Eternal, the Spa's wax-wielders keep skin smooth and bodies free of troublesome sprouts, targeting zones listed on a menu of waxing services. Stomachs criss-crossed with wispy strands ($10), legs encased in hairy stockings ($60+), backs ($45+), and lips marred by a shadowy presence ($15) are left with nary a hair standing to contest their claim of silky smoothness. Alternately, in two separate sessions, Brazilian waxes delicately prep bodies for bikini season or skimpy snowpants. Depending on the size of the area and the density of hair, waxings take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
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 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.
Phountain Health was founded on the theory that staying healthy involves balancing the body's pH levels. In addition to bottling pH-balancing alkaline water—avilable for demonstration and soon to be available via delivery—Phountain Health hosts infrared-sauna sessions, which aim to improve circulation and oust toxins, as do the spa's ionic detoxifying footbaths. The business' communal approach can also be seen in hot-yoga classes, where clients work out together rather than sit alone on the couch sipping battery acid.
Prior to opening her own studio, Couture Facials, licensed aesthetician Jessica hopped from the East Coast across the pond to Italy and Paris on a quest for the finest European skincare products. She returned to the United States and recruited a staff of beauty professionals to make use of her findings during a slew of skincare services. Each of the staff members is well-trained to perform a number of services, from exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments to anti-aging facials. Some treatments, such as the Fully Loaded facial, include a relaxing massage; others require the spa’s licensed massage therapists to step in and exclusively cater to tense muscles during deep-tissue, Swedish, and lava-stone massages. Though Couture Facials offers a relaxing environment to unwind, clients can also request at-home services, which save them the trouble of traveling or overcoming their fears of being attacked by a cloud.
Joseph D'Antona, The Balance Health & Wellness Center's managing director and winner of the Long Island Press's Best Acupuncturist award for 2011, orchestrates a team of talented therapists who garnered a nod from the same publication for 2011's Best Massage. The expert staff designs each of the spa's services to dissipate stress and remove toxins acquired from holding hands with radioactive superheroes. Jaunts in the far-infrared sauna and water-fueled colon-hydrotherapy sessions promote wellness and are just two of the center's 25 salutary treatments. Spa procedures, such as cleansing, exfoliating facials, soothing hot-stone massages, and acoustic-wave cellulite-reduction therapy beautify bodies and promote a sense of deep relaxation. D'Antona takes a holistic approach to improving the health of clients, and he and the staff make communication a priority throughout each guest's treatment experience, unlike doctors who simply flick a dart at a diagnostic chart.