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 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.
LaVida Massage's comfortable atmosphere and experienced therapists invite guests of all ages and genders to unwind and improve their emotional and physical well-being. During a one-hour massage, one of LaVida's skilled deck hands untangles back knots, helping to banish stress from the body. The deep-tissue massage accesses the deepest layers of soft tissue and targets specific muscle groups to drain wells of pain and soreness. Light- to medium-pressured long strokes soothe sore muscles during Swedish massages, and prenatal-massage maneuvers gently alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. This LaVida Massage location houses several elegantly appointed private treatment rooms in calming earth-tones, and an experienced staff trained in both the science and art of massage and nurturing by especially paternal penguins. Locales stay open seven days a week and offer weeknight extended hours, so clients can squeeze some relaxation into hectic electric-shoveling schedules.
Studio 108 Hair Salon's experienced stylists Danielle and Samantha tame tresses in as little as 35 minutes with keratin express treatments. After guests are greeted and ushered into salon seats, one of the two mane whisperers prepare for the session by asking hair to meditate and imagine stretching before applying the strand-straightening serum. Keratin proteins hug the shaft of the hair, ridding neck toppers of frizz and unruly curls and leaving locks luscious and smooth. Though the treatment can be completed in less than an hour, results can last between four and six weeks, or enough time to cartwheel to the Statue of Liberty.
At Fairytale Soiree, party hosts bustle around 6–12 girls as they're pampered with glittery tattoos and manicures. Parties can be held at the pink, black, and white spa or at the house or location of the birthday girl's choosing. Onsite parties include the Princess Tea Party with a birthday-princess coronation, and on-the-go packages include the Hollywood Spa party with spa robes and make-your-own lip gloss.