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 locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either 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 of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
At her holistic wellness center, Vanessa Galati restores health and vigor to ailing bodies through an array of detoxification procedures and technologies. Her Colenz hydrotherapy system aims to gently and naturally restore hydration to the colon while ridding it of toxic impacted materials and aiding in the assimilation of nutrients. Other remedies in her repertoire include an infrared sauna and an ionic footbath, which draw bodily toxins through the pores or feet. Slimming body wraps use far-infrared heat to convert fat into energy and cellulite into fully functional clock radios.
Through Cleansing Concepts' soothing Vinyasa-flow classes, certified yoga instructor Alexis Chemnitz helps students get in touch with their minds and bodies through seamless movements, gentle breathing exercises, and dance-like yoga-pose work.
Lifetime Laser is a beauty-boosting medical spa that maintains sterling faces with a vast menu of skincare services. A Botox cosmetic injection treatment smoothes faces marred with frown lines and crevices from sleeping on keyboards. This Groupon is good for 10 units of Botox or for $200 toward a syringe of Radiesse, an injectable product for enhancing lips or reducing the appearance of some scars, frown lines, and nasal furrows ($395). Cluttered pores can be unpacked with a microdermabrasion facial treatment, which deploys an army of mild abrasives to coerce loitering dead skin cells to decamp, softening skin and fading age spots. For treating freckles, acne scars, and unsightly spider veins, customers can choose the photo facial to blast away facial foibles with light and radio frequencies that improve skin texture and head-bobbing dance endurance at discotheques. Lifetime Laser typically recommends three photo facials for best results.
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.
Marosé Spa and Wellness' licensed beauty professionals specialize in skincare for the whole body. They approach each appointment with a fresh perspective, customizing facials to yield specific results. Whether battling wrinkles, blemishes, or sun damage, they ensure that skin feels springy and supple, like a brand-new hacky sack, upon completion. The technicians harness advanced technology for their body treatments, tightening up fat-prone areas suction stimulation and detoxifying wraps. To complement skincare treatments, massage therapists administer aromatherapy and hot-stone massages.
At Fairytale Soiree, party hosts bustle around 6–12 girls as they're pampered with glittery tattoos and manicures. Parties can be held at the pink, black, and white spa or at the house or location of the birthday girl's choosing. Onsite parties include the Princess Tea Party with a birthday-princess coronation, and on-the-go packages include the Hollywood Spa party with spa robes and make-your-own lip gloss.
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.