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.
At Embrace Yoga Center, the instructors focus first on helping folks find self-acceptance. Rather than forcing people into traditional molds, yogis help everyone find their comfort level. That means offering classes that range from calm meditation to intensive vinyasa, or leading holistic counseling sessions. Along with yoga classes, the center offers massage therapy and hypnotherapy that helps participants overcome everything from nicotine addiction to a deep-rooted fear of swinging watches.
Building self-confidence is part of the foundation at Beauty Mark Spa. The staff works to improve women's quality of life with aesthetic services both traditional and technologically assisted. Trained aesthetician and laser technician, Susan L. Halbert not only boasts 20+ years of experience in the beauty industry, but also got her beauty know-how from Ross Burton, Oprah Winfrey's former professional makeup artist. Under the supervision of Dr. Lloyd D. Landsman MD PC, Halbert and her team arm themselves with Skinceuticals products to provide skincare treatments ranging from AHA chemical peels to microdermabrasion to white-tea-infused sunless spray tans and threading services.
The techs stay current by using a Syneron ELOS IPL laser to zap away sunspots, erase facial wrinkles, or tighten jowls and the neck. Though many services at Beauty Mark Spa are geared toward women, men are always welcome to partake in the center's med-spa treatments.
To say Vitality Spa Treatment has a variety of massages is an understatement. With 14 different massage possibilities—from lymphatic drainage to honey detox and pregnancy massages—the massage therapists tackle almost any sort of stress or muscle pain. But that's only one aspect of the pampering here. Along with massages, the staff beautifies guests with facials, including diamond-tip microdermabrasions and glycolic peels. Face and body waxing are also available.
You and your massage pal will stretch out side by side near a calming fireplace in a private room decorated with glittery curtains and ornate lamps. Amethyst’s professional therapists will use soothing, rhythmic palm strokes to rub and roll your entire body until its circulation improves and tension melts into the carpet like a puddle of Gak. Each treatment is customized to the client’s particular stress-busting needs. Massaged together, you and your special someone will be able to finally finish filing that insurance-fraud claim or blissfully catch butterflies after sharing this soothesperience.
Didi has a long history as a spa practitioner and has been at the helm of DiDi'Sparadise for more than a decade. At her space in Nassau County, she performs services focused on the skin and body. She cleanses faces with more than a dozen specialty facial treatments, including glycolic peels and diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments and smoothes the rest of the body with full waxing services. Fourteen types of massages assuage sore muscles, and some also incorporate skincare techniques, such as the anticellulite leg massage and detoxifying massage with honey.