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.
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 seasoned instructors at Riverside Bartending School help students perfect over-the-counter techniques to become a certified bartender with a full curriculum of classes. During eight hours of training, budding mixologists can demystify the formulation of popular shooters, or discover how to mix traditional martinis without starting a fire. Students who opt for full bartender certification attend to 80–100 hours of class time required for certification in as little as three weeks or at their own pace.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.