Plush, black chairs line the walls at Greatest Nails & Spa, cushioning clients as licensed manicurists and aestheticians pamper them from head to toe. An expansive menu of nail services cossets cuticles and keratin on hands and feet, augmenting mani-pedis with more than a dozen add-ons such as paraffin dips and 3-D designs. Enriching skin treatments and facials enlist Oro Gold, a nontoxic line of skincare products infused with 24-karat gold, to stimulate blood circulation and help coordinate complexions with ornate palace ceilings. The salon also facilitates group pampering with gatherings targeted toward bachelorette and bridal parties, as well as kid-centric soirees for girls aged 12 and younger.
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.
Clients may flock to LA Eyebrow for threading—a service that reshapes the brow by using a fine cotton thread—but they stay for the custom skincare treatments. Diamond-tip microdermabrasion whisks away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion, and four types of facials are enhanced with a custom mask, vitamin-rich essential oils, and skincare products from Yonka. Although the shop’s signature brow-shaping services can keep hairs from returning for up to three weeks, its eyelash extensions keep synthetic mink lashes firmly affixed for nearly twice as long. Technicians use a specially formulated adhesive that never touches the skin, allowing natural lashes to continue to grow out and giving them the freedom to come and go as they please.
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.
Kathleen Corbett is a color-correction specialist with 10 years of experience as a salon owner and 5 years of experience as a Joico educator. She has traveled throughout the United States to teach haircutting and coloring techniques to other hairstylists, and has worked with some of the top artists in the industry. On a regular day, however, you'll find her designing new hairstyles at Salon Paz, drawing on years of experience to reconstruct and add vibrant color to healthy locks.
In a new crimson-trimmed interior, Sense of Joy Spa’s licensed technicians balance inner tranquility and outer beauty with doting spa services that employ Guinot skincare products. The revitalizing European facial begins with gentle cleansers that trail across lips, noses, eyes, the décolleté, and second noses, succeeded by exfoliation and extractions as needed. Staffers knead away tension holed up in shoulders, necks, and upper arms before brewing a mask customized to specific epidermal types and afflictions. Sultry pouts and stressed-out peepers steep in a beautifying elixir while employees shift their focus to hands and feet.