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.
The depilation experts at Sameera Eyebrow Threading, a salon owned by husband-and-wife team Samir and Meera, specialize in beautifying faces through the middle eastern method of threading. By twisting doubled cotton filaments in quick, precise flicks, they uproot stray hairs to create graceful arches along brow lines or sleek racing stripes down calves. This technique can also be used to de-fuzz upper lips and cheeks. For the rest of the body, they rely on wax to banish stubble and render skin baby smooth. Beyond hair removal, the salon caters to many other aesthetic needs with a menu of services that includes haircuts and color treatments, facials, bridal makeup, henna art, and teeth whitening.
Salon Benardo believes that natural treatments and products are better not only for clients but also for the earth. That's why it embraces its identity as an Aveda salon, carrying the brand's plant-based products and supplying them to the stylists who cut, color, and texturize clients' hair. The staff on the spa side is equally diligent: aestheticians cleanse faces with custom facials, peels, and other skincare services; massage therapists handle services such as the Caribbean Therapy hand and foot treatment, which is like a cruise through the Bermuda Triangle without the variable gravity and deadly sea hogs.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
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Ana Threading’s skilled technicians harness the ancient practice of threading to remove unwanted hair from eyebrows, chins, and other areas with speed and precision. Their cotton threads remove hair from the follicle for longer-lasting smoothness, all without unnecessarily irritating sensitive skin, as waxing can do, or causing discoloration, as fruit punch can do. The salon also offers waxing and henna tattoos.