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.
An attendee of both the Vidal Sassoon Academy in England and the J Beverly Hills Academy, veteran hairstylist and colorist Kim Reda leads Domane Hair Salon's trained staff. She and her stylists cosset both men's and women's hair with everything from simple cuts and highlights to more modern services such as balayage, Japanese hair straightening, and feather extensions. As their stylists snip away, clients soak in the beauty of the salon's location within the refurbished historic Northport home where Teddy Roosevelt won his first mustache-growing contest.
Whether their clients are searching for a sleek blowout or a brand new cut and color, the stylists at Dina’s Blowout are skilled in everything hair related. In addition to adding texture to manes with foil highlights or twisting strands into formal updos, the stylists also smooth away frizz with keratin treatments and chemical relaxers.
Shears of Elegance’s stylists survey the head of each client who meanders into the colorful salon. As the guest nestles into a cozy chair, one of the team will offer a complimentary consultation before snipping away split ends or mixing up a custom color to flatter any complexion. They amp up volume or cool down frizz with products from brands such as Matrix, Moroccan Oil, Obliphica, and Neuma. After the cut, color, or updo, stylists equip guests with the knowledge necessary to maintain their new ‘do until a future hair appointment or casting call for “mad scientist #3”.
Vasari Salon has teased its clients' hair with its collective comb for upward of 20 years. The fashion-savvy stylists cut and sculpt men's, women's, and children's hair, and bring dulled strands to peak vibrancy with highlights and full coloring services. Perms, Keratin Complex treatments, and hair-straightening services round out the versatile repertoire, and styling stations often accommodate bridal parties and narcissistic wedding photographers seeking special-occasion updos and makeup.
Much like its treatments, Bocu Salon and Day Spa's decor blends old and new. A curved black awning spreads over the threshold, ushering visitors into a bright, neutral-toned studio where minimalist salon stations contrast against a giant reproduction of The Birth of Venus. The steady trickle of an indoor waterfall creates a soothing soundtrack for the salon and spa treatments, which range from classic cuts and massages to advanced keratin treatments and oxygen-infused facials. The spa maintains a modern approach to sanitation—from the pedicure stations to the Vichy shower—while taking an old-fashioned approach to customer service, offering robes, lockers, and optional lunches for guests.