Sugaring in New York City

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Smita Harmalkar, aesthetician and owner of Saloni Threading Salon, beautifies male and female patrons with threading and all-natural spa techniques she picked up during her formative years in India. Smita gently shapes eyebrows with wound cotton thread, a centuries-old technique developed in Asia. Sugar waxing clears larger patches of hair with a blend of sugar, lemon juice, and herbs, a mixture that grips individual hair shafts but, like an inexpensive tattoo, won’t stick to skin. Smita also administers rejuvenating facials that combine aromatherapeutic Shaffali skincare products with pressure-point massages on the hands, feet, and ears. Treatments take place in a salon space whose rich saffron walls and printed crimson designs draw on Indian decor, accented with a chandelier of dangling ruby pendants.

853 Broadway, #612
New York,
NY
US

Brow Zone's image-minded staff refines visages through artful eyebrow threading and waxing treatments alongside a medley of personalized skin services. By swiftly looping fine cotton thread around entire rows of unwanted hair, threading specialists can sculpt brow shapes that are "cleanly arched and very finished," according to New York magazine. Both threading and waxing polishes a range of corporeal locales, from defuzzing the face to evicting undesired bristles from bikini zones. Licensed aestheticians work to purify and refine a variety of skin types with a slate of facials, which target fine lines, help alleviate acne, and eliminate lingering caricature artists.

56 E 13th St
New York,
NY
US

Perfect Brows NYC doesn’t just remove hair above the eyes; the studio removes it from all over the body using three different methods. Its threading services uproot follicles on the face with a twisted cotton thread. And during waxing services, a thin layer of molten wax covers fuzzy areas and adheres to hairs before pulling them from the root. The third method used, called sugaring, is an organic alternative that removes hair with a natural paste made from sugar, lemon juice, guar gum, and water. This method is proven to provide less breakage and ingrown hairs and to leave clients with skin as smooth as a newborn dolphin. Each method provides a blank canvas for the studio’s other services, which include henna work and facials.

723 W 181st St
New York,
NY
US

Richard Cacase knows from personal experience that an external makeover can illuminate a person's state of mind. His goal has always been to make people feel good by looking good—something that he's strived to achieve since 1996. Richard spends time with each client who enters into Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center's sage green walls, leading consultations to determine primary concerns and devise suitable treatment plans. Skincare regimens may include deep-cleaning skin with organic facials, exfoliating with chemical peels, or vanquishing unwanted hair with stern looks and electrolysis. Visits to the spa are enhanced by a cozy fireplace, ambient music, and complimentary wine, water, and juice.

96 E 7th St
New York,
NY
US

With six locations peppering Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, Precise Brows’ fleet of trained waxers keeps faces and bodies looking polished. Waxing banishes unwanted fur from arms, legs, stomachs, and bikini areas, and hairstylists shear off split ends from scalps and blow-dry remaining lengths into sleek shape. Faces fearful of wax can forgo the sticky stuff in favor of threading services available from the neck up. Taking a break from bristle, the staff can also enhance winks with eyelash extensions or etch beautiful black or herbal henna onto skin to ready it for a special occasion or camouflage regretful tattoos of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

428 E 14th St
New York,
NY
US

Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.

212 E 29th St
New York,
NY
US