Smooth, hairless skin is an essential component of Olympic swimming triumphs, painless band-aid removals, and good solid holds for false beards and phony armpit tufts. Remove fuzzy remnants so you can plant more flattering fake follicles with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of threading, waxing, facials, or henna tattoo work at Saloni Threading Salon at Union Square.
Led by Smita Harmalkar, a cosmetologist and esthetician with more than a decade of experience in India and the U.S., Saloni Threading Salon bestows beauty upon eager customers with services inspired by ancient Asian techniques. Developed centuries ago in the Middle East and India, the threading hair removal uses a taut cotton fiber to lift out stubborn bristles one line at a time for precise results. Clients can define ambiguous eyebrows ($17) or go for the bald-faced whopper with treatment for the full face ($45).
Alternatively, the reluctantly bushy can weed their epidermal gardens with Saloni's all-natural sugaring (starting at $24 for under arms) or oil-based waxing (starting at $20 for under arms). Concocted from a secret blend of sugar, lemon juice, and herbs, the salon's sugar wax is less likely to stick to skin than conventional wax, bringing relief to sensitive surface cells so they can focus on burning their unsent love letters. Starting at $20, pain-free henna tattoos decorate unused ankle-space for up to three weeks of stylish embellishment.
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Smita Harmalkar, aesthetician and owner of Saloni Threading Salon, beautifies male and female patrons with threading and all-natural spa techniques she picked up during her formative years in India. Smita gently shapes eyebrows with wound cotton thread, a centuries-old technique developed in Asia. Sugar waxing clears larger patches of hair with a blend of sugar, lemon juice, and herbs, a mixture that grips individual hair shafts but, like an inexpensive tattoo, won’t stick to skin. Smita also administers rejuvenating facials that combine aromatherapeutic Shaffali skincare products with pressure-point massages on the hands, feet, and ears. Treatments take place in a salon space whose rich saffron walls and printed crimson designs draw on Indian decor, accented with a chandelier of dangling ruby pendants.
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