Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
Personally trained by the owner, the experienced staff at Ketna’s Beauty & Threading preens and prettifies clients with an array of hair services. Threading employs a twisted piece of cotton to grasp and pluck strands from the skin all the way down to the root and follicle bomb shelter, creating a tidy, clean-cut hairline. Lasting 5–15 minutes per service and resulting in up to four weeks of hairlessness, threading ranges from eyebrow shaping ($7.99) and upper-lip hair removal ($5) to whisker extraction from the chin ($5+) and the neck ($5+).
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
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.
Upon studying a client's bone structure and overall look, Javan Salon & Supply's stylists reshape their hair with a personalized design and let their combined 20 years of experience do the talking. The salon’s services outfit customers with the perfect splash of hair color, unlike a paint-filled balloon fight. Along with their styling smarts, the Javan Salon & Supply team enriches each customer's appearance with a stock of haircare products from brand names such as Paul Mitchell and Sebastian.
The beauty professionals at Hair-Do and Threading Salon have a huge bag of tricks when it comes to beautifying and protecting skin. Blending henna-tree leaves and oil, they can create a henna ink that is applied to the skin in ornate patterns, where it turns a red or rust color. The staff can improve skin’s health, too, with meticulous and hygienic services including facials that unclog pores and brighten skin. They can remove unwanted hair by the roots by lassoing strands with 100% cotton thread or carefully employing warm wax.
The staff goes beyond skin to deliver high-end hair services that use Goldwell, Pravana, and Matrix hair color. Stylists can remove split ends or reverse perms. They can add dimension to flat hair with highlights and 3-D glasses. The staff also performs free ear piercing for customers who purchase earrings and want to add sparkle to their stylish look.