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 beauty expert Gohar Thomas, owner of Carole Franck Beaute Clinique & Spa, boasts 28 years of industry experience including a two-decade stint as head aesthetician at Harrods of London. From within a brightly colored cottage, Gohar integrates European spa products she’s accrued through years of international training into an array of cosmetic services performed amid fresh flowers and streams of natural light. She supervises licensed aestheticians as they perform facials with Carole Franck products, etch color onto lips and around eyes with permanent makeup, and target cellulite with aesthetic technology. The bodily cosseting continues in a private massage room, which shelters a massage table and a bathtub surrounded by candles that allows clients to relax before or after their treatment with a soak attuned to the temperature of a bubbling spring or a pot of freshly boiled hot-dog water.
The aestheticians at Orchid Skin Care keep clients at their most beautiful with personalized services for the whole body. Using exclusively Yon-Ka skincare products, the staffers regenerate faces with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments backed by nourishing botanicals. Meanwhile, eyelash extensions and permanent makeup enhance facial features without the hassle of morning cosmetics routines. The experts also melt tension through aroma-infused massages and wraps, and spray tanning imbues skin with a UV-free bronze glow to help prepare for trips to the beach or attempts to infiltrate the Olympics as a third-place medal.
To earn the title “makeup guru,” one needs to log multiple hours practicing the art of aesthetics. Alice Atakhanian has been doing that since 1997. After training under TV and film makeup artists David Allen Dittmer and Dina Ousley, Alice went on to gain experience working on production sets and with local and international celebrities including the singer Bahar. Currently, the multitasking makeup artist oversees an online wedding services directory, spearheads bridal shows, and hosts the Persian satellite TV show “Top Tack”. She can also be seen at Beyond Beauty Parlor, the makeup and salon studio that she founded with her AML beauty academy.
At the Glendale beauty shop, wrapped in modern art decor and light colors, Alice and her team tend to clients with the latest in hair and makeup treatments. Brides can enjoy private accommodations as they're gussied up with intricate updos, bejeweled tiaras, and airbrush makeup that creates flawless skin and discreetly covers vow tattoos. Beyond Beauty's team also offers classic spa services in the form of antiaging facials and aromatherapy massages to relax the mind and body.
Aveda products are as renowned for their plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly packaging as they are for their beautification prowess, so it’s no surprise that the experts behind Glendale Aveda Salonspa rely on them during each of their styling treatments. Armed with their botanical tinctures, the salon’s stylists, mold manes with marshmallow-root texture lotions and lather locks with aromatic shampoos and conditioners. They also tint hair with colors infused with plant oils that subdue damage and leave each strand shiny and healthy. These hues come in natural blonds, browns, and reds, as well as primary and secondary colors distilled from sustainably harvested crayons. On the other side, spa staffers also reach for Aveda products—including hydrators and cleansers—as they clarify and rebalance careworn epidermises. When they aren't nourishing clients, the stylists at Glendale Aveda Salonspa attend weekly classes to hone their skills. They also donate their time to nonprofit organizations, such as the Coalition for Clean Air and the Glendale Health Fair.
Ano and Rumina, Hairspray Salon’s fashion-forward co-owners, have worked their way up to the forefront of the hair styling world. Ano boasts 27 years of experience and a degree from Vidal Sassoon, while Rumina is a Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador, who started in the hair styling world at the age of 17 and now has 10 years of experience under her styling belt. Together they lead a team of expert stylists with specialties that include working with long and curly hair to color and highlights. They perform services under high ceilings at their robin’s egg-blue salon, snipping hair to flowing layers or straightening frizz with blowout treatments and Bumble and bumble products. And when not styling hair for clients, the stylists craft traffic-stopping updos for models who strut down the runway at wedding dresses shows and local airports.