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.
Each membership level offers a distinct set of benefits, ranging from the simple tonal bliss of the basic bronze-level experience to the top-tier transformative power of lounge-chair tanning with the diamond package. Depending on the individual level and bed, guests can enjoy on-board amenities that may include the use of climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs. Certain beds even have an open-air design to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and burritophobia, the fear of appearing delicious.
The stylists at Beauty Affairs Salon don’t just see beauty as looking good—they see it as providing strength, condition, and health to each customer's hair. Inside their salon, they help clients reach their peaks both physically and mentally with cuts, color, and texturizing services; tranquil and invigorating facials; bridal makeup and updos; and facial and body waxing. They also apply intricate henna tattoos and perfect eyebrow arches with threading services that remove rogue hairs.
A subtle heat spreads throughout Fuel the Soul, distinct from the scorching air at hot-yoga studios that warm the room with thermostats. The muscle-melting energy seeps into muscles, coaxing tension away. This brand of heat comes from a system that emits infrared rays, capable of penetrating deeper into tissues and detoxifying patrons while they move through classic yoga poses. Co-owner Greg Fine explains to Patch.com, "Exercising … in an infrared heated sauna can help you burn calories much faster." The heat emanates from lamps that, according to Greg, are identical to those used by surgeons in neonatal hospital units and fast-food line-cooks in NASA space vessels. Customers can reap the heat's benefits, which include a faster metabolism and easier healing, whether they’re attending yoga classes or simply steeping in the far-infrared sauna.
Another offering as unusual as a cat and dog that only fight about who loves the other more is the Gyrotonic workout, "a unique method that uses movements found in swimming, yoga, and tai chi and helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination." Greg—who studied under Juliu Horvath, the Romanian dancer and exile who developed the exercise to recover after tearing his Achilles tendon and rupturing a few spinal disks—teaches the technique to students of all fitness levels and ages, whether they’re recovering from injuries or courting greater flexibility.
South Shore Center for Electrolysis's hair-removal specialists aim to permanently remove hair on the face and body using small electrical currents. Without puncturing the skin, the technician inserts a tiny needle into the unwanted hair follicle. The needle emits an electric current, which cauterizes the hair papilla so hair can't grow. Electrolysis is effective on all skin and hair colors.
A Cornell graduate and certified member of the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Debra Hoffman specializes in age-defying treatments. At New York Aesthetic Skin Center, her primary goal is to work with clients to coax out the youngest, most flattering version of themselves. All of this without surgery?Dr. Hoffman uses injectables, peels, and Pellev? treatments to help her clients maintain a youthful appearance.
Pellev? is one of the marquee services here?a new non-invasive technique approved by the FDA to tighten and firm the skin, thereby reducing the sagging features that often come with age. Like all of Dr. Hoffman's procedures, Pellev? is non-surgical and requires no recovery time. Botox is another specialty. As a Botox specialist, Dr. Hoffman takes a precise, deliberate approach to the injectable by diluting her Botox to a 1:1 concentration rather than watering it down with saline. This means it's potent enough to iron out wrinkles where patients don't want them: namely, on the forehead, around the eyes, and that place between the brows that furrows during confusing plot twists.