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.
Recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Vanessa Williams founded The Flawless Group to free up time for busy folks through luxury-concierge and mobile-spa services. As a concierge, Vanessa can take care of day-to-day errands including arranging travel plans, picking up the dry cleaning, and chauffeuring clients around town in a luxury car or adult-size stroller. As a licensed aesthetician, her spa services can take the edge off of workaday stress with massage therapy, meditation, and facials. Whether an individual, corporate entity, or educational institution, each of Vanessa's clients saves time and might become superhuman.
Aria 366's massage therapists and aestheticians pry the signs of stress from the grip of muscles head to toe, leaving clients refreshed both physically and mentally. In the single-person massage room, their massages incorporate therapeutic and relaxing modalities accentuated with hot stones, warm towels, or scented oils upon request. To address skincare concerns, facials generate dramatic change by utilizing everything from grapefruit and honeysuckle extracts to ultrasonic therapy and LED microcurrent technology. Body treatments improve skin tone and texture below the chin, nourishing with mineral-rich volcanic ash and sea minerals to leave skin as soft and radiant as a bonfire fueled by silk bathrobes.
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.
Nature's Touch Day Spa's all-natural sugaring-solution components—water, sugar, and lemon—sound more appropriate for a recipe than a hair-removal treatment. However, the solution attaches to individual hair strands rather than the skin, so it removes hair with significantly less pain than traditional waxing while also exfoliating the skin. Staff members can enhance this service by adding all-natural pine resin to the treatment, which ousts stubborn hairs and prevents ingrown hairs. In addition, they use threading techniques to precisely shape body hair and harness intense pulsed-light equipment to remove hair with lasers.
Upon entering Spa Exo'tique's 4,600-square-foot relaxation haven, clients head to their gender-appropriate changing facilities, dress themselves in comfortable garments, and unwind with a steamy cup of tea in the Serenity Room. Once ready, they meander into one of the 12 private treatment rooms, where experienced staffers skillfully relieve tension with massages, soften skin with body treatments, and purify pores with facials. Beyond the pampering techniques, the spa uplifts appearances with medical-grade services that range from chemical peels to the laser-powered removal of clients' unwanted fuzz, whether it's hair or simply a floor rug with separation anxiety.
The realization of Dr. Alan Sherr’s dream of a multidisciplinary holistic healthcare facility, Northport Wellness Center broadens the community’s understanding of big-picture health concerns with alternative therapies ranging from acupuncture and massage therapy to art psychotherapy and breast thermography. Trained practitioners develop whole-body health strategies, combining their talents in fields that, like freelance presidents, usually work independently of one another. The tranquil clinic combines medical precision with the sprawling corridors of its homey office, where keepers manage an online shop that peddles natural supplements, eco-friendly BioPosture bedding, and library-ready books and manuals.