Upon stepping into Pur Salon & Day Spa, visitors are ushered into a draped waiting lounge. There, they can sip beverages from the wet bar or cruise free WiFi. This is the first indication of Pur Salon & Day Spa’s mission to provide a pampering refuge for their clients. Beyond the waiting room, aestheticians specialize in nourishing spa treatments, wrapping skin in seaweed and soothing muscles with six varieties of massage. Additionally, Pur Salon & Day Spa’s stylists furnish clients dozens of hair services—they brighten tresses with hair color. They enhance Morse code blinks with individually applied eyelashes. And they whisk away unwanted fuzz from head to toe with gentle waxing services.
At Serenity Source Massage, a thought-provoking sign greets visitors as they enter. It doesn’t tell them to merge, stop, or yield to leaping dolphins. Instead, it challenges them to better their lives with one bold word: “simplify.” To fuel the simplification process, licensed massage therapists help muscles let go of stress, tension, and stiffness. Signature 80-minute massages tether the body to the mind with a custom blend of flowing strokes, acupressure, and trigger-point therapy complemented by warm towels and soothing heat packs. Add-ons such as a scalp massage or a foot sugar scrub promote blood flow to boost energy and facilitate healing. Chiropractors can help target pain sources with careful adjustments and exercises that cultivate mobility and strength.
The spa professionals of Spa Bella strive to create a relaxing environment for guests by ensuring that each of their treatments is pampering in addition to being effective. Skincare experts spruce up faces with a menu of facials that start with skin analyses to ensure clients receive treatments personalized to their needs. Using all-natural, high-quality products, the staff also soothes backs with massages and beautifies bodies with airbrush tans, waxing services, and, around the holidays, full-body tinsel wraps.
The stylists at Beau'Vous Salon aren't ones to rest on their professional laurels. There's always something new to learn and, in that spirit, they take continuing education classes every week. This keeps their skills sharp for the men's and women's salon treatments they provide; in addition to hair, the team also maintains skin and nails, performing manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing.
Beau'Vous Salon's aestheticians recognize that their skills can do more than just beautify clients: they can, in some small way, change lives. For the Beau'Vous Project, the stylists encourage their clientele to nominate deserving women of all ages who are experiencing economic crisis. Each year, a few of these young women receive complimentary formal hair styling and makeup for prom or other special events. The salon also works with the Family Service League to help struggling mothers prep for job interviews with free, professional salon services.
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.
The owners of Paper Doll Vintage Boutique inspect every vintage garment that they bring into their shop before adorning hangers with dresses, blouses, and other apparel crafted as long as 100 years ago. Shoppers can also find modern styles by designers such Yves Saint Laurent and Prada, costume jewelry and cufflinks, and handmade goods such as merlot-infused soap.