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.
Bigger is not always better. Within Glo Salon’s intimate space, the stylists, aestheticians, tanning experts, and nail technicians don't only work to beautify clients—they also get to know them. The team takes pride in the personal care and attention their space allows them to give each client, and that translates into creating the best looks for customers' unique features and styles. A seemingly book-long menu of services includes an array of facial, waxing, tanning, makeup, and hair treatments, all catered to individual needs. Whether undergoing a Japanese hair-straightening treatment, a revitalizing facial with extractions, or a simple bangs trim, patrons depart Glo with a new or updated style created to help them look and feel their best.
Island Tan OC believes everyone looks better with a tan, and it helps clients achieve that sun-kissed glow with traditional horizontal tanning beds, standup booths, and spray tanning. Its gold-level standup booth keeps bodies cool with body fans, which circulate air more efficiently than staffers frantically waving their arms. Bronze-level reclining beds come with client-controlled facial tanners, and Mystic Tan spray booths and custom airbrush bronzing offer UV-free options. After a gilding session, patrons can further adorn their limbs with the shop's supply of bikinis, jewelry, and makeup.
The specialists at Eyebrow Perfection don't try to juggle a multitude of spa treatments; instead, they focus on just one service: threading hair removal. With more than 20 years of experience, the team sweeps away unwanted facial fuzz with an ancient Eastern technique that uses pure cotton thread, omitting the need for harsh chemicals and waxes.
The aestheticians at Divine Threading Studio treat clients to services as modern as Dermalogica facials and as traditional as henna tattoos. The salon specializes in depilation treatments, which remove hair using either the familiar heated-wax method or the ancient Eastern threading technique that's considered more appealing to people with sensitive skin. The aestheticians also showcase their precise handiwork by applying intricately designed henna tattoos, which weave their way up the hands and arms of brides-to-be or clients who want to test-drive a tattoo design for a few weeks. For a finishing touch, clients can ask for an ear or nose piercing, face accessories as stylish as Mr. Potato Head's during Fashion Week.
Thanks to its recent remodel, one might be surprised to hear that the salon and spa known as Christopher Stephens has pampered clients with personalized beauty treatments for the past 15 years. The salon’s stylists draw on the experience amassed in that period to add length and definition to manes with 100% human-hair extensions and bioionic straightening tools. Not to be outdone, the aestheticians brighten complexions with seven types of facials and bronze skin with UV-free airbrush-tanning solutions. Whether styling hair or scraping off the sticky remnants of a nightly cocoon, Christopher Stephens’s staff members pride themselves on using professional beauty products from brands such as OPI, Keratin Complex, and BareMinerals.