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.
Lorine Mikhaeil leads a busy life. A trained nurse and a certified permanent makeup artist, she helms Organic Permanent Makeup (OPM) as well as Zena Day Spa, Derma Blush, and American Permanent Cosmetics Institute. But no matter how busy Lorine gets, she always takes her time with her clients.
At OPM, Lorine uses a semi-permanent organic ink to expertly define brows, lips, eyelids, and even areolas for those affected by breast cancer. This metal-free formulation gives her greater control when she is applying the ink into the upper dermal layer. During these treatments, Lorine uses an advanced power pin and for brows a specialized hairbrush stroke method that she invented herself, which gives the illusion of 3D brow strands. To ensure clients are inked with complementing colors, Lorine refers to the Fitzpatrick skin type chart to make sure brows match their skin tone and auras.
Though OPM's name focuses on one service, the boutique spa's menu is brimming with a range of other aesthetic treatments. Strands stand no chance against OPM's three hair removal systems, which include waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. Alternately, dermal fillers and microdermabrasions keep complexions firm and looking younger than a toddler holding a newborn dolphin.
A lot of people get manicures and pedicures for the results. Nail Garden is intent on making sure their clients enjoy the process, as well. After settling into a pedicure chair with a cup of tea or glass of wine, your feet soak in a pipe-free basin with orange slices floating on the water's surface. Nail techs perform a hand or foot massage with each treatment, often using a warmed anti-oxidant oil.
And Nail Garden's techs promise that if your polish chips within the first 72 hours after you get your nails done, they'll redo it and you won't have to pay a single cent in return or give them one of your treasured livestock. These extra touches have drawn a noteworthy crowd, with Us Weekly reporting visits from celebs such as Vanessa Hudgens.
In addition to spa manicures and pedicures, the staff performs treatments such as lash tintings, lash-extension applications, and teeth whitening. Depending on the location, decor elements might include hand-blown light pendants or preserved trees.
A makeup artist who honed her eye-enhancing skills at NovaLash Academy, Christine Reed creates fringe-laden masterpieces that adorn the eyes of women across the city. Her rigorous attention to detail and extensive training within programs such as JB Lashes have earned her a loyal clientele that includes celebrities ranging from Joss Stone and Angela Bassett to Jessica Rabbit. Within her eponymous boutique salon, the certified lash technician revamps patrons’ appearances via services ranging from installing mink eyelash extensions to deploying a photon/galvanic skin-tightening facial to revive sagging skin. Along with her signature lash extensions and specialized facials, Christine also performs mani-pedis, airbrush makeup, organic airbrush tans, and facial waxing. She also extends specialized services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Dionne Phillips is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry of eyelash extensions. After years of developing a large celebrity clientele, Dionne now operates her own modern and state-of-the-art studio, D’Lashes by Dionne Phillips, in the Salon Republic facilities of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, meaning anyone can swing through to receive her signature treatment. Eyelash extension procedures at D’lashes are generally painless and take no more than two hours, during which patrons get to chat with the very sociable Dionne herself in a comfortable studio setting. She uses individual custom-made lashes that attach to the patrons natural eyelashes, providing a full and durable look that is both water safe and easy to maintain. And the best part? The lashes last up to eight weeks, making mascara and other supplemental eyelash treatments unnecessary.