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.
Tropical Rendezvous helps bodies stay bronze year-round with a wealth of equipment that includes tanning beds, standup units, and Mystic Tan spray-tan booths. Airbrush tanning may be performed by hand for natural-looking application. Knowledgeable tanning consultants work with clients to plan the best tanning packages and select the proper lotions from a variety of brands including Miami Ink, Australian Gold, and California Tan. If a client prefers a specific lotion that is not carried, the salon will order it or send for it via singing telegram.
For the past decade, licensed massage therapist Jodi Werner Ramoska has sharpened her skills at various local spas in the area. She now harnesses that experience as the head of Massage Source, where she offers a curated menu of treatments that include Swedish, reflexology, and medical massage. For any massage, there are optional add-ons, too: the therapeutic scents of aromatherapy; the hot stone therapy, which helps to further relax muscles; and a peppermint sinus treatment, which helps clears out sinuses and makes everything smell like Christmas.
The staffers at Vital Image Salon beautify clients' skin and hair—without the aid of harsh chemicals. During keratin smoothing treatments, stylists douse hair in Peter Coppola Keratin Complex, which calms frizz and flyaways without a trace of formaldehyde. Similarly, staffers bestow clients' skin with a healthy, bronze glow using SunFX products, which use all-natural ingredients and—like a carrot costume that's been sitting in the attic for far, far too long—won't look orange.
At Skincare By Gina, licensed aesthetician Gina knows that everyone has different skin. That's why she always starts her appointments with a thorough skin analysis. She customizes her array of anti-aging treatments, such as microdermabrasion, whitening facials, and glycolic peels, to suit each client's skin. In addition to turning back beauty clocks, she also elongates lashes with extensions and removes unwanted hair with waxing treatments.
The staff at Maria’s Style & File specializes in haircuts and coloring treatments. Stylists aid in personal reinvention by crafting fresh haircuts, adding flattering highlights, and smoothing locks with keratin treatments that give hair a smooth and silky luster.