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 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.
Fire Island has long been recognized as an ideal retreat from the bustle of city life. The spa that shares its name is no different, thanks to a team of salon artists and spa technicians offering a wide assortment of beautifying and relaxing services.
After changing into plush cotton robes, guests can lose themselves in the aromas of botanical fragrances and the sounds of soothing music as aestheticians administer exfoliating facials or therapists relax tension with targeted massage strokes. The spa’s cozy wooden attic also hosts body treatments that remove toxins, assuage muscular aches, and clean out sand stuck between toes and vestigial tentacles. In a salon area, stylists draw on their experience and modern fashion sensibilities to cut and color hair or remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.
Headed up by Dr. Michael Torelli, SSFPA, Laser Division is populated by a staff of two physician's assistants and four certified aestheticians who put their skills to work performing a spectrum of noninvasive services, including laser hair removal, clinical peels, and Botox. Wielding aesthetic technologies such as the elōs fractional device, which combines bipolar radio frequency and rejuvenating blue-light energies, aestheticians target acne-causing bacteria and drain wrinkle batteries.
Embrace Yoga's team of instructors offer a series of classes aimed at transforming beginner and intermediate yogis into adroit practitioners of the bendy arts. Classes are offered in a body of styles such as Flow Yoga, which employs a steady stream of poses to build strength while shedding pounds like superfluous baby teeth. Beginners can take advantage of the soothing stretches and relaxation focus in Kripalu Hatha classes. Each session is capped at 16 students to ensure astronomical levels of student-instructor interaction, and daily availability of yoga classes requires minimal bending of inflexible schedules.
Female empowerment is part of the foundation at BeautyMark Spa, a division of A Woman's Way Gynecological Practice. The staff works to improve women's self-confidence and quality of life with aesthetic services both traditional and technologically assisted. Trained aesthetician and laser technician, Susan L. Halbert not only boasts 20+ years of experience in the beauty industry, but also got her beauty know-how from Ross Burton, Oprah Winfrey's former professional makeup artist. Under the supervision of a doctor, Halbert and her team arm themselves with Skinceuticals products to provide skincare treatments ranging from AHA chemical peels to microdermabrasion to white-tea-infused sunless spray tans and threading services.
The techs stay current by using a Syneron ELOS IPL laser to zap away sunspots, erase facial wrinkles, or tighten jowels and the neck. Though many services at BeautyMark Spa are geared toward women, men are always welcome to partake in the center's med-spa treatments.