Phountain Health was founded on the theory that staying healthy involves balancing the body's pH levels. In addition to bottling pH-balancing alkaline water—soon to be available via delivery—Phountain Health hosts infrared-sauna sessions, which aim to improve circulation and oust toxins, as do the spa's ionic detoxifying footbaths. The business' communal approach can also be seen in hot-yoga classes, where clients work out together rather than sit alone on the couch sipping battery acid.
Prior to opening her own studio, Couture Facials, licensed aesthetician Jessica hopped from the East Coast across the pond to Italy and Paris on a quest for the finest European skincare products. She returned to the United States and recruited a staff of beauty professionals to make use of her findings during a slew of skincare services. Each of the staff members is well-trained to perform a number of services, from exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments to anti-aging facials. Some treatments, such as the Fully Loaded facial, include a relaxing massage; others require the spa’s licensed massage therapists to step in and exclusively cater to tense muscles during deep-tissue, Swedish, and lava-stone massages. Though Couture Facials offers a relaxing environment to unwind, clients can also request at-home services, which save them the trouble of traveling or overcoming their fears of being attacked by a cloud.
At Aurora Nail & Skin Salon, the beauty experts aim to maintain a comfortable environment by bolstering each service with friendly conversation. As nail techs lay hot stones onto feet or gently dab OPI polish onto nails, they swap stories with their clients and mimic the experience of having nails done by a good friend. Dermalogica products nurture and heal facial skin, and gentle Jane Iredale makeup products accent lips, eyes, and vestigial rhino horns.
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.
Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
Eternal, the Spa's wax-wielders keep skin smooth and bodies free of troublesome sprouts, targeting zones listed on a menu of waxing services. Stomachs criss-crossed with wispy strands ($10), legs encased in hairy stockings ($60+), backs ($45+), and lips marred by a shadowy presence ($15) are left with nary a hair standing to contest their claim of silky smoothness. Alternately, in two separate sessions, Brazilian waxes delicately prep bodies for bikini season or skimpy snowpants. Depending on the size of the area and the density of hair, waxings take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
Signature Skin Care began more than 60 years ago, when a passionate couple opened a local hair salon. Fast-forward to the present, and the salon now functions under their daughter, Betty, with beauty services performed by her daughter, Karen—a licensed and certified aesthetician. Using all-natural products that are free of chemicals, artificial fragrances, and dyes, Karen treats bodies to services such as the salon’s signature facial, which blends deep cleansing with toning massage, skin analysis, and steam therapy. She also performs myriad other beauty treatments that range from peels and microdermabrasion to eyelash and hair extensions.