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.
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.
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.
Signature Service: European/Swedish Massage
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
As an independent massage therapist, I can pay special attention to my clients' individual needs. I do not need to adhere to time constraints, unlike the chains. If a client is scheduled for 60 minutes, they get 60 minutes, not 55. I specialize in Swedish, medical, and pregnancy massage. I also work with breast cancer patients
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I work in the most simple and relaxed setting, which allows me to give a relaxing massage experience.