Barber Shop in North Merrick

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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.

365 Merrick Ave
Merrick,
NY
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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.

5 Camp Ave
Merrick,
NY
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When kids visit Dave's Barbershop for a trim, they get to sit behind the wheel of sleek red racecar that doubles as a barber's chair. And although most adults won't fit into the stylish sports car, they still leave feeling suave thanks to the haircuts, color, and waxing services that are the shop's specialties. Beyond cropping locks and camouflaging greys, the staff smoothes scratchy chins with classic shaves, which include a luxurious hot-towel treatment that softens stubble and glued-on Santa beards before they are deftly sheared away.

183 Atlantic Ave
Freeport,
NY
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Salon Atlantique's six stylists bring their scissors-wielding skills together to refashion the town's overgrown manes with hairdo-tailoring services aided by brand-name products from Goldwell, Rusk, and Pro Rituals. An artfully crafted haircut abbreviates elongated strands into face-flattering locks before a skilled hairdresser coats coifs in all-over gloss for a luxurious shine. Newly snipped and glossed strands can achieve new hues with a single-process color or partial highlights that attract positive attention to coiffures––unlike an airport runway marshal waving orange batons over your head. As excess inches float toward the ground, clients can fix their eyes on the salon's ornate chandeliers, yellow and burgundy curtains, and exceptionally high ceilings.

11 Atlantic Ave
Freeport,
NY
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A visitor to Omnia Vanitas Specialty Salon can get a haircut and hire a personal shopper all in one trip. On the haircare side, services target all sorts of hair types and style goals: braiding, dreading, and keratin treatments revamp and retexture, whereas wigs, weaves, and extensions supplement natural hair with picture-perfect locks. The salon's specialties include wedding dos, children's services, and hair restoration. But the staff's expertise goes beyond just hairstyling. Facials, nailcare, and makeup applications turn the studio into a salon-spa, and personal shopping ensures guests are just as stylish from the neck down.

778 Merrick Road
Baldwin,
NY
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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.

3962 Merrick Rd
Seaford,
NY
US