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.
Amid the pale-blue walls of Vella Salon and Spa—formerly Cuts R Us—professional stylists revamp hair, and a staff of spa technicians tends to bodies. Soon after guests settle into the salon’s comfy black chairs and consult with their stylist, shears begin to clip away at split ends, and streaks of color begin to flash across scalps. On the other side of the salon, nail technicians apply glossy acrylics and tend to feet with massages. In private rooms, waxing treatments remove fuzz from legs and mustaches glued to upper lips.
At Hurricane Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Labbadia uses a one-on-one approach, consulting with clients before treatments to determine the underlying cause of their symptoms. Like a swiss-army knife taped to a glue gun, Dr. Labbadia is prepared for any possible situation: he offers a multitude of services ranging from nutritional counseling to posture screenings. Should chiropractic techniques not fully alleviate a problem, the team may prescribe corrective exercises or therapeutic massage to complement treatments.
Dianne Ciprano knows the benefits of a good education. The skin specialist trained at both the Gloria Francis Institute of Beauty and the New York Institute of Beauty, perfecting the skills that she now uses every day at When Style Counts. When she isn’t cleansing pores or softening skin with seven types of facials, Dianne continues to brush up on the latest spa techniques through continuing education courses at Dermal Institute in NYC. One thing she has learned is not to skimp on products. That’s why she reaches for professional Repechage serums as she tailors her treatments to soothe sensitive skin or cover up exposed circuitry.
At Serenity Source Massage, a thought-provoking sign greets visitors as they enter. It doesn’t tell them to merge, stop, or yield to leaping dolphins. Instead, it challenges them to better their lives with one bold word: “simplify.” To fuel the simplification process, licensed massage therapists help muscles let go of stress, tension, and stiffness. Signature 80-minute massages tether the body to the mind with a custom blend of flowing strokes, acupressure, and trigger-point therapy complemented by warm towels and soothing heat packs. Add-ons such as a scalp massage or a foot sugar scrub promote blood flow to boost energy and facilitate healing. Chiropractors can help target pain sources with careful adjustments and exercises that cultivate mobility and strength.
Upon stepping into Pur Salon & Day Spa, visitors are ushered into a draped waiting lounge. There, they can sip beverages from the wet bar or cruise free WiFi. This is the first indication of Pur Salon & Day Spa’s mission to provide a pampering refuge for their clients. Beyond the waiting room, aestheticians specialize in nourishing spa treatments, wrapping skin in seaweed and soothing muscles with six varieties of massage. Additionally, Pur Salon & Day Spa’s stylists furnish clients dozens of hair services—they brighten tresses with hair color. They enhance Morse code blinks with individually applied eyelashes. And they whisk away unwanted fuzz from head to toe with gentle waxing services.
The Spa 25 welcomes visitors for a quiet and relaxing retreat from the hectic outside world. In the elegant spa, staffers beautify each area of the body, waxing away excess hair, applying facials to remove dead skin, and giving muscles a melting massage to complement intense workouts. The hydrating foot treatment brings spring to the step, and the full-body polish treatment exfoliates customers from head to toe and buffs in a coat of hydration cream to dramatically increase their Blue Book resale value.