April & Co.'s owner, Paula Malerba, believes in the importance of education. That's why all of her hairstylists continually attend the L'Oréal Knowledge Lab in New York City to stay up to date on the latest cutting and coloring techniques. Aestheticians stay sharp, too, providing careful makeup applications and an anti-aging facial that's organic and seaweed-based, like the diet of a health-conscious manatee.
At Tranquility Salon and Day Spa in Mount Sinai, not a hair is out of place. That's because the team of meticulous stylists commits to providing an experience of Feng Shui, from the peaceful ambience to the dependable services. Before each service, a consultation with a stylist or aesthetician ensures that each client will get exactly the kind of service that they want, from hair-smoothing Keratin treatments to complexion-soothing facials. A deep-healing scalp and hair treatment fixes up damaged strands while alleviating stress, and brow waxing frames the eyes and preps countenances for a shopping trip to the mirror superstore. With spa packages and professional makeup application rounding out the service options, Tranquility Salon and Day Spa is a calming spot to get groomed toe to top.
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.
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.