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.
In 1973, Richard Nixon was president, Schoolhouse Rock! premiered, and Axios Salon was doing exactly what they do now––forming tresses into face-flattering cuts with bold color highlights. Drawing on these 40 years of experience, the salon has made many innovations, venturing into the realm of Japanese hair straightening, Mizani relaxer treatments, and Hair-Loc extensions. Axios's stylists are also fully licensed and offer fluency in multiple languages such as Greek, Spanish, and Haitian.
Studio 108 Hair Salon's experienced stylists Danielle and Samantha tame tresses in as little as 35 minutes with keratin express treatments. After guests are greeted and ushered into salon seats, one of the two mane whisperers prepare for the session by asking hair to meditate and imagine stretching before applying the strand-straightening serum. Keratin proteins hug the shaft of the hair, ridding neck toppers of frizz and unruly curls and leaving locks luscious and smooth. Though the treatment can be completed in less than an hour, results can last between four and six weeks, or enough time to cartwheel to the Statue of Liberty.
Voted as one of the best barbershops in Long Island by the readers of the Long Island Press, Two Kings Barbershop and Shave Parlor caters to all hair types inside its men-friendly shop. With more than 50 years of male-grooming experience combined, Two Kings’ barbers have the skills to help you look slick and trimmed. The barbers will masterfully shape your follicles after carefully listening to your vision of the perfect style, whether it's a new hairdo—from pompadours to skin fades to tape-ups—or a traditional cut. This deal also gets your stubborn stubble carefully scraped away with a soothing hot-towel and straight-razor shave, much more comfortable than homespun hair removal remedies that use duct tape and piranhas.
Although they moved to new, larger digs in April 2012, the team of expert stylists at Renaissance Salon still delivers the same trusted cuts, colors, and salon services that they've been doling out since 2007. Senior colorists Jennifer and Jessica excel at enriching locks with dimensional color, whereas bridal expert Krista dominates when it comes to readying clients for weddings. Michelle issues precision snips that transform played-out looks into fashionable 'dos, and trendsetter Julie remains ever-vigilant in the hunt for the most adventurous styles. The senior teams is joined by a crew of five fellow stylists and two assistants, but no matter their relative experience levels, their training expectation remains the same; all staff members at Renaissance Salon are required to attend at least two advanced-training seminars annually.
Vasari Salon has teased its clients' hair with its collective comb for upward of 20 years. The fashion-savvy stylists cut and sculpt men's, women's, and children's hair, and bring dulled strands to peak vibrancy with highlights and full coloring services. Perms, Keratin Complex treatments, and hair-straightening services round out the versatile repertoire, and styling stations often accommodate bridal parties and narcissistic wedding photographers seeking special-occasion updos and makeup.