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.
A chandelier illuminates sea-foam walls at this comprehensive health and beauty oasis. Such "relaxing and beautiful surroundings" are the result of the team?s commitment to a tranquil environment designed to foster "a pleasant and comforting experience" during treatments. The spa's fitness training accommodates guests of a wide variety of skill levels. Supplementing these exercise-based weight-loss efforts are body contouring and cellulite-banishing services, which form a med-spa menu along with injectables, microdermabrasion, and facial peels. SpaFit?s laser treatments exile unwanted hair, spider veins, and signs of aging?such as knowing whether Dwight Eisenhower is a president or a toll way. The spa?s spray tans can grant a gilded finishing touch.
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.
Pagoda Acupuncture’s licensed practitioners employ ancient Chinese medical techniques to restore youthful looks to clients’ faces without chemicals or surgery. The session commences with a one-on-one consultation with Pagoda owner and founder Heather L. Romano, whose interview swiftly unearths patients’ concerns and desires, much like a bulldozer driven by Sigmund Freud. Practitioners then lightly prick facial skin with thin needles, unleashing a face-soothing free-for-all designed to stimulate collagen production, tighten pores, and boost local blood flow. Virtually painless for most patients, the treatment can help to firm, tone, and lift skin without the use of harsh chemicals, invasive surgery, or tiring face workouts led by Richard Simmons’ eyebrows.
Like an Indiana Jones film, Ritual Wellness & Laser Spa is a mix of ancient tradition and seemingly supernatural technology. But rather than recovering artifacts, the spa is trying to recover youth. During skin-tightening treatments, the GentleYAG laser stimulates collagen production, which in turn causes wrinkles and imperfections to fade. When scheduled in tandem with facial rejuvenation acupuncture—a procedure meant to tone the muscles of the face and neck—the treatment leaves features especially bright and refreshed, without the aid of surgery.
The staff relies on lasers for IPL photofacials as well as hair and spider-vein removal. Otherwise, they smooth out complexions with microdermabrasion, peels, and facials. During an antioxidant trio facial, for example, they apply nutrient-rich creams and heated compresses to the skin to combat signs of environmental damage, such as fallen leaves stuck to your forehead. They also administer services for the body, from slimming body wraps to soothing massages.
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.