Warm tea, a massaging shampoo chair, and iPads loaded with digital versions of more than 120 magazines. These luxurious amenities are part of what sets Le Boudoir apart from other salons. But they aren't even the main reason to schedule a visit?just ask the clients who keep coming back for blowouts and makeup courtesy of the wizard-like Mamoune Tazi and his team of stylists.
Born in Morocco, Tazi spent years studying women's beauty treatments in France before opening his own studio on the other side of the Atlantic. Today, he continues to draw on his European training to infuse hair with silky, voluminous texture and amplify natural beauty with cosmetics. He designs each treatment to make clients feel gorgeous and confident, but the benefits don't end there; Tazi also donates a portion of his profits to local charities.
"Individuality is crucial," says Richard Calcasola, the founder and mastermind behind Maximus Spa Salon. He's referring to the importance of understanding a client's lifestyle and habits before providing a haircut, ensuring that each resulting look is both unique and maintainable. Listening is a skill Calcasola has stressed to his team for more than 40 years, and it has earned him a reputation for being friendly and approachable even as he helps set international styling trends.
At Maximus, Calcasola oversees a staff of beauty professionals who draw on his lessons to cut and color hair. They also perform a number of other spa-related services, treating guests to waxing treatments, manicures, and skin-firming facials. When he's not consulting with celebrities and trimming the tresses of publications such as Vogue and the New York Times, Calcasola can often be spotted making the rounds at the salon himself.
Wielding scissors, house salon products, and a wealth of know-how, the stylists at Tomy B Salon beautify clients with individualized haircuts, highlights, and sundry haircare treatments. Clients benefit from the use of Tomy B's house line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.
The stylists at De La Mer Salon & Spa specialize in Brazilian straightening and hair extensions, helping clients feel their finest for weddings, birthdays, and nights on the town. Spa staffers glamorize nails with Shellac manicures, revitalize visages with facials, and apply permanent makeup that holds its color longer than a rainbow created in the spray of the fountain of youth. De La Mer Salon & Spa also boasts an accessories boutique populated with stylish handbags and fine jewelry.
At Aura Hair and Color Emporium, a flock of stylists swoops over coiffures with scissors and brand-name products in tow, ready to renovate outmoded hairstyles. After emerging from a flurry of snips, newly fashioned hairdos can reap the benefits of further embellishment, such as extensions, highlights, and Brazilian Keratin treatments, which render kinky manes manageable and prevent out-of-control locks from tussling with loose USB cords. The salon's multitalented team of beauticians also boosts outer allure with waxing services, makeup application, and special packages for brides-to-be.
The Bellmore location's rich interior swells with Victorian elegance, punctuated by golden lamps, finely upholstered couches, gilded mirrors, and garnet-hued wallpaper. The Long Beach location, on the other hand, strikes a different chord with its beach-like setting marked by sandy hues, bright foliage, and pictures of oceanic wildlife. While visitors abandon the stresses of the outside world, they can wile away the time sipping on complimentary cappuccino, tea, wine, or bottled water and conversing with well-mannered brooms dressed in petticoats.
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.