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.
Safié Salon & Day Spa's 2,000-square-foot facility channels big-city ambiance with its sleek interiors, doting technicians, and slew of pampering options. A staff of beauty professionals stands equipped with organic products, ready to transform strands into flattering shapes, elicit radiant complexions, and clip and polish nails before they're long enough to be bitten by a nervous coworker. Clients can also hop onto a massage table and soothe their frayed nerves as they enlist the knot-banishing skills of a massage therapist or the sage chi-tending services of the in-house acupuncturist.
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.
Rejuvenation Spa & Laser Services. LLC refines complexions with a variety of technological procedures and beauty treatments. Whereas LED light stimulates collagen to smooth wrinkles and vanquish bacteria, airbrush tans ramp up exterior appeal with physician-approved bronzers. But the staff's services reach deeper than the skin. Muscles afflicted with tension and soreness find amelioration under the alternating strokes of Swedish massage and deep tissue's therapeutic cross-grain strokes.
A chandelier dangles over natural wood floors, adding a touch of glamour to the soothing confines of LaCole Salon & Spa. With relaxing services to match its tranquil setting, LaCole was named one of Long Island’s best day spas by Long Island Press readers in 2012. The peppermint-sea-twist body wrap, for instance, boosts circulation and quells achy muscles with a combination of fresh seaweed and aromatic triple mint. The staff also performs facials, deep-tissue massages, waxing, and body polishes, which are popular among tin men tired of strange looks at the car wash. Long Island Press readers also had flattering things to say about the staff’s hairstyling skills, listing LaCole among the area’s best hair salons in 2011. Stylists beautify tresses with everything from routine cuts and color touchups, to Brazilian blowouts and wedding-day styles for brides-to-be.
Feel Well Therapeutic Massage & Bodycare advocates health and beauty through relaxation, rejuvenation, and exercise. Seasoned instructors impart breathing and bending wisdom in four different classes that are open to all skill levels: Yoga, Yoga Plus, Extra Gentle Yoga, and Pilates. Class duration varies from 60 to 90 minutes. The schedule of morning and evening sessions makes it easy to squeeze fitness into planners packed with car pools, errands, and intergalactic espionage. Because class space is limited, inner-peace seekers should call ahead to reserve a spot.