Though the technicians specialize in laser cosmetics, a slew of other clinical-grade therapies comprise the spa's treatment list. Dr. Mohammad Razzaque performs or supervises every treatment and, along with aesthetic technician Lorraine, ushers skin toward its smoothest, most vibrant self. Together they reduce acne, age-related facial sagging, and unwanted hair with customized laser treatments. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion and Botox help mugs look as youthful and wrinkle-free as freshly ironed eggs.
Licensed cosmetologist Sita Patel uses techniques culled from her native India and applies her more than 10 years of cosmetic experience to artfully beautify her clients. She enlists professional products from brands such as Bioelements and American Crew during hair services, securing loose tendrils into bridal updos adorned with glistening gems. She can also remove unwanted hair using an ancient threading technique that is completely free of chemicals and less taxing for the skin than waxing. Henna tattoos dress arms in ornate decorations more temporary than regular tattoos but less temporary than a career as a human cannonball.
Warm leaf-green walls ascend from a sprawling hardwood floor at Sizzor Trix, where friendly beauty boosters tend to nails and hair in equal measure. The waiting area’s black leather loveseats overlook an immaculate, mirror-lined space where shears snip through men’s and women’s haircuts, and a mani-pedi station renovates digits. Patrons sink into a plush pedicure chair that, unlike those at most conventional salons, comes equipped with a foot-soaking tub not swarming with orphaned jellyfish. With gentle hands and sharp eyes, an expert eyebrow threader excises superfluous strands using the ancient method, less painful than traditional plucking, of tying thin cotton threads through brows to speedily strip foreheads.
Elite Laser Hair Removal’s friendly skin savants can help evict undesirable body hair through a series of six FDA-approved laser hair removal sessions. During each treatment, clients relax while a specialist hovers a GentleYAG laser above the patch of pesky fuzz, blasting each strand down to the root like the Death Star removing old stumps from Darth Vader’s backyard. The laser can deforest bikini lines, preparing bodies to bask on the beach; smooth away underarm hair to cut down on shaving time; or clear out neck fur to better showcase a necklace fashioned from corn husks. Results may differ depending on hair color and coarseness.
Urmi Salon is a full-service salon where stylists perform hair and body services. They offer haircuts, conditioning treatments, and color for men and women amidst emblazoned orange walls set beneath jet-black furniture. Guests can settle back for a rejuvenating facial, mani-pedi, or makeup application inside of the chic salon or opt for a extravagant henna tattoo.
We spoke with Waxing Room owner CherylAnn Gutierrez about how it feels to have your hair removed with thread and what you can do to make the process quicker and easier.
What does threading feel like?
CherylAnn compares the sensation to tweezing, "but many hairs at a time." As the aesthetician works strands of cotton thread around the brows and lips, a quick twist uproots an entire line of hair at the follicle. CherylAnn says her staff can help soothe away any sting afterwards by applying ice, cortisone, a gentle massage, or even cucumber slices to the treated areas.
How quickly can your aestheticians thread a line of hair?
"We've never timed it," she says while laughing, "but very quickly."
Which is better: threading or waxing?
CherylAnn refuses to take sides: each one has a place. Threading may be especially useful for people who are allergic to certain waxes or who have sensitive skin due to, for example, a recent chemical peel. But her general advice is "try each one." She says fans of threading tend to believe the process gives aestheticians greater control, allowing them to create better definition, straighter lines, and more dramatic angles than are possible with waxing. But the main reason CherylAnn offers threading is that she knows it's ultimately a personal preference, and she "wants to be able to serve everyone."
What can clients do to get the best results?
During appointments, clients will be asked to slightly stretch the skin around their eyebrows so that it's flat and level. According to CherylAnn, the most important thing you can do at this time is to hold your skin so that it's as taut as possible. She says this allows the aesthetician to go line by line with greater speed and accuracy, which minimizes any potential discomfort.