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.
The staff at Grace Forever views your skin as a coat of armor, which they strive to keep in mint condition with a variety of facial and body masks. To soothe sensitive skin and repair environmental damage, they apply oatmeal masks, and the multivitamin mask delivers antioxidants to skin to protect and enhance healthy tissue regeneration. Along with smoothing surfaces with masks, the staff resurfaces skin with microdermabrasion and chemical peels, which remove dead skin cells to reveal the more youthful and bright skin beneath. They take care of full-body surfaces with mud massages and mineral salt scrubs and tend to manly needs with a post-shave balm or daily scrub that preps skin for close shaves with a flat-edged razor or, for true men, a logging axe.
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.
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.
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.
Angel Tips Nail Spa specializes in lavish nail care packages performed with care and attentiveness. Services such as the chocolate pedicure—which includes a chocolate sea salt scrub, hot stone massage, and anti-oxidant chocolate cream—promise a relaxing and pampered sojourn that lasts from the first touch of the file to the final stroke of polish. Inside of this clean and modern spa, technicians also offer waxing, massage, and facials.
Voted as one of the best barbershops in Long Island by the readers of the Long Island Press, Two Kings Barbershop and Shave Parlor caters to all hair types inside its men-friendly shop. With more than 50 years of male-grooming experience combined, Two Kings’ barbers have the skills to help you look slick and trimmed. The barbers will masterfully shape your follicles after carefully listening to your vision of the perfect style, whether it's a new hairdo—from pompadours to skin fades to tape-ups—or a traditional cut. This deal also gets your stubborn stubble carefully scraped away with a soothing hot-towel and straight-razor shave, much more comfortable than homespun hair removal remedies that use duct tape and piranhas.