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.
At Silk Hair Spa, located right on Main Street in Sayville, a team of highly trained stylists helm their dark wood styling stations. Placing a high value on education and training, this crew of stylists and their expert assistants keep abreast of industry advancements and hone their already substantial skills during ongoing on- and off-site training and classes. The staff conducts pretreatment consultations before every service to help architect a new look or hair color based upon their guest’s individual style and features. Throughout the day, stylists bustle about the spacious second-floor spa, which overlooks downtown Sayville, adding dimension to monochromatic manes via delicate crown highlights or installing flowing hair extensions to be climbed by local prince charmings.
At Serenity Source Massage, a thought-provoking sign greets visitors as they enter. It doesn’t tell them to merge, stop, or yield to leaping dolphins. Instead, it challenges them to better their lives with one bold word: “simplify.” To fuel the simplification process, licensed massage therapists help muscles let go of stress, tension, and stiffness. Signature 80-minute massages tether the body to the mind with a custom blend of flowing strokes, acupressure, and trigger-point therapy complemented by warm towels and soothing heat packs. Add-ons such as a scalp massage or a foot sugar scrub promote blood flow to boost energy and facilitate healing. Chiropractors can help target pain sources with careful adjustments and exercises that cultivate mobility and strength.
The stylists at Beau'Vous Salon aren't ones to rest on their professional laurels. There's always something new to learn and, in that spirit, they take continuing education classes every week. This keeps their skills sharp for the men's and women's salon treatments they provide; in addition to hair, the team also maintains skin and nails, performing manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxing.
Beau'Vous Salon's aestheticians recognize that their skills can do more than just beautify clients: they can, in some small way, change lives. For the Beau'Vous Project, the stylists encourage their clientele to nominate deserving women of all ages who are experiencing economic crisis. Each year, a few of these young women receive complimentary formal hair styling and makeup for prom or other special events. The salon also works with the Family Service League to help struggling mothers prep for job interviews with free, professional salon services.
Salon d'Artiste's stylists commit themselves to customization. That means that every hair-design treatment is built around the client's facial features, skin tone, and lifestyle. This mission goes along with their artistic sensibilities, which they exercise to fashion cuts and color that burst with vibrancy and originality, including classic, conservative, or cutting edge coifs. Regardless of the look they create, the style is drawn from that artistic sensibility and exhaustive training, which leads them abroad to learn the latest trends and techniques.
The spa professionals of Spa Bella strive to create a relaxing environment for guests by ensuring that each of their treatments is pampering in addition to being effective. Skincare experts spruce up faces with a menu of facials that start with skin analyses to ensure clients receive treatments personalized to their needs. Using all-natural, high-quality products, the staff also soothes backs with massages and beautifies bodies with airbrush tans, waxing services, and, around the holidays, full-body tinsel wraps.