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.
Although The Goddess Spa resides inside Grand Central Hair Salon, its staff moves beyond coifs to address a whole different spectrum of cosmetic concerns. The aestheticians help rejuvenate skin using everything from ultrasound therapy to specialized anti-aging serums. These treatments aim to conceal imperfections typically caused by acne scars, dead skin cells, and chain-mail pillowcases. Peels gently resurface the topmost epidermal layers without abrasive acids, and the body wraps' seaweed-based herbal gel leaves skin feeling soft and nourished.
Although the number of Angel Tips locations hovers around 60, there’s one thing you can count on at each of its salons: knowledgeable staff. That’s because every nail tech, massage therapist, and aesthetician learns the art of beautification at Angel’s Tips’ training center in Stamford, Connecticut. During mani-pedis, they dole out luxurious add-ons such as paraffin wax and hot-stone massage. They deeply cleanse skin during facials to reveal brighter, more even complexions, and rejuvenate bodies with tropical body scrubs and Vichy showers.
Phountain Health was founded on the theory that staying healthy involves balancing the body's pH levels. In addition to bottling pH-balancing alkaline water—avilable for demonstration and soon to be available via delivery—Phountain Health hosts infrared-sauna sessions, which aim to improve circulation and oust toxins, as do the spa's ionic detoxifying footbaths. The business' communal approach can also be seen in hot-yoga classes, where clients work out together rather than sit alone on the couch sipping battery acid.
Carol Ann's Holistic Day Spa's private confines welcome bodies with soothing aromas and an artful atmosphere of earthy greens, browns, and golds. Each of the spa's licensed professionals tailor each treatment to your needs, blood type, and go-to dance move. Deforest your nether-dermis with a Brazilian bikini wax, or pupate into a beautiful torso model inside the cocoon of a body wrap, which is dolloped with an exfoliation, delicate massage, customized oiling, and a warm blanket wrap for extra luxury.
A chandelier dangles over natural wood floors, adding a touch of glamour to the soothing confines of LaCole Salon & Spa. With relaxing services to match its tranquil setting, LaCole was named one of Long Island’s best day spas by Long Island Press readers in 2012. The peppermint-sea-twist body wrap, for instance, boosts circulation and quells achy muscles with a combination of fresh seaweed and aromatic triple mint. The staff also performs facials, deep-tissue massages, waxing, and body polishes, which are popular among tin men tired of strange looks at the car wash. Long Island Press readers also had flattering things to say about the staff’s hairstyling skills, listing LaCole among the area’s best hair salons in 2011. Stylists beautify tresses with everything from routine cuts and color touchups, to Brazilian blowouts and wedding-day styles for brides-to-be.