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.
Popular services at the full-service Allure Hair & Body Salon range from haircuts and facials to waxing and threading services for removing unwanted hair. The staff also dispenses their skills with special packages for brides on their wedding day that includes makeup applications, mani-pedis, and brow tints to match their wedding dress.
Head to Yuki Sharoni Beauty & Lifestyle and ask for Raya, and there will be no doubt who you mean—no last name necessary. Mention Madonna or Tyra, though, and Raya will probably think you’re referring to her former clients. That’s because during her 20-year aesthetics career, she’s found herself standing face to facial with household names on a number of occasions. Now she’s landed at Yuki Sharoni Beauty & Lifestyle, a salon and spa praised by press outlets including American Spa and Los Angeles Business Journal. Unlike an off-the-rack straitjacket, the spot is a great fit; its amenities—a Vichy shower, a custom-made jacuzzi with 18 jets, and a wet room—are as luxurious as her services.
Founded more than 25 years ago by dermatologists and aestheticians, Charlotte-James Skin Care has spent years refining its scientifically informed approach to skincare. Taking into account different skin types and conditions, treatments are custom designed to suit each customer's complexion. The microdermabrasion process, which reduces the visual impact of fine lines, sun damage, marker drawings, and cavernous pores, starts with a gentle cleansing of the face, neck, and chest. Fine crystals are drawn across the epidermis using vacuum pressure, dislodging dead skin cells and embedded raisins, which are subsequently washed away with a mild glycolic acid. Faces are then topped with a hydrating anti-inflammatory mask and given an antioxidant moisturizer and sunscreen rubdown, a pre-emptive measure against aggressive UV radiation. The green, organic chemical peel rejuvenates skin with a mix of biological and botanical enzymes that muscle their way past the layer of dead skin cells, causing them to peel like a banana skin softened by being soaked in warm butter.