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.
Heart Hair Salon’s passionate stylist puts the heart in her business’s name. Every appointment begins with a consultation, during which she helps her client choose the perfect look. She then performs the desired service, such as a standard cut, bob, or trendy ombre highlights, which fade from dark to light. She can also lengthen hair with extensions and smooth away unwanted frizz with keratin treatments.
Pink and white striped walls and twinkling chandeliers overlook Savvy Chic Nail Cottage as 12 technicians in pink aprons flurry around plush Victorian armchairs, daubing fingers and toes in glossy polish. A feminine and shabby-chic oasis dreamed up by Ebony Bolton and her husband Michael in 2010, Savvy Chic treats guests to tea in vintage teacups and chocolates from See's Candies as they chat with staffers about their favorite shades of OPI and Gelish lacquers or revel in foot scrubs and hot-lotion massages. Acrylic nails in perfect ovals, squares, and dodecagons lend length and strength to fingertips, and children's mani-pedis pamper pint-size appendages. The cottage keeps its equipment spic and span beyond state standards with germicide, UV-heat sanitation, and disposable protective pouches. Savvy Chic also hosts pedicure parties for bachelorettes and birthdays and frees chins, arms, and other areas from unwelcome fuzz with warm wax.
When clients open the door to Daravadee Spa & Massage Therapy, the heady scents of lemongrass and jasmine come flowing past noses before eyes lock onto decorative Thai statues and delicate orchids. Within candlelit treatment rooms, staff members trained in ancient eastern healing techniques employ their skills to soothe muscle tension and purify complexions. Among the therapies offered at Daravadee, yoga-like Thai massage, herbal compresses of tamarind and kaffir leaves, and all-natural spa products set the center apart from other relaxation oases. But Daravadee’s most unique offering is guasa. A body-scrub treatment rooted in Chinese healing practices, guasa helps boost circulation and detoxify skin with the help of a wooden sloughing instrument. Each treatment is performed in a private room, ensuring privacy and comfort for clients and their shy backs.
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.
With so many daily stresses, harmony of body and mind is hard won. Beauty Star Spa is on a mission to make it easier. Combining traditional Chinese bodywork theories with finger pressure and deep elbow rolling, a licensed massage therapist can relieve chronic tension or promote deep relaxation. Each session is paired with the client's choice of sensuous music and soothing massage oil that's colorless, odorless, and completely caffeine free. To make it a full spa day, supplement bodywork with a deep-cleansing facial.