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.
Gale Lee is a renaissance woman when it comes to holistic healing. A certified hypnotist, spiritual coach, past-life regressionist, and reiki master, Gale taps into a different plane of consciousness to help her clients deal with the obstacles in their lives. Hypnotherapy can help break patterns of addiction associated with smoking and weight gain, and reiki sessions foster overall well-being as Gale channels the body's own energy to heal mind, body, spirit, and spirit's cousin, Bart.
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.