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.
As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
Skincare treatments rarely stop at the skin at Naya Fresh Body Spa Aveda. Instead the staff members strive to make every appointment an indulgent experience that leaves guests' bodies and spirits feeling rejuvenated. Botanically derived Aveda products and exfoliating Clarisonic Pro technology allow aestheticians to restore a naturally radiant glow around the cheekbones while minimizing the appearance of everything from fine lines to sun spots. Body wraps infuse the skin with nutrient-rich salves made from herbs, grapeseed oils, warm seaweed, peppermint, and other invigorating ingredients. For an immersive escape, the massage therapists can soothe tense muscles or recenter the body's chakras by using specialized combinations of therapeutic or relaxation-inducing modalities. This relaxing setting is complemented by the day spa's dec?r, which includes walls adorned with works by an assortment of featured artists as opposed to mischievous children hiding in a trench coat.
Earthly Body's collection of natural, vegan, and paraben-free skincare and bodycare products has caught the eye of an array of media outlets, such as Allure and Lucky magazines, with its hydrating hemp-oil bases and cruelty-free lineup. Candles melt into a candle pot with wax that can also be used as a warm massage oil, postcleansing moisturizer, or elbow cream for dry pet elephants. Earthly Body’s haircare line, Marrakesh, infuses each tendril-smoothing solution with Moroccan argan oil and three signature scents (original, High Tide, and Dreamsicle) to bolster frizz-free manes. Mineral-based makeups dust across facescapes without the harsh chemicals or pore-clogging guilt found in animal-tested products.
Alex Maz knew his calling at the age of 17, when he started designing hair and exploring a fervent interest in fashion and art. The advanced master stylist trained with L'Or?al in Europe and Vidal Sassoon in the United States and now leads a team of stylists with close to 25 years of industry experience as the owner of MAZ Aveda Hair Studio.
The crew specializes in coloring, texturizing, and styling hair as well as restorative treatments and soothing facials with the organic and naturally derived ingredients in the Aveda line of products. The studio features light fixtures that resemble huge, spherical snowflakes, satin-draped walls, and orchids, a species amongst which chemically straightened petals are currently all the rage.
Because different skin types require different tanning methods, the owners of Venetian Tan and Spa stock their private treatment rooms with a diverse selection of UV beds, automated Mystic Tan booths, and trained airbrush artists. UV beds build up bronze hues through gradual exposure to controlled rays, whereas Mystic booths dispense a UV-free choice of clear or bronzer-enhanced sprays that show off golden tones like King Midas’s grandmother. For a more individualized touch, airbrush artists spray bodies with custom strokes of DHA pigment for a sun-kissed glow that lasts up to seven days. The spa further polishes exteriors with slimming infrared body wraps and IPL facials, which work to improve skin from the inside out.