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.
Inside a glass- and aquamarine-accented beauty studio, Nanu Threading attends to all manner of skincare needs with hair removal and facial services. Experienced threading specialists swiftly drag a twisted strand of cotton string across the face to remove unwanted follicles. Clients also come in for soothing spa facials and the salon's henna tattoos—intricate, semi-permanent artwork drawn onto clients' hands or distracted clients' gloves.
Aesthetician Millette San Pedro specializes in turning back the clock. From within Flawless Skin Clinic's sleek confines, Millette welcomes guests of all ages to indulge in relaxing facials and skin treatments focused on granting a time-defying glow. Her services revivify the complexions of both men and women and can be tailored to tackle concerns such as acne or dry skin. She also uses threading to smooth eyebrows and chins, reducing drag in speed-smiling contests. Millette also strives to beautify her community by partnering with a variety of outreach organizations.
Urban Bliss Day Spa's skilled therapists invite passersby to unload their stresses with a comprehensive menu of soothing spa services. During massages, dexterous hands evict aches from muscle abodes and melt away tension and icicles developing on rigid biceps. Spa-goers refurbish their frontispieces with a choice of facials enriched in antioxidants and green tea. Seaweed wraps cocoon patrons with hydrating minerals, and spray-on tans impart skin with healthy glows. Friends looking to escape stress in tandem can host a spa party to celebrate a baby shower, birthday, or girls' night out.
Eastern and Western bodywork techniques come together on massage therapist CJ Lester's treatment table. He pairs familiar Swedish and deep-tissue kneading with traditional Chinese medicine-based massage cupping therapy, Japanese reiki, and other holistic treatments, aiming to promote healing and detoxification. During reflexology sessions, he uses foot massage to stimulate various internal organ systems, while his own hand-blended body products slick down the skin in preparation for the client’s triumphant exit from the treatment room via slip ‘n’ slide.