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.
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.
Sweety Beauty Salon has the basics covered. Haircuts, bold color, and facial and body waxing options have their slots on the service menu. However, its stylists and aestheticians also delve into more specialized territory. They offer refreshing facials, facial threading, and eyelash extensions. In addition, they adorn clients' skin with henna tattoos, which showcase the exquisite detail of the Indian body art form.
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 licensed epidermis professionals at The Spa 4 Skin challenge blemishes, wrinkles, and unwanted hair with a full array of laser systems, technology-based therapies, and custom facials. They perform skincare therapies such as clay masks, microdermabrasion, and DermaMax and DiamondTome resurfacing treatments, which rejuvenate visages and can slough off the tomato residue caked on from standup performances. Besides face-focused treatments, the professionals cater to bodies with the soothing, nutrient-rich misting of DermaLife spa jet and Swedish or deep-tissue massage. In addtion, unwanted follicles are disabled during laser hair removal.
Upon entering Spa Exo'tique's 4,600-square-foot relaxation haven, clients head to their gender-appropriate changing facilities, dress themselves in comfortable garments, and unwind with a steamy cup of tea in the Serenity Room. Once ready, they meander into one of the 12 private treatment rooms, where experienced staffers skillfully relieve tension with massages, soften skin with body treatments, and purify pores with facials. Beyond the pampering techniques, the spa uplifts appearances with medical-grade services that range from chemical peels to the laser-powered removal of clients' unwanted fuzz, whether it's hair or simply a floor rug with separation anxiety.