By Srianthi Perera
Rambha Singh believed that combining the best of East and West would work miracles for her beauty business.
So far it has turned out well.
The founder of Rambha Day Spa & Salon, at the southeast corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights roads in Chandler, said she has built a steady clientele.
“I’m here due to my followers; it’s word-of-mouth popularity,” she said.
Singh operates the beautifully appointed day spa with the help of a dedicated team including cosmetologist Mari Gallego, master aesthetician Jennifer Wagner, receptionist Inder Kaur and massage therapist Jason Beals.
Singh has a license to practice cosmetology in the United States and in India. The spa uses Shanaz Husain herbal and ayurvedic beauty products from India, and the Dermalogica skin care range produced in the United States.
The products and the treatments are chosen according to the client’s particular beauty needs. The careful analysis by Singh and her staff beforehand go a long way to achieving success, she said.
Among the popular treatments are nonsurgical face lifting, facials such as vitamin infusions, thermos herbal, acne clearing and glycolic peel, skin tag removal, massage services, including the hot oil massage for hair, and last but not the least, eyebrow threading.
Threading is an Indian technique that uses cotton thread to remove unwanted facial hair. It is less painful than waxing or tweezing and is a good way to shape the eyebrows. Singh was one of the first beauticians to practice threading in Arizona, she claimed, and it has become “very popular” here, she said. On a good day, Rambha gets about 40 clients for threading.
Singh came to the United States in 2001 from a small town in the port city of Visakhapathnam in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. The town is small, but her determination was large—she was resolved to do well for herself and go on to help people in her hometown.
She married an engineer at age 17 and learned the art of cosmetology and gained experience in her native land. In Chandler, she first worked in day care, then joined a salon to familiarize herself with the American methods.
In 2011, she established the day spa and a restaurant, called Bay Leaf Café, in a 9,000-square-feet facility in Chandler. Nowadays, she has rented the restaurant space to an operator from Florida, who has named it Curry Bowl, and who offers an extensive menu and a dinner buffet.
Singh has also rented space to Victoria Nails and does not offer nail services in her own day spa.
The 6,000-square-foot space day spa consists of four, inter-connected suites dedicated to specific services. The first one is the hotel lobby-like welcoming area with its central reception desk and seating for waiting clients; the second bears the hair styling stations; the third contains multi-functional treatment rooms for couple’s spa treatment, massage, facial and waxing rooms; while the fourth and last is earmarked for eyebrow threading and makeup.
With a firm belief in paying it forward, Singh has plans and dreams devoting her future life to charity work. Even now, she helps upkeep a girls’ school in her village in India and volunteers in the community.
Hard work is the mainstay of life, she said.
“I started very small,” she noted. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what language you talk, if you’re hard working, you can do well.”
Rambha Day Spa and Salon is at 955 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Details: 480-394-0769 or rambhadayspa.com.