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.
When she was studying Indian spirituality, Trudy Pellegrino came across an art form that would become her livelihood: henna. Derived from a dried, ground plant that is mixed with water to form a paste, henna is used to paint intricate designs on the body to celebrate occasions such as weddings or religious holidays. Trudy, having a bachelor's degree in fine arts, schooled herself in the art, developing henna recipes and techniques, and fine-tuning her work until she was ready to turn pro. Today, the artist mixes her certified-organic henna with water, lemon juice, and aromatic oils. Some of the ornate swooshes and squiggles she paints date back to 8,000 BC or the advent of temporary tattoos on gum wrappers. In addition to traditional bridal henna and for-fun designs, Pellegrino can also paint trial-run tattoos for customers who want to test-drive a design before they go in for a permanent one.
At Beauty Bar by New York Beauty Group, the staff follow this creed: "Love of beauty is taste. The creation is art." So with the dedication of an artist, each highly trained stylist works with clients to unveil their natural beauty through services such as cuts, single process color, highlights, and keratin treatments using their own product made in house. The stylish salon is located in the heart of charming Huntington, making it a great stop before a night out of with friends or romantic admirers.
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.
Stephanie Wrubel, licensed clinical aesthetician and owner of The Skin Clinic — 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, non-invasive laser treatments target spider veins, unwanted body hair, and cellulite, leaving epidermal expanses smoother and more evenly toned.
No streaks, no smell, no orange. Scrub & Tan's specialists promise to avoid these and other spray tanning pitfalls through their skilled application of an organic solution. Before airbrushing skin, they exfoliate the body and face with one of seven sugar-based scrubs infused with vegan ingredients before wiping the skin clean with warm towels. This process creates a smooth surface for the tanning solution to soak in as it creates a bronzed hue that is more natural-looking than a toddler cradling a bonsai tree. The Delray Beach shop also outfits clients with trendy boutique clothing that hangs elegantly from racks nestled between chic black furnishings and crystal chandeliers.
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.