ModernSmile's founder and head DDS Dr. Barbara Wachs has whitened the teeth of more than 10,000 clients over the course of her career, which has included appearances on QVC selling aftercare products. During in-office whitening treatments, clients kick back in plush chairs while Dr. Wachs protects lips and gums with a barrier material, then coats teeth with a patented whitening formula. When positioned beneath a UV-free laser light, the gel begins to activate, brightening teeth and kicking out coffee stains so they can do what they do best?make seventh-grade Constitution projects look legit. As a preferred Invisalign provider, Dr. Wachs is also able to nudge teeth into more aesthetic positions with the use of clear, custom trays. Both of these treatments take place in the confines of a modern dentist?s office complete with low-lit lamps, overstuffed couches, and spa-like accents.
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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.
Shellac manicures, silk tips, and french pedicures are just a few of the nail services available at Fingers Faces & Toes. Aestheticians also bolster skin's natural beauty with facials, emphasize eyelashes with extensions and tinting, wax away unwanted body hair, and release stress with massages.
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'Or?al professionnel colorists and experienced stylists transform hair with services ranging from custom cuts to coloring with L'Or?al professionnel products. Other spa staffers cleanse skin and lift tension from muscles with warm-stone facials, shiatsu massages, and salt or sugar scrubs.
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.