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.
Stephanie Wrubel, licensed clinical aesthetician and owner of The Skin Clinic, the recipient of the 2013 Best of Huntington Award in the Medical Spa category by the Huntington Award Program, helps to solve visitors’ epidermal maladies with organic skincare salves and advanced med-spa technology. Aided by medical aesthetician Deirdre Blanco, Stephanie clears away oil and expired poker faces with facials, glycolic peels, and acne treatments that uproot dead cells to reveal healthy, youthful skin. Alternatively, noninvasive laser treatments target spider veins, unwanted body hair, and cellulite, leaving epidermal expanses smoother and more evenly toned.
The stylists at Gizay Michaels Salon, a Redken concept salon, create both innovative and classic coifs that can easily transition from casual to glamorous. Every service begins with a consultation to discuss clients’ target look or hair-related challenges, which may include controlling frizz or escaping the staticky clutches of marauding balloons. Along with services, the salon also hosts a full line of styling serums from Redken, which may be purchased to help clients to maintain their salon look at home.
Signature Service: Highlights, correction color
Brands Used: Tucco Magico color, all natural
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Our staff is very experienced, and we take pride in our work .
Certain hairstyles look good on certain facial shapes. When a client asks for a haircut you know will be a mismatch for them, how do you handle it?
I would show them pictures of other people with the same facial shape and try to explain why that haircut won't work for them.
Fashionable hairstyles are constantly changing. How do you keep up-to-date on popular trends?
Training shows and ongoing education .
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I have been in the business for 22 years doing makeovers for the Ricki Lake show and makeovers for Woman's Day magazines.
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