There are three ways to achieve a bronze, summery shade. You can lie out in the sun, soak in the controlled rays of a tanning bed, or get an airbrush spray tan. Though overcast skies or cold weather can make the first option a bit unreliable, Tan Lines Optional Tanning Salon has the other two covered no matter the season. The salon’s fleet of tanning beds imbues skin with natural color, and its airbrush technicians spray even mists of bronzing solution across skin for UV-free tans. The salon stays open until 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, providing further evidence of its superiority to the actual sun.
Armed with Norvelle tanning technology, GLO’s mobile team of certified spray-tan artists bronzes bods with anti-aging, moisturizing solutions. They deliver 15-minute, mess-free mistings in portable booths they can set up quickly in customers’ homes and offices. The resulting tans may last up to 10 days with proper care. The talented crew can also curate on-location spa parties brimming with pampering treatments, such as spray tans, massages, mani-pedis, facials, and more.
Amid the pale-blue walls of Vella Salon and Spa—formerly Cuts R Us—professional stylists revamp hair, and a staff of spa technicians tends to bodies. Soon after guests settle into the salon’s comfy black chairs and consult with their stylist, shears begin to clip away at split ends, and streaks of color begin to flash across scalps. On the other side of the salon, nail technicians apply glossy acrylics and tend to feet with massages. In private rooms, waxing treatments remove fuzz from legs and mustaches glued to upper lips.
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.
Each membership level offers a distinct set of benefits, ranging from the simple tonal bliss of the basic bronze-level experience to the top-tier transformative power of lounge-chair tanning with the diamond package. Depending on the individual level and bed, guests can enjoy on-board amenities that may include the use of climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs. Certain beds even have an open-air design to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and burritophobia, the fear of appearing delicious.