Fire Island has long been recognized as an ideal retreat from the bustle of city life. The spa that shares its name is no different, thanks to a team of salon artists and spa technicians offering a wide assortment of beautifying and relaxing services.
After changing into plush cotton robes, guests can lose themselves in the aromas of botanical fragrances and the sounds of soothing music as aestheticians administer exfoliating facials or therapists relax tension with targeted massage strokes. The spa’s cozy wooden attic also hosts body treatments that remove toxins, assuage muscular aches, and clean out sand stuck between toes and vestigial tentacles. In a salon area, stylists draw on their experience and modern fashion sensibilities to cut and color hair or remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.
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.
Tresses & Colours? stylists don?t just offer their clientele a standard array of color treatments, but rather a carefully curated selection of custom color and highlight combinations that change seasonally. Their winter 2013 collection, for example, includes signature colors such as cranberry red?which accentuates jet-back tresses with a splash of crimson ombre?and golden chestnut glow, which infuses hair with a radiant spectrum of bronze shades. Other services in the stylists? repertoire include keratin hair-smoothing treatments, waxing, makeup applications, and facials that help smooth and firm skin.
The experienced stylists invigorate crestfallen coifs to produce high-style, low-maintenance cuts for men, women, teens, and kids. The mane muses put their expertise to work on tresses, washing and pruning follicle forests, and styling hair into your choice of coiffure with a beautifying blow out or a deep-conditioning treatment. Should you wish to enhance your haircare with extra services or superpower-granting mutant hairspray, upgrades are available for additional cost.
Spa85 drenches clients with waves of Aphroditian loveliness by offering a full lineup of hair, nail, waxing, and makeup services. In an atmosphere underscored by the ceiling’s bright brown parallel universe, settle into a black-leathered styling chair for a haircut ($50) and a half-hour blow-out ($30), or opt for a partial highlight ($82) to blend in at pom-pom parties. Clients who suffer from harried hair can wax it away from their underarms ($15), brows ($12), or nether region ($65 for a Brazilian). To equip opposable knuckle sticks with shiny new helmets worthy of a hand model, put them where a member of the skilled staff can give them a manicure, which includes a warm soak, a hand massage, nail grooming, and polish ($20).
For more than 25 years, the stylists of Design Masters Hair Salon have helped clients obtain classic and trendy 'dos by beginning each appointment with an in-depth consultation. These beauty talks are then followed by customized haircare services, from Awapuhi conditioning treatments and foil highlights to hair dyeing with ammonia-free color. Clients are also beautified with mani-pedis, aromatherapy massages, and waxing services.