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 brand-new Anthony Richard Hair Salon master the latest texturizing, coloring, and cutting techniques to furnish a menu of glamorizing hair treatments. Stylists show off their chops by crafting face-framing cuts that complement their clients' hair types and lifestyles, smoothing strands with a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment, and adding length to strands with extensions or Rip Van Winkle vacations. To add the finishing touch to a hairdo reboot, the salon also offers custom airbrush makeup that gives skin flawless coverage and natural color.
Behind a sunny picture window, visitors at The Natural Beauty In You recline in Adirondack chairs, digging their toes in the sand and gazing at a relaxing scene of blue ocean merging into pale-blue sky. This mini indoor beach reflects the easy-going, relaxed atmosphere at the fitness center and mini beauty zone. Throughout the week, experienced instructors teach fitness classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga. Staffers also work to enhance natural beauty holistically, such as organic spray tanning and foot detoxification baths.
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.
During the 50-minute signature European facial, a professional aesthetician at R. J. West first deep-cleans pores to rid them of sebum deposits. Steam then rolls over faces, like a hot cloud licking a zeppelin, to open pores before an exfoliation gently sloughs off dead skin cells to brighten dermises and stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production. A slathering of custom aromatic cream wafts a bouquet of relaxing fragrances into nostrils while dexterous hands knead the sinewy tendons of the hands and neck, relieving tension and loosening overly tight marionette strings.