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 locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either 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 of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
The stylists at De La Mer Salon & Spa specialize in Brazilian straightening and hair extensions, helping clients feel their finest for weddings, birthdays, and nights on the town. Spa staffers glamorize nails with Shellac manicures, revitalize visages with facials, and apply permanent makeup that holds its color longer than a rainbow created in the spray of the fountain of youth. De La Mer Salon & Spa also boasts an accessories boutique populated with stylish handbags and fine jewelry.
Drawing on training in advanced skincare, Aura Lanier tends to dermal needs with a wide range of equipment inside The Spa At Salon D’va. Microdermabrasion units emit a fine spray of crystals, and FDA-approved red-light therapy helps to repair skin by stimulating cells and collagen growth. Custom blends of aromatic oils help to bolster the relaxing effects of massages and the comic effect of a bloodhound trying to get to work on time.
Speaking to Wantagh-Seaford Patch, Lush Hair Unisex Salon owner Harry Hernandez doesn't mince words when speaking of his passion for hairstyling, explaining, "the first time I picked up a pair of scissors, I knew it was something that I loved to do." After honing his skills in the industry for nearly a decade, he culled a team of experienced stylists and colorists to create a salon that caters to families, professionals, and the fashion-conscious alike.
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.
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.
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.