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.
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.
Signature Service: Floatation Therapy, Stimulus Reduction
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
At The Float Place, regular folks can do in an hour what it has taken gurus of all stripe decades to achieve—tune out external distractions. Inside the sensory deprivation tank , clients ease into a hygienic saline solution heated to their exact body temperature. The solution keeps them buoyant, creating the feeling of weightlessness while the pod keeps out noise, light, and demons. In addition to creating a deep sense of relaxation, people report all manner of benefits, including relief from insomnia, headaches, and even addiction.
Dianne Ciprano knows the benefits of a good education. The skin specialist trained at both the Gloria Francis Institute of Beauty and the New York Institute of Beauty, perfecting the skills that she now uses every day at When Style Counts. When she isn’t cleansing pores or softening skin with seven types of facials, Dianne continues to brush up on the latest spa techniques through continuing education courses at Dermal Institute in NYC. One thing she has learned is not to skimp on products. That’s why she reaches for professional Repechage serums as she tailors her treatments to soothe sensitive skin or cover up exposed circuitry.
Bella's L.I. Day Spa's mission is to renew clients' beauty, and it does so with a variety of classic and clinical aesthetic services. A certified aesthetician offers traditional spa services, such as airbrush tans, makeup applications, and facial and body waxing. For specific skin problems, such as fine lines and acne, the aesthetician employs G.M. Collin and clinical-based treatments, such as collagen-infusion sessions and chemical peels.
While Lisa Boyd's career as a massage therapist has spanned a decade, Valentine’s Day of 2012 marked a special milestone—the opening of Bella Amore Day Spa. She works alongside her team of spa technicians to coax knots from muscles with a variety of massage modalities. The staff also offers acupuncture, facials, body wraps, and spa parties, in which guests get pampered as a group and then eat a cake that looks like a glass of cucumber water.