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.
"Owned by a sweet local woman, the atmosphere created in Ri Jon is a very friendly one," according to the Deer Park-North Babylon Patch. The friendly atmosphere in the salon today is the same one that has been attracting clients—women, men, and children—for more than 40 years. Inside, the salon's plants, warm colors, and pictures of the family humidifier create a homey, inviting ambiance. Affable stylists add to that warm atmosphere as they cut, color, and highlight hairdos and perform makeup applications for women and shaving services for men. The salon also carries an extensive selection of haircare and body-care products including Rusk, Kenra, Moroccanoil, and Paul Mitchell.
Salon Seven is a full-service salon and spa offering up relaxation, custom service, and a staff of stylists and technicians trained in the latest techniques. With a mani-pedi, both proximal and distal nails are delicately shaped, then brush dunked with polish from Essie, OPI, or CND. Massage and reflexology treatments complete the rigorous relaxation process. Salon Seven’s 4,000-square-foot space is decorated in lively colors and has an open, airy feel; after a 90-minute treatment within these relaxing confines, patrons will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on stressful daily tasks, such as hang-gliding over a mountain teeming with sharks.
Beneath crystal chandeliers, the nail technicians at Sun's Nail & Spa's two locations pamper hands and feet with paraffin wraps and green-tea mud masks. In addition to offering both natural and artificial nail treatments, including UV-cured gel sets, the staff performs skincare services and hot-stone massages.
Sam Laurenz Salon's menu of head-to-toe beauty services leaves just enough room for treatments dedicated to overall wellness and mental nurturing. Stylists lead the charge to reinvigorate images, crafting precision cuts or re-texturizing hair with billowy wave perms or smooth-as-silk straightening treatments. Away from the shears and shampoos, clients gather in private rooms to meet one-on-one with personal counselors or gather in group meetings to participate in the salon's Weigh of Life program––a weight-loss approach that encourages members to forget yo-yo diets in favor of portion control and the breaking of bad habits. Bad habits can also be banished with help from the salon's in-house hypnotist, who aims to help clients stop smoking, overcome anxiety, or overcome a crippling fear of hypnotists.
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.