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.
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.
Though it offers traditional spa and salon services—hair, facials, waxing, massage, etc.—Age of New Beginnings Spa is not a static spa. The licensed and insured professionals provide onsite and on-location spa services, meaning clients can visit the spa for relaxing getaways or have the staff visit them in their homes, offices, or covered wagons. Along with single services, staffers also host custom spa bridal parties, office parties, and birthday parties.
Not stopping at traditional treatments, Age of New Beginnings offers an eclectic menu of holistic healing services including hypnotherapy, psychic readings, and meditation. Instructors also exercise groups with a variety of classes ranging from yoga, belly dancing, and boot camp to ballroom dances such as the waltz, salsa, and tango.
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.