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 locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either 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 of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
At Aurora Nail & Skin Salon, the beauty experts aim to maintain a comfortable environment by bolstering each service with friendly conversation. As nail techs lay hot stones onto feet or gently dab OPI polish onto nails, they swap stories with their clients and mimic the experience of having nails done by a good friend. Dermalogica products nurture and heal facial skin, and gentle Jane Iredale makeup products accent lips, eyes, and vestigial rhino horns.
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—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.
Signature Skin Care began more than 60 years ago, when a passionate couple opened a local hair salon. Fast-forward to the present, and the salon now functions under their daughter, Betty, with beauty services performed by her daughter, Karen—a licensed and certified aesthetician. Using all-natural products that are free of chemicals, artificial fragrances, and dyes, Karen treats bodies to services such as the salon’s signature facial, which blends deep cleansing with toning massage, skin analysis, and steam therapy. She also performs myriad other beauty treatments that range from peels and microdermabrasion to eyelash and hair extensions.
Though it’s been open for only a few years, Cristina's Hair Salon amasses more than three decades of experience inside its welcoming confines, thanks to its veteran stylists. Once they’re in styling chairs, clients offer up their strands to the team’s expert straightening treatments, highlights, all-over color, and updos, and they emerge with magazine-worthy looks without actually taping pictures of hair models to their heads. The stylists also specialize in artistically placing small bursts of color in hair, as well as cutting children’s hair.