For centuries, women in Eastern countries have relied on threading techniques to remove errant hair. Today, the technicians at Kira Threading have it down to a veritable science—with help from its incredibly simple nature. During sessions, a threading specialist rolls and twists a thin cotton thread across the skin, removing multiple hairs at the follicle level and doing so in a straight line. That precision makes the technique ideal for shaping eyebrows. Unlike waxing, which can leave the skin red, irritated, and prone to attracting candlewicks, threading removes only the hair and leaves the skin fuzz-free for up to a month around the arms, brows, and chin.
Internationally trained stylist and makeup artist Sonal Pandya lives her dream of beautifying “anyone with hair and skin” with techniques culled from the Far East. Her approach to beauty is a blend of creativity with an eye for detail developed during 22 years of experience. She demonstrates her perfectionism through intricate patterns of henna body artwork and precision threading, which sharpens eyebrows without the use of chemicals or inflicting near-sightedness. Sonal also preps brides for their big day with makeup applications and hairstyles that twist and layer locks into Escher-esque updos adorned with decorative beads and stones.
Since 2009, Eyebrow Beauty's stylists have created clean, sharp brow lines with threading, a hair-removal technique that originated in India. They twist loops of organic cotton thread to remove hair without irritating the skin surrounding follicles. Patrons can also opt for threading on the chin, upper lip, arms, and other areas.
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.
The depilation experts at Sameera Eyebrow Threading, a salon owned by husband-and-wife team Samir and Meera, specialize in beautifying faces through the middle eastern method of threading. By twisting doubled cotton filaments in quick, precise flicks, they uproot stray hairs to create graceful arches along brow lines or sleek racing stripes down calves. This technique can also be used to de-fuzz upper lips and cheeks. For the rest of the body, they rely on wax to banish stubble and render skin baby smooth. Beyond hair removal, the salon caters to many other aesthetic needs with a menu of services that includes haircuts and color treatments, facials, bridal makeup, henna art, and teeth whitening.
Island Tan OC believes everyone looks better with a tan, and it helps clients achieve that sun-kissed glow with traditional horizontal tanning beds, standup booths, and spray tanning. Its gold-level standup booth keeps bodies cool with body fans, which circulate air more efficiently than staffers frantically waving their arms. Bronze-level reclining beds come with client-controlled facial tanners, and Mystic Tan spray booths and custom airbrush bronzing offer UV-free options. After a gilding session, patrons can further adorn their limbs with the shop's supply of bikinis, jewelry, and makeup.