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 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.
Pierre Giovanni Spa's aestheticians can trace many of their skincare remedies back to one place: the ocean. That's because the restorative powers of seaweed enhance many of their treatments, from their body wraps to the Deluxe European 4-Layer Facial. During the latter, four layers of seaweed are laid across faces to help firm skin—a more advisable method than using liquid concrete as your morning lotion.
Not every service relies on seaweed however. Others employ products from brands such as Repêchage and Cures by Avancé, while an anti-aging facial incorporates marine clay, and a sinus relief facial uses peppermint and eucalyptus scents as decongesting aromatherapy. As these treatments would indicate, the staff puts an emphasis on personalization, striving to leave all skin types refreshed and clear. To that end, they often conduct a detailed analysis at the beginning of appointments to pinpoint the best facial for the client. They might also recommend add-ons, such as an exfoliating microdermabrasion or a soothing hot stone massage.
The team is devoted to creating a tranquil retreat, encouraging clients to slip away from their everyday hassles and relax while taking advantage of a comprehensive beauty menu. Mani-pedis coat nails in polish by OPI or CND, and a lamp-cured Shellac finish is designed to stay flawless for up to three weeks. Using hair products by Rusk and Goldwell and the oxygen-rich Scruples line, which readies hair for space travel, stylists snip and style hair. After a facial, a stress-dissolving massage, or a body scrub, makeup and tanning services impart camera-ready color.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.
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.
The orange glow of a salt lamp softly illuminates the room as licensed massage therapist Andrew Kressel kneads organic, lavender-infused oil into his clients’ sore spots. He has been alleviating tension and pain for more than 15 years with massages customized to individual needs, myofascial therapy, and the Australian-born Bowenwork technique. Using the Bowenwork technique, he dispenses gentle strokes to lull the body into a deeply relaxed state, which can continue to develop throughout the following 10 days, much like a short game of Monopoly.