Sugaring—the Egyptians have been doing it since 1900 BC. The hair-removal method uses a material made from sugar, lemon juice, and water that, when applied, doesn’t stick to skin cells, taking only hair with it when removed. At Sugaring Studio, the expertly trained staff understands the benefits of using their organic-skincare lineup. Sugaring Studio also offers lash extensions for those wanting to add a little something to the top.
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.
Brandy Harrison and the rest of the crew at City Salon and Spa divvy up pampering services for head-to toe TLC. Brandy wields a bowl of all-natural and organic sugaring mix in the pursuit of swiftly evicting unwanted hairs on legs, faces, and eyeballs, while other beauty pros slather vitamin C masks across faces.
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.
At Adonis Spa, aestheticians invoke the eponymous Greek god of beauty and follow tips that surface during in-depth consultations as they craft custom concoctions of plant-derived Pure Fiji skincare products. The spa sets a soothing tone the moment clients walk through the door: peaceful music wafts throughout the space, fruit-infused water or herbal tea beckons clients' palates, and aestheticians sing lullabies to stressed-out complexions. The treatments themselves also soothe. Therapists incorporate aromatherapy into their massages, for instance, and aestheticians cosset skin with plant- and mineral-derived products whenever possible.
At Teri Salon, nail technicians, cosmeticians, and lash specialists work together to keep clients' faces and nails looking their best. In signature eyebrow-threading services, expert staff define flattering new brow shapes by cleanly removing hairs. Other services include waxing, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup.