Anthony DeFranco stepped into the beauty industry as a Vidal Sassoon apprentice in 1979 and never looked back. More than 25 years later, he still helms Anthony DeFranco Salon and Spa, a modern facility that pampers its clients against a backdrop of stunning accent lights and a palette of browns and greens. Board-certified, L'Oréal professionnel colorists and experienced stylists transform hair with services ranging from custom cuts to coloring with L'Oréal professionnel products. Other spa staffers cleanse skin and lift tension from muscles with warm-stone facials, shiatsu massages, and salt or sugar scrubs.
For 33 years, the licensed cosmetologists, aestheticians, and stylists at Erica's Day Spa have kept up with the latest industry trends. They attend beauty shows to offer their clients new products and techniques, such as the botanically based Repechage line and anti-aging microcurrent facials that help stimulate collagen growth with low-level electricity. Staffers perform cleansing treatments for the face and back, and nourish skin with a seaweed body mask that can draw out impurities and pearls forming behind earlobes.
In the salon area, stylists transform hair with custom cuts, blowouts, and keratin-based straightening treatments. The tranquil space is decorated in soft green tones with colorful floral accents.
Clients new to Donna Oggi might expect to meet a stylist by that name, but they won’t. She doesn’t exist. The owner is Nadia Scagliarini, and the name of her salon comes from the phrase una donna di oggi, an Italian saying that translates to "today’s woman." And Nadia, a stylist with 12 years of professional experience, is ready to accommodate many of today's tastes—her toolkit includes both traditional and organic products, including Tocco Magico, an Italian color line that has been experimenting with natural ingredients since the early 1930s. Though originally a one-woman show, Nadia now has someone to share her passion with—her daughter Jessica joined the salon upon obtaining her cosmetology certification.
Nina Julian Salon is bringing a tiny touch of Hollywood glamour to Huntington Station, starting with the framed picture of Marilyn Monroe that graces the salon’s sky-blue walls. The movie star sits with her chin in her hands, as if passing time by watching the stylists hard at work creating trendy cuts or bestowing heads with eye-catching feather extensions. An elegant chandelier casts a romantic glow as clients become red-carpet ready with sleek blowouts or curling-iron styles, or allow stylists to paint their strands with face-framing highlights to mentally prepare for an upcoming film role as “salon guest #1.”
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.
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.