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 2011 and 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.
A "weightless belly cushion" sounds like a tool for astronauts, but it's actually an integral part of a prenatal massage at Above All Massage Therapy. This specialized cushion allows expectant mothers to comfortably lie on their stomachs or backs during a soothing massage that's meant to allay the aches associated with pregnancy. This kind of customized attention is the norm at the spa, where therapists adjust their modalities to suit both medical and emotional needs.
Their signature massages combine European, Eastern, and yoga techniques to the client's specifications, with optional add-ons that range from a peppermint foot treatment to the application of heat to relieve pain. Sports massages are just as personalized. They help athletes prevent or recover from injuries with a mix of localized kneads and stretches, as well as sessions in the infrared sauna. The spa also offers couples massage, which is almost as romantic and relaxing as falling asleep beneath the table at a fancy French restaurant.
Live music and a duo of fireplaces create a cozy ambience inside Restaurant Five Five 2, an eatery named for its address on North Country Road in St. James. Chef prepares small-plate tapas such as the PEI mussels steamed in lobster broth and salmon tartare served on crisp wontons with spicy mayo, more substantial entrees such as New York Strip Steak or Linguini Pescatore, along with sliders that a New York Times reviewer praised as "the best sliders I?ve ever had, made with Angus beef, cooked precisely to order (medium-rare) and running with juices." That same review described the desserts such as the cr?me br?l?e, as "perfect: thick, cold and satiny." Five Five 2 was also voted one of the best restaurants of 2013 by Newsday.
Rolando Cevallos's beauty career began with makeup, but after mastering the art—and working his way up to become the creative director of Chanel—he decided to segue into hair. Rolando perfected his techniques as a top stylist in numerous New York salons before opening Paris Salon. He is constantly looking for new ways to elevate his craft, and, through frequent trainings and lots of hard work and positive energy, encourages his staff to do the same. Together, they perform designer haircuts, color, and makeup applications in the chic salon space.
Master stylist Steven Melito knows that style continually evolves?so he supports his team at Sivana Salon by encouraging continued eduction and creative development. The stylists apply this up-to-date know-how with an array of mane taming services for men, women, and children, from haircuts and blowouts to glazed coloring and weave extensions. To accentuate revamped looks, the salon's aestheticians can apply airbrush makeup to lift unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.