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.
"Individuality is crucial," says Richard Calcasola, the founder and mastermind behind Maximus Spa Salon. He's referring to the importance of understanding a client's lifestyle and habits before providing a haircut, ensuring that each resulting look is both unique and maintainable. Listening is a skill Calcasola has stressed to his team for more than 40 years, and it has earned him a reputation for being friendly and approachable even as he helps set international styling trends.
At Maximus, Calcasola oversees a staff of beauty professionals who draw on his lessons to cut and color hair. They also perform a number of other spa-related services, treating guests to waxing treatments, manicures, and skin-firming facials. When he's not consulting with celebrities and trimming the tresses of publications such as Vogue and the New York Times, Calcasola can often be spotted making the rounds at the salon himself.
Adele Santoro's attentiveness to each client isn't just good business— it's part of her outlook on life. The owner of Salon Due Mila is a frequent contributor to myriad organizations such as Cancer Center for Kids and Diabetes Research Institute. As a hairstylist with more than 35 years of experience, Adele is focused on helping others feel better about themselves, whether she's readying a bride's coiffure for a walk down the aisle, imbuing locks with organic color, or shaping brows to match a client’s favorite national landmark.
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.
Amarilys and Gayle, the two stylists at Point Cutters Salon, share 36 years of experience between them. Amarilys provides quality customer service while performing highlights, extensions, and relaxers, while Gayle focuses on providing an individual style for each client through cuts, color, and styling. They specialize in a wide range of hair services, but Lakmé color services, Global Keratin treatments, and hemp treatments stand out. In addition to their specialities, they offer precision haircuts for men, women, and children.
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 Pellevé treatments to help her clients maintain a youthful appearance.
Pellevé 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, Pellevé 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.