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.
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.
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.
The expert staff at Anthony DeFranco Salon and Spa brings professionalism and style to each salon and day spa service they offer. All the massage services are performed by certified massage therapists. Stress-filled frazzlers will enjoy the sensation of heated stones placed along their body during the hot-stone massage, a technique that melts tension like a butane torch applied to Silly Putty. Athletes can opt for the sports massage, which targets overworked muscles to prevent injuries and improve jump shots. The brown sugar scrub ensconces skin in the sweet treat’s natural exfoliating powers, and the cellulite-reduction massage can help lessen the appearance of unsightly dimples, blobs, and frightful thigh apparitions.
The specialists as Ivy Beauty Spa forgo the sun’s harsh rays when imbuing their clients with a golden hue. Instead, they use an airbrush tan solution crafted with DHA to naturally darken the top layer of skin. They 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.
The practice of ayurveda holds fast at the core of Herbal Destination, put there by a trio of female owners who use the philosophy of traditional Indian medicine to enhance their clients' lives through natural skincare products, healing supplements, and a yoga DVD. The store's herbal-care solutions include a paraben-free muscle oil rub and soothing Stress Hrx pills, and all of the offerings are formulated and blended at advanced facilities in India. The eco-conscious factories reflect the healing spirit of Ayurveda by boasting gardens that shelter endangered herbal plants, where dedicated gardeners protect the flora and gently shape them into polar bears and Sumatran tiger topiaries. Each Ayurvedic formula contains a mixture of three or more herbs and arrives sealed in blister packs of 60 soft gels or capsules to maintain freshness and potency. Customers who opt to focus on their skin can try the store's all-natural, four-piece skincare line that pampers skin with an apricot anti-wrinkle night cream, an herbal moisturizing cream, a deep-cleansing scrub, and a cucumber eye cream. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Herbal Destination's team wraps all products in eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.
The stylists at Madison Salon & Spa don't just cut and color hair, groom fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and clear clogged pores with facials; they also have specialty services that enhance beauty in a variety of ways. Certified, licensed professionals add length and fullness with Great Lengths hair extensions and tame frizz with brazilian treatments. The staff also provides bridal services that prep women for their big days with trials and updos.