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.
Long Island Laser Hair Therapy, a member of the HairLoss.com Association, stimulates hair regrowth for men and women with laser therapy alongside DHT-blocking supplements that sustain post-treatment growth. After a digital microscopic scalp analysis, clients recline in a cozy chair as a European-developed cosmetic laser rejuvenates flagging follicles. As the laser bolsters blood flow around the scalp, hair loss ceases in 93 percent of clients. The treatment can pump up hair volume by 25 percent and foster thicker, fuller hair for hair transplant clients and shedding Koosh balls.
Much like its treatments, Bocu Salon and Day Spa's decor blends old and new. A curved black awning spreads over the threshold, ushering visitors into a bright, neutral-toned studio where minimalist salon stations contrast against a giant reproduction of The Birth of Venus. The steady trickle of an indoor waterfall creates a soothing soundtrack for the salon and spa treatments, which range from classic cuts and massages to advanced keratin treatments and oxygen-infused facials. The spa maintains a modern approach to sanitation—from the pedicure stations to the Vichy shower—while taking an old-fashioned approach to customer service, offering robes, lockers, and optional lunches for guests.
Aria 366's massage therapist and aesthetician pries the signs of stress from the grip of muscles head to toe, leaving clients refreshed both physically and mentally. In the single-person massage room, their massages incorporate therapeutic and relaxing modalities accentuated with hot stones, warm towels, or scented oils upon request. To address skincare concerns, facials generate dramatic change by utilizing everything from grapefruit and honeysuckle extracts to ultrasonic therapy and LED microcurrent technology. Body treatments improve skin tone and texture below the chin, nourishing with mineral-rich volcanic ash and sea minerals to leave skin as soft and radiant as a bonfire fueled by silk bathrobes.
Jackie could't count the number of years she's been a nail technician on two hands—she'd need to include her toes to cover her two decades of experience. Over that time, Jackie has mastered the dexterous art of painting fingers and toes with polish and shellac, the latter of which lasts longer and resists chipping. She also applies acrylics and gels to nails in both vibrant and natural-looking designs. Clients might leave her station with the white tips indicative of a French manicure, or with tiny flowers on their nails that lure hummingbirds to perch on outstretched pinkies. Jackie also performs foot soaks that release toxins through the feet's approximately 500 thousand sweat glands.
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.