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.
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 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either 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 of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Arizona Tanning Salon offers three modes to jazz up your skin: UV tanning, VersaSpa sunless tanning, and trendy apparel. Those seeking a sun-inspired glow can step into a standup or lie-down tanning bed to acquire a darker hue in 8, 10, or 12 minutes. For those looking to dodge UV rays, the VersaSpa booth coats epidermises in natural-looking color. Pre- or post-tanning, clients can peruse the salon's store of designer duds and accessories.
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.
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, and the studio offers 30-minute teeth-whitening treatments that help mouths stand out from their newly shady surroundings. 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.
At Visage Skincare Spa and Cosmetic Laser Center, a highly trained staff cultivates beauty and wellness with relaxation services and anti-aging treatments. Part med spa and part day spa, the facility teems with massage therapists who knead away muscle tension, paramedical aestheticians who tighten skin with Thermage treatments, and board-certified nurse practitioners who inject FDA-approved wrinkle smoothers such as Botox and Juvéderm. More high-tech than a horse-drawn spaceship, a Visia imaging system guides complexion analyses, measuring sun damage and hyperpigmentation to help technicians build custom skincare plans. The spa also doubles as a party destination, where revelers can indulge in champagne and hors d’oeuvres between facials and massages.
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.