A visitor to Omnia Vanitas Specialty Salon can get a haircut and hire a personal shopper all in one trip. On the haircare side, services target all sorts of hair types and style goals: braiding, dreading, and keratin treatments revamp and retexture, whereas wigs, weaves, and extensions supplement natural hair with picture-perfect locks. The salon's specialties include wedding dos, children's services, and hair restoration. But the staff's expertise goes beyond just hairstyling. Facials, nailcare, and makeup applications turn the studio into a salon-spa, and personal shopping ensures guests are just as stylish from the neck down.
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.
"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.
The stylists at Beauty Affairs Salon don’t just see beauty as looking good—they see it as providing strength, condition, and health to each customer's hair. Inside their salon, they help clients reach their peaks both physically and mentally with cuts, color, and texturizing services; tranquil and invigorating facials; bridal makeup and updos; and facial and body waxing. They also apply intricate henna tattoos and perfect eyebrow arches with threading services that remove rogue hairs.
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.
La Bellezza Hair Salon & Spa's owners, Miro and Melo, draw from more than 40 years of salon experience, and they oversee a skilled team that can perform a variety of services. Stylists can traverse clients' craniums to shape, color, and texturize hair with keratin treatments, spiral waves, or rainbow Slinkys. The staff uses All-Nutrient organic color for single process colorings and organic bleach for highlights. Or, in the spa and salon's private treatment rooms, aestheticians can perform facials and waxing treatments to add youthfulness to the skin or gussy up the fingers and toes with mani-pedi treatments.