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.
Healthy living encompasses a whole range of behaviors and activities, from eating right to only riding unicycles around the edges of volcanoes when strictly necessary. South Bay Wellness’s team of expert practitioners seek to offer guidance in as many areas as possible, offering guests such disparate services as nutritional counseling, hypnotic behavior modification, and feng shui. At the center, patrons can avail themselves of one-time services, streamlining childbirth with the help of veteran doulas or working out a stubborn back kink in massage. Those looking for more thorough changes can join groups and programs that help solidify radical lifestyle changes in willing participants.
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.
Staff members at Smooth Body Salon & Spa pamper hair with eco-friendly vegan products full of oil-based Redken Chromatics elixirs and proteins. Aestheticians clear away dead skin with microdermabrasions, whereas makeup artists embellish freshly buffed visages with traditional or airbrush makeup. Waxing services are also available for both women and men.