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.
The orange glow of a salt lamp softly illuminates the room as licensed massage therapist Andrew Kressel kneads organic, lavender-infused oil into his clients’ sore spots. He has been alleviating tension and pain for more than 15 years with massages customized to individual needs, myofascial therapy, and the Australian-born Bowenwork technique. Using the Bowenwork technique, he dispenses gentle strokes to lull the body into a deeply relaxed state, which can continue to develop throughout the following 10 days, much like a short game of Monopoly.
An ornate chandelier with dangling glass teardrops, an orchid plant with soft white petals, and a wall of tufted gold fabric greet guests as they step into Mist Nail Boutique and Day Spa. Patrons relax in modern, oversize square pedicure chairs with bolsters, pillows, and a teddy bear to cuddle. The sophistication continues in private rooms that host massages, facials, and azulene-waxing services, which work to minimize redness and irritation on sensitive skin.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa's staff of beautifiers tunes tendons and harmonizes physiques with an array of pampering services. During a 10-minute massage consultation, a massage therapist will determine the best way to melt tension and aches left over from stressful things such as jobs and stress. Each personalized 50-minute knot-kneading session combines several techniques to help relieve muscle tension, recharge bodily batteries by increasing circulation, and tranquillize the mind.
Pierre Giovanni Spa's aestheticians can trace many of their skincare remedies back to one place: the ocean. That's because the restorative powers of seaweed enhance many of their treatments, from their body wraps to the Deluxe European 4-Layer Facial. During the latter, four layers of seaweed are laid across faces to help firm skin—a more advisable method than using liquid concrete as your morning lotion.
Not every service relies on seaweed however. Others employ products from brands such as Repêchage and Cures by Avancé, while an anti-aging facial incorporates marine clay, and a sinus relief facial uses peppermint and eucalyptus scents as decongesting aromatherapy. As these treatments would indicate, the staff puts an emphasis on personalization, striving to leave all skin types refreshed and clear. To that end, they often conduct a detailed analysis at the beginning of appointments to pinpoint the best facial for the client. They might also recommend add-ons, such as an exfoliating microdermabrasion or a soothing hot stone massage.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.