After 15 years, Unique Salon & Spa's dedicated staffers carry on with a large slate of services under their new collective moniker. A thorough spa menu is divided among categories of "beauty," "body," "soul." The "beauty" menu offers haircuts, color services, and makeup applications, prepping faces and hair for swanky appearances. "Body" services tend to fingers and toes, painting delicate colors over newly buffed nails or removing unwanted body hair with waxes. Meanwhile, "soul" offers up therapeutic massages and facials, refreshing and rejuvenating muscles and skin.
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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.
Old-fashioned grooming meets modern men's aesthetics at Prestige Barbers, where hair, nails, and whiskers luxuriate in manly pampering techniques. After gauging client preferences during the initial consultation, barbers snip manes into the optimal 'do, from a standard trim to fades, mohawks, and well-gelled Clark Gables. Just as in the days of yore, every shave commences with a hot-towel wrap to open pores and soften bristles before a single-blade razor glides through clouds of shaving cream, leaving cheeks and chins baby smooth. Technicians soak, file, and buff nails to a neat gleam, leaving confident digits ready to breeze through sandal season or to stop hiding inside boxing gloves during important business meetings.
Elegant Hair Salon’s owner, Josephine, welcomes guests into her salon, guiding patrons to maroon styling chairs where stylists await to answer every coif concern using Aveda and Bumble and bumble products. Each station is outfitted with a selection of professional products that give stylists easy access during smoothing, straightening, and styling treatments. Stylists are well-trained in the art of adding multifaceted hue to locks while maintaining hair’s strength and sleekness. Clients can peruse the salon’s shelves to find the products used during treatments so they can re-create smooth, structured coifs at home without hiring an architect to draft bobby-pin infrastructures
Studio lighting, chandeliers, and metallic wall fixtures illuminate the elegant salon at Alter Ego Hair Studio, where white walls and frameless mirrors convey a sleek atmosphere. There, stylists snip sleek cuts, apply makeup, and design artful updos for brides and their bridal parties using products such as Goldwell, Aquage, and Farooq. Along with color services and blowouts, the staff also administers waxing and nail services, so clients can leave ready to hit big events.
Using time-honored barbershop techniques, the team at Hair & Co Salon in Syosset rework gents’ hair into sharp, clean styles. Barbers skillfully use razors during royal hot towel shaves, which smoothly clear away stubble and packing labels that have been left on the face. The salon also performs women's haircuts and styles, with the help of top-of-the-line products such as Redken, Matrix, and Moroccanoil.