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.
Computers drove Flora Low to her career in the beauty industry. Armed with a degree in graphic design, Flora spent the first 25 years of her career with a printing company, but became increasingly dismayed by the amount of time she had to devote to mastering new computer technologies. She decided she wanted out and turned to a career in the beauty industry, partly because she wanted a career that revolved around personal interactions and partly because she didn?t want to work with any more computers. Now, at her own spa and salon, the aesthetician relies on her keen sense of design to help clients achieve flattering, natural looks using permanent makeup, noninvasive cellulite treatments, and rejuvenating facials.
The spa?s facial treatments can use specialized combinations of masks or exfoliating peels, imbuing cheekbones with a glow more youthful than that of a baby chandelier. For a more dramatic effect, the aestheticians can also apply permanent makeup to eye lines, lips, or brows. A permanent-makeup session with Flora requires a two-hour consultation to determine the perfect brow arch or lip line.
Though the spa always emphasizes that personal touch, the staff nonetheless employs an arsenal of aesthetic technology, as it recognizes that sometimes you need a little advanced machinery to achieve your beauty goals. Thus, technicians wield cellulite-reducing Starvac SP equipment to help tone the body and the CryoProbe cryotherapy machine to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
From the facials, to the massages, to the eyelash and waxing services, treatments at Glamor Beauty Group are as decadent and relaxing as they are effective. Classical and Tuscan touches make the chandelier-lit atmosphere feel as luxurious as the treatments themselves, while an experienced staff of aestheticians helps clients feel at home. Skincare seekers have an especially wide range of treatments to choose from. Whether opting for a mini facial, an oxygen facial to stock up before a trip to outer space, an ultrasonic bout of exfoliation, or a radio frequency face-lift, technicians help clients pick the service that is right for the individual, and carry out each treatment with deft expertise.
Certified massage therapist Monica Olivas has experience doing bodywork for professional athletes and Olympians. At Elite Bodyworks, she lends her skills to treatments that range from basic Swedish and deep-tissue massages to fire cupping and heated shell massages that stimulate circulation with natural herbs, oils, and heated seashells.
Clients can also take part in the spa's weight loss programs, which range from HCG therapies to body wraps. Full-body airbrush tanning, meanwhile, is available to help clients show off newly svelt contours or prep for their office's monthly Bo Derek lookalike contest.
The technicians at USA Beauty Group have a vast arsenal of beauty techniques and they aren't afraid to use it. Their specialty, Ultherapy, triggers the body's natural healing process to improve the look of loose or sagging skin with an ultrasound wand that encourages collagen growth. They also work with Botox, Restylane, Dysport, and other dermal fillers that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face or on the hand you use too often to wave "hello." Other skincare treatments range from vitamin-enriched facials to hair-targeting waxing services.
Organic jasmine, rose, or lavender oils can be found at Massage Dynasty, relaxing clients before the massage even begins. Inside the studio's wine-colored walls, therapists spread light layers of these oils over the body, letting them court the senses while administering Swedish, deep-tissue, or shiatsu massages. Massage therapists further ease tension by adding hot stones, paraffin baths, or sea-salt foot scrubs.