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.
During 8th Wonder Spa's signature reflexology sessions, guests lounge in cushy recliners as they look out through the spa's windows at an ocean of clear aqua-green water and trained reflexologists work on relieving tension through their feet. Other services allow for the same level of indulgence, including a foot soak featuring a wooden tub of Chinese-herb–infused water and head-to-fingernail massages that instill relaxation with novel sensations. Aromatic massage lotion enhances massages, during which fully clothed guests recline onto a table as skilled therapists activate pressure points and birthmarks all over the body with gentle tapping.
Guests at Relax Spa and Beauty – Skincare Studio, winner of Citysearch's Best Relaxation Massage 2008, unwind with head-to-toe treatments. Aestheticians exfoliate complexions with one of their relaxing facials, uncovering brighter skin and erasing war paint left over from games of capture the flag. A collection of massage services coaxes tension from muscles, and body treatments remove dead skin cells from the surface with handmade scrubs or a eucalyptus body wash that cleans off unwanted grime and attracts neighborhood koala bears.
Celebrating their 10th year in business, Relax Spa and Beauty has temporarily relocated while they work to remodel and expand their original location. The updated location will reopen with a new look, services, products, and more. During the transition, clients can still take advantage of some of their award-winning services at their skincare studio, located inside Salon Republic.
Under the guidance of the medical directors, the health and beauty experts at Smooth Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Spa promote wellness with a variety of clinical and holistic treatments. A doctor or nurse can facilitate medical services, such as cosmetic injectables or Titan infrared-light laser skin-tightening sessions. Licensed aestheticians tone facial features with micronized-current LumiLift treatments, and massage therapists loosen muscles with deep-tissue or trigger point therapy massages. To enhance internal well-being, however, guests turn to a reiki master or certified hypnotherapist for help overcoming anxiety, reducing stress, or quitting bad habits.
The spa's interior promotes a sense of relaxation. A full-length mural depicts a tranquil, rock-lined seascape with pink flowers and verdant plants, and the other walls are bathed in calming sea-green and maroon tones.
At Beauty by Marina, steady-handed professional makeup artist and eyebrow-shaping specialist Marina enhances clients’ natural features with artistic daytime and evening looks for weddings and other special occasions. After consulting with clients, Maria sharpens ocular over-scores and finishes foundation with striking or subtle hues and vibrant shimmers to create dramatic looks for strutting down a red carpet, aisle, or airport moving walkway.
A verdant garden and soothing fountains surround Burbank Spa and Garden as expert beauty buffs and muscle manipulators forge illuminated images and stress-free physiques with a multitude of spa services. A 55-minute deep-tissue massage, applied amid suffuse lighting, can relieve subterranean stress and muscle strain garnered from a busy home life or competitive tree-climbing agenda at the office. During a classic spa manicure and pedicure, finger festoonery can be coddled and cultivated as feet are gratified to match their opposable-thumbed upstairs neighbors. Nail mavens will cleanse, shape, and groom nails and cuticles before a fist-freeing massage and polish application.