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.
Jackie could't count the number of years she's been a nail technician on two hands?she'd need to include her toes to cover her two decades of experience. Over that time, Jackie has mastered the dexterous art of painting fingers and toes with polish and shellac, the latter of which lasts longer and resists chipping. She also applies acrylics and gels to nails in both vibrant and natural-looking designs. Clients might leave her station with the white tips indicative of a French manicure, or with tiny flowers on their nails that lure hummingbirds to perch on outstretched pinkies. Jackie also performs foot soaks that release toxins through the feet's approximately 500 thousand sweat glands.
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.
Since its first studio opening in Long Island in 1996, Angel Tips has been dedicated to providing expert waxing, nail, and eye treatments. This dedication has remained steadfast as the brand––which also includes Tahiti’a Spas––has grown to more than 60+ locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, each staffed with passionate and highly trained technicians.
Despite the company's ever-expanding presence, each Angel Tips remains solely focused on the customer, following strict sanitary procedures that include using only disposable files and nail buffers. They also strive to make each mani-pedi, as luxurious as possible, often incorporating exfoliating honey scrubs, hot stone leg and foot massages, and the latest polishes, including chip-resistant OPI gel. When it comes to skincare, aestheticians leave no pore un-purged, using algomasks and microdermabrasion to polish faces and exfoliating bodies with a signature scrub, detoxifying sauna, and Vichy shower massage. And to ensure skin stays as soft and smooth as possible, technicians can also remove unwanted hair from more than 15 different areas, either by waxing, threading, or asking each hair annoying questions until it leaves.
Anthony DeFranco stepped into the beauty industry as a Vidal Sassoon apprentice in 1979 and never looked back. More than 25 years later, he still helms Anthony DeFranco Salon and Spa, a modern facility that pampers its clients against a backdrop of stunning accent lights and a palette of browns and greens. Board-certified, L'Or?al professionnel colorists and experienced stylists transform hair with services ranging from custom cuts to coloring with L'Or?al professionnel products. Other spa staffers cleanse skin and lift tension from muscles with warm-stone facials, shiatsu massages, and salt or sugar scrubs.
The practice of ayurveda holds fast at the core of Herbal Destination, put there by a trio of female owners who use the philosophy of traditional Indian medicine to enhance their clients' lives through natural skincare products, healing supplements, and a yoga DVD. The store's herbal-care solutions include a paraben-free muscle oil rub and soothing Stress Hrx pills, and all of the offerings are formulated and blended at advanced facilities in India. The eco-conscious factories reflect the healing spirit of Ayurveda by boasting gardens that shelter endangered herbal plants, where dedicated gardeners protect the flora and gently shape them into polar bears and Sumatran tiger topiaries. Each Ayurvedic formula contains a mixture of three or more herbs and arrives sealed in blister packs of 60 soft gels or capsules to maintain freshness and potency. Customers who opt to focus on their skin can try the store's all-natural, four-piece skincare line that pampers skin with an apricot anti-wrinkle night cream, an herbal moisturizing cream, a deep-cleansing scrub, and a cucumber eye cream. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Herbal Destination's team wraps all products in eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.