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.
When Edan Ezer was a boy growing up in Israel, he was so committed to becoming a barber that he left school at 16 to train at a local salon. When he was 18, he joined the Israeli Army and became popular for cutting hair at the army base and styling it with the downdraft of a helicopter. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to work alongside some of the best stylists in the world at high-end salons across Beverly Hills.
Since 2006 Edan has operated his own high-end salon, where he and his team work to pamper, relax, and rejuvenate clients. Stylists massage scalps and snip split ends before creating a sleek blowout that can last for days. For longer-lasting results, they straighten hair with Brazilian keratin treatments, which reduce frizz for months. Another popular Brazilian at the salon is its aesthetician, who removes hair with 100% pure honey and who brightens complexions with facials using natural skincare products.
Licensed aesthetician Viviane Lieberman uses 100% pure honey to provide a waxing experience that is said to be less painful and more hydrating to the skin than regular waxing. She gently removes unwanted hair in her treatment room at Edan Edan Salon, helping skin look and feel soft and smooth.
A massive poster of Marilyn Monroe adorns the wall at Beba Beauty, hanging above the spare but intimate lobby like an homage to aesthetics. While the day spa can’t guarantee that its clients will look like Marilyn – even after a slew of the rejuvenating services held inside –the customer may certainly feel that radiant, thanks to a wide-ranging menu that includes facials, waxing and body treatments. For those looking for the ultimate in revitalization, though, consider the Day of Beauty: a package of treatments that includes a hydrating facial, hand and foot treatment, lash extensions, an eyebrow makeover and even a champagne lunch, all for a discount.
Stress can manifest physically as well as mentally. At Heavena Spa, the therapists dedicate themselves to alleviating the aches, pains, and anxiety that stress can cause by performing massages that provide a serene break from the hectic pace of everyday life. Gentle lighting and calming earth tones surround clients as they relax in private treatment rooms while a therapist pinpoints the sources of withheld tension. From there, the therapist can soothe knotted muscles using gliding Swedish strokes, focused deep-tissue pressure, gentle Thai stretching, or a combination of modalities.
Owner Aida and the trained staff of The Thread Bar espouse an ancient hair-removal technique: an expert twists and rolls a pure cotton thread across the client's skin, entwining a number of strands before plucking them out. Not only does this create minimal discomfort while removing hairs?especially when compared to using wax or aggressively tweezing?but the greatly enhanced sense of control allows the technician to shape eyebrows and quickly de-fuzz lips with ease. Their methods have garnered a loyal client base along with more than a few celebrity faces.
While its methods are time-tested, the atmosphere at The Thread Bar is decidedly modern. The beauty spot encourages patrons to savor its social environment before and after their appointments. Surrounded by pink and black walls, the intimate space features several service stations as well as a bar-like area where guests can chat or log onto the complimentary Wi-Fi.