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World Class
From Bombay to Beijing, cosmetic companies are unearthing a treasure trove of beauty secrets.
Read on for your passport to pretty.
By Regine Zamor
India: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
It’s no mystery that Indian women boast some of the longest, strongest, and shiniest strands in the world. Their secret? Using natural resources such as fenugreek seed, pepper, coconut milk, cashews, and neem oil to stimulate healthy hair growth. For a quick and easy take on traditional Indian hair care, comb coconut milk through your tresses an hour before you shampoo to hydrate, boost shine, and prevent split ends. Indian hair experts also recommend treating your scalp to an invigorating oil massage twice a week.
As for the hair you don’t want, there’s a classic Indian remedy for that too: threading. According to Lawrence and Reshma Monteiro of New York City’s popular Park Avenue salon the Perfect Shape, threading is a great alternative to painful plucking and waxing. “Threading is the only method that can remove the finest hairs from the roots without breaking the hair,” says Lawrence. In addition to reducing the risk of breakage and ingrowns, “it’s safer than waxing because there’s no chance that the skin will get burned." Plus, “it’s more precise—we have total control and can remove even a single hair at a time,” he explains. Results last up to four weeks, and it’s inexpensive (threading at the Perfect Shape starts at $5). So why are you waxing again?

Perfect Shape
By P.J. Gach

Groucho Marx. Marlene Dietrich. Albert Einstein. Bette Davis. Frieda Kahlo. Madonna. What do all these celebrities have in common? Distinctive eyebrows. Stop thinking that eyebrows just catch sweat; they also frame your eyes, and define your entire look. That’s why it’s so important to have well-defined, nicely shaped eyebrows.

Threading is an ancient Indian art. A cotton thread is swiftly applied to unwanted skin, and the hair is twisted and sheared off by the thread. Your eyes may tear a little, but the redness disappears in as little as 15 minutes. The results will last anywhere from three weeks to a month. Best of all, it’s a very fast procedure.
The Perfect Shape is a top notch threading salon in Gramercy Park owned by Reshma Monteiro. She grew up steeped in Indian Beauty traditions and learned so much about skin care from her Grandmother and other female relatives.

A year ago, she opened up Perfect Shape in Gramercy Park and it’s been an instant success. There’s a steady stream of customers every day of the week. Women of all ages want to sit in one of her soft white leather chairs, look at the lavender walls and become chic and soignée.
Reshma says that you can easily learn threading, “but the real technique is learning how to shape the brow. That takes a while. It’s like an art. You can study for years and never get it.”

Keep in mind that anything can be threaded; it just depends on your pain threshold. One of the pluses about threading is that it doesn’t promote wrinkles. According to Reshma, “with threading, all we touch is the hair. We don’t pull the skin like with waxing. Whenever you pull skin, there’s always a chance that you’re breaking it down and wrinkles can start.”

Perfect Shape also offers facials. You can choose from aromatherapy, fresh fruit (papaya, lemon, oranges) or precious metal facials. The precious metal facials help rejuvenate the skin. You have a choice of gold, pearl or platinum. They use extracts of each metal or jewel in the massage cream. Gold is for oily to dry skin. For very dehydrated skin a platinum facial is the prescription. The Perfect Shape also offers traditional waxing as well as Henna Tattoos.

Reshma also owns Shapes Threading Salon on 39th Street by 6th Avenue. It offers the same services and is open the same hours as the Gramercy Park salon. Their number is 917-592-5306. A third salon is planned in the near future.

The Perfect Shape Threading Salon
295 Park Avenue South (between 22nd and 23rd Street)

Mon – Fri 9:30AM – 7:30PM
Saturday 10AM – 7 PM
Sunday 11AM – 6 PM



  • Eyebrow $6.00
  • Upper Lip $5.00
  • Chin $5.00
  • Forehead $5.00
  • Sides $5.00
  • Full Face $25.00 (includes eyebrows)


  • Full Arms $25.00
  • Half Arms $15.00
  • Under Arms $10.00
  • Full Legs $35.00
  • Half Legs $18.00
  • Bikini Line $15.00
  • Brazilian $40.00
  • Full Legs $45.00
    & Bikini

Bela Motwani is going for the gold – a gold facial that is, an age-old beauty technique that's winning "glittering" reviews at one local salon.

“The regular facial usually takes care of a lot of exfoliation, which is necessary,” she says, “whereas a gold facial did all the rejuvenation part of it and got the skin to glow – that wasn't there in a regular facial.”

Forget jewelry, gold is now one of the latest accessorizes for your face.

The Perfect Shape is one of salons that offer gold as well as pearl and platinum facials. Owner Reshma Monteiro says this hot new service was inspired by the beauty traditions of India.

“My grandmother and others used to tell me that they put their ornaments like gold pearl and platinum, in the water,” says Monteiro. “They used to boil it for a couple of minutes, and they used to drink that water just to have a better glow on their skin and to keep the skin looking younger.”

“This is the same procedure,” she says, “but you can say in a modern way. We use actual pieces of 24 karat gold, pearl and platinum in the facial to get the same effect that we used to get in ancient times.”

The precious metals and pearl treatments follow a procedure similar to traditional facials to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

“We clean skin first,” says Monteiro. “Then we put cream on and massage it. Then we steam to open the pores, and we take out blackheads, the dirt, from the skin. We give a scrub to remove dry skin, and the last thing is the mask.”

Monteiro says the gold facial is great for all skin types.

The treatment also helps to fight the aging process. For de-pigmented and dehydrated skin, she recommends the platinum facial, and for extremely dry skin, you can try the pearl facial.

“We do pearl facials for dehydrated skin, especially for that very, very dry skin,” she says. “It actually gives lots of moisturizers to the skin.”

So what's the facial's weight in gold? The cost is about $$60 for either the pearl, platinum or gold facial, though the prices may vary depending on where you go.

- Shazia Khan

  38 East 23 Rd Street
New York, New York 10010
Mon - Fri : 9.30 am to 8.00 pm
Sat : 10.00am to 7.30 pm
Sun : 11.00am to 6.00 pm
Rockefeller is closed on SUNDAY

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