Amid the pale-blue walls of Vella Salon and Spa—formerly Cuts R Us—professional stylists revamp hair, and a staff of spa technicians tends to bodies. Soon after guests settle into the salon’s comfy black chairs and consult with their stylist, shears begin to clip away at split ends, and streaks of color begin to flash across scalps. On the other side of the salon, nail technicians apply glossy acrylics and tend to feet with massages. In private rooms, waxing treatments remove fuzz from legs and mustaches glued to upper lips.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jamie Skaggs firmly believes that everyone should have a say in the care they receive. After graduating from New York Chiropractic College, he practiced his craft in New York and Baltimore before opening Skaggs Chiropractic Care. Now he and his staff of massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and medical doctors rely on old-school techniques and modern equipment to ease aches. Their arsenal of stress- and pain-relieving gadgets includes ultrasound devices, electric muscle stimulation, and x-ray machines.
Hair that doesn't receive adequate love may dry out, split, or move back in with the in-laws. Hollywood Salon & Day Spa aims to stop these frustrating situations by giving hair a taste of the good life. Faux-marble tiles and leather furniture offer a modern feel as stylists deftly manipulate and color hair. The salon's many other beautifying services range from facial and nail treatments to restorative bodywork with a licensed massage therapist.
Upon entering Spa Exo'tique's 4,600-square-foot relaxation haven, clients head to their gender-appropriate changing facilities, dress themselves in comfortable garments, and unwind with a steamy cup of tea in the Serenity Room. Once ready, they meander into one of the 12 private treatment rooms, where experienced staffers skillfully relieve tension with massages, soften skin with body treatments, and purify pores with facials. Beyond the pampering techniques, the spa uplifts appearances with medical-grade services that range from chemical peels to the laser-powered removal of clients' unwanted fuzz, whether it's hair or simply a floor rug with separation anxiety.