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 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.
It’s been said that those who do what they enjoy never work a day in their life. Dr. Stephen H. Atkins can relate to the sentiment. His passion for holistic medicine has led him to develop an expertise in the field and become a relied-upon resource for patients and the public alike. Through nutrition coaching and a focus on the body's optimal function, Dr. Atkins aims to support physiological strength so that patients can battle chronic symptoms or bench-press their minivans.
Rewind 25 years. There, Dr. Atkins is receiving his Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine. Travel a few years into the future and see him gain membership and association in a number of medical organizations, including the American College for the Advancement of Medicine and the Academy of International BioEnergetic Sciences. Today, Dr. Atkins remains energetically active in his field by treating patients with functional medicine, authoring books, and speaking with the public through television programs and desert visions.
Though the only structures towering above the studio are lush trees, the stylists and colorists at Papillon Hair Salon execute services of the caliber expected at a Manhattan salon. As members of a L'Oréal Professionnel flagship color center, they receive ongoing support from L'Oréal senior educators, who help them perfect techniques such as freehand coloring. These color services crown Papillon's menu, and they're offered alongside traditional and specialty services such as organic Japanese conditioning treatments.
Papillon's staff greets clients with hospitality befitting the salon's location within a renovated home. A selection of coffees, teas, and wines comforts guests as they relax in the sunny studio.
The masterminds behind Not Just Yoga aimed to create a calming, welcoming space that treats guests to the philosophy of yoga while offering a variety of services. Their yoga classes, led by expert instructors, flow through Vinyasa postures that focus on building strength and relaxing busy minds. In addition, the staff offers meditation, Pilates, and massage.
The specialists as The Lash & Beauty Studio redouble their skin-sustaining mission with microdermabrasion treatments, custom facials, and shellacking the body for preservation. The spa also employs a certified eyelash technician who creates dramatic looks with synthetic and mink lash applications.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa's staff of beautifiers tunes tendons and harmonizes physiques with an array of pampering services. During a 10-minute massage consultation, a massage therapist will determine the best way to melt tension and aches left over from stressful things such as jobs and stress. Each personalized 50-minute knot-kneading session combines several techniques to help relieve muscle tension, recharge bodily batteries by increasing circulation, and tranquillize the mind.