Beauty Garden welcomes guests with a white trellis adorned with pink flowers. Floral wallpaper draws guests further in before stylists lead them to a mirror-facing chair for a hair treatment or to a nail station for some hand and foot pampering. They color, curl, style, and trim hair or adorn nails with painstaking nail art and hydrate hands with paraffin dips.
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.
A "weightless belly cushion" sounds like a tool for astronauts, but it's actually an integral part of a prenatal massage at Above All Massage Therapy. This specialized cushion allows expectant mothers to comfortably lie on their stomachs or backs during a soothing massage that's meant to allay the aches associated with pregnancy. This kind of customized attention is the norm at the spa, where therapists adjust their modalities to suit both medical and emotional needs.
Their signature massages combine European, Eastern, and yoga techniques to the client's specifications, with optional add-ons that range from a peppermint foot treatment to the application of heat to relieve pain. Sports massages are just as personalized. They help athletes prevent or recover from injuries with a mix of localized kneads and stretches, as well as sessions in the infrared sauna. The spa also offers couples massage, which is almost as romantic and relaxing as falling asleep beneath the table at a fancy French restaurant.
Signature Service: Full-service hair salon and yoga
Brands Used: Muk Hair Care, Redken, Biolage, Wella, Paul Mitchel
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
At Purity Spa, aestheticians and massage therapists beautify bodies and calm minds with a wide range of spa treatments. Aromatherapy and anti-aging facials cleanse pores and help to erase fine lines, while seaweed wraps and salt scrubs tighten skin or remove dead skin cells.
While Lisa Boyd's career as a massage therapist has spanned a decade, Valentine’s Day of 2012 marked a special milestone—the opening of Bella Amore Day Spa. She works alongside her team of spa technicians to coax knots from muscles with a variety of massage modalities. The staff also offers acupuncture, facials, body wraps, and spa parties, in which guests get pampered as a group and then eat a cake that looks like a glass of cucumber water.