More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Tropical Rendezvous helps bodies stay bronze year-round with a wealth of equipment that includes tanning beds, standup units, and Mystic Tan spray-tan booths. Airbrush tanning may be performed by hand for natural-looking application. Knowledgeable tanning consultants work with clients to plan the best tanning packages and select the proper lotions from a variety of brands including Miami Ink, Australian Gold, and California Tan. If a client prefers a specific lotion that is not carried, the salon will order it or send for it via singing telegram.
Desiree Chmura was a featured aesthetician at the 2010 Aesthetic Everything Oscar Gifting Suite, and, as she pampered famous pores before the Academy Awards, she realized she wanted to open up her own med spa. She's trained in a sweeping array of medical-grade skincare and cosmetic disciplines and has advised listeners on Cosmo's XM radio show on how to reduce inches with a seaweed wrap and how to ensnare a crush with a pair of tweezers.
To create her spa, Desiree corralled a staff of nurses and aestheticians. With treatments that range from deep-cleansing facials and ear candling to dermal fillers and photofacials, guests of all beautification goals can find a service right for them.
At Visage Skincare Spa and Cosmetic Laser Center, a highly trained staff cultivates beauty and wellness with relaxation services and anti-aging treatments. Part med spa and part day spa, the facility teems with massage therapists who knead away muscle tension, paramedical aestheticians who tighten skin with Thermage treatments, and board-certified nurse practitioners who inject FDA-approved wrinkle smoothers such as Botox and Juvéderm. More high-tech than a horse-drawn spaceship, a Visia imaging system guides complexion analyses, measuring sun damage and hyperpigmentation to help technicians build custom skincare plans. The spa also doubles as a party destination, where revelers can indulge in champagne and hors d’oeuvres between facials and massages.
For the past decade, licensed massage therapist Jodi Werner Ramoska has sharpened her skills at various local spas in the area. She now harnesses that experience as the head of Massage Source, where she offers a curated menu of treatments that include Swedish, reflexology, and medical massage. For any massage, there are optional add-ons, too: the therapeutic scents of aromatherapy; the hot stone therapy, which helps to further relax muscles; and a peppermint sinus treatment, which helps clears out sinuses and makes everything smell like Christmas.
The staffers at Vital Image Salon beautify clients' skin and hair—without the aid of harsh chemicals. During keratin smoothing treatments, stylists douse hair in Peter Coppola Keratin Complex, which calms frizz and flyaways without a trace of formaldehyde. Similarly, staffers bestow clients' skin with a healthy, bronze glow using SunFX products, which use all-natural ingredients and—like a carrot costume that's been sitting in the attic for far, far too long—won't look orange.
At Skincare By Gina, licensed aesthetician Gina knows that everyone has different skin. That's why she always starts her appointments with a thorough skin analysis. She customizes her array of anti-aging treatments, such as microdermabrasion, whitening facials, and glycolic peels, to suit each client's skin. In addition to turning back beauty clocks, she also elongates lashes with extensions and removes unwanted hair with waxing treatments.
The staff at Maria’s Style & File specializes in haircuts and coloring treatments. Stylists aid in personal reinvention by crafting fresh haircuts, adding flattering highlights, and smoothing locks with keratin treatments that give hair a smooth and silky luster.
Arizona Tanning Salon offers three modes to jazz up your skin: UV tanning, VersaSpa sunless tanning, and trendy apparel. Those seeking a sun-inspired glow can step into a standup or lie-down tanning bed to acquire a darker hue in 8, 10, or 12 minutes. For those looking to dodge UV rays, the VersaSpa booth coats epidermises in natural-looking color. Pre- or post-tanning, clients can peruse the salon's store of designer duds and accessories.
Although they moved to new, larger digs in April 2012, the team of expert stylists at Renaissance Salon still delivers the same trusted cuts, colors, and salon services that they've been doling out since 2007. Senior colorists Jennifer and Jessica excel at enriching locks with dimensional color, whereas bridal expert Krista dominates when it comes to readying clients for weddings. Michelle issues precision snips that transform played-out looks into fashionable 'dos, and trendsetter Julie remains ever-vigilant in the hunt for the most adventurous styles. The senior teams is joined by a crew of five fellow stylists and two assistants, but no matter their relative experience levels, their training expectation remains the same; all staff members at Renaissance Salon are required to attend at least two advanced-training seminars annually.
Serving more than 5,000 clients since 2007, Dr. Ismail Ozcan and the rest of the experienced staff at Oz Medi-Spa Center wield a laser to combat acne, wrinkles, sun spots, pregnancy masks, and unsightly body hair. Male and female technicians are available to operate the device, which emits pulsating beams of light that penetrate the layers of skin to tend to issues. Dr. Ozcan also performs laser-free fixers, including Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Belotero injections, as well as microdermabrasion and varicose vein treatments. The center is open six days a week with flexible appointment times.
Sweety Beauty Salon has the basics covered. Haircuts, bold color, and facial and body waxing options have their slots on the service menu. However, its stylists and aestheticians also delve into more specialized territory. They offer refreshing facials, facial threading, and eyelash extensions. In addition, they adorn clients' skin with henna tattoos, which showcase the exquisite detail of the Indian body art form.
Drawing from more than 13 years of experience, the technicians at Jia Jia Nail & Spa Inc. pamper and protect hands and feet with manicures and pedicures. But the team doesn't rely on their files, clippers, and finger-size neckties alone to make nails look good; they also add length and sheen with customizable UV gel applications.
Signature Service: Floatation Therapy, Stimulus Reduction
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
At The Float Place, regular folks can do in an hour what it has taken gurus of all stripe decades to achieve—tune out external distractions. Inside the sensory deprivation tank , clients ease into a hygienic saline solution heated to their exact body temperature. The solution keeps them buoyant, creating the feeling of weightlessness while the pod keeps out noise, light, and demons.
In addition to creating a deep sense of relaxation, people report all manner of benefits, including relief from insomnia, headaches, and even addiction.
Dianne Ciprano knows the benefits of a good education. The skin specialist trained at both the Gloria Francis Institute of Beauty and the New York Institute of Beauty, perfecting the skills that she now uses every day at When Style Counts. When she isn’t cleansing pores or softening skin with seven types of facials, Dianne continues to brush up on the latest spa techniques through continuing education courses at Dermal Institute in NYC. One thing she has learned is not to skimp on products. That’s why she reaches for professional Repechage serums as she tailors her treatments to soothe sensitive skin or cover up exposed circuitry.