jarman, on television. Jarman was one of 12 contestants on the third season of Bravo's “Shear Genius,” and the same skills that had earned her the styling trust of the Pussycat Dolls and Carmen Electra carried her all the way to the show's final round. When she wasn't competing, Jarman helped develop formulas for Sexy Hair products, and transformed Harroin into the only Sebastian Professional Flagship Salon in LA. Hairroin Salon’s breadth of services is a testament to both Jarman’s skills and those of the stylists she’s added to her staff. Together, they perform thermal straightening treatments, highlights, corrective color, and haircuts for men, women, and stacks of chihuahuas in trench coats. The salon itself is further proof of Jarman’s eye for style: black, Victorian-inspired mirror frames hang on walls of exposed brick and striped wallpaper, while flameless candle chandeliers dangle from the ceiling's bare beams.
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.