The beauty industry is booming, with many small businesses offering beauty treatments and consultations in the city.
But for some locals, it’s a bit of a gamble.
“I’ve been to a lot of them in the past, but they’re so pricey,” said Kealan Hensley, who runs a beauty salon on the edge of the city’s CBD.
“If you can’t afford it, they’re pretty much like a hotel, so it’s not really a good option.”
The beauty salon Hensly runs has been offering treatments to the public since 2011.
“There’s been a big change in the industry, but it’s still very niche,” he said.
“It’s definitely not something we’d be looking to get involved in.”
But it’s something I think we could really benefit from.
“Hensley says his business is a niche one.”
The beauty industry in Auckland is a bit like a rollercoaster ride, and we’re definitely not the fastest way to get where we want to go.
“His salon has been able to keep its prices high because of the industry’s boom.”
We don’t have to pay out-of-pocket.
We pay through our own bank account and the salon pays out of pocket as well.
“For many locals, the beauty industry has a lot more to offer than just spa treatments.”
My favourite is the shampoo, I love that because it makes my hair feel so soft,” said Hensie.”
For a lot, I’d rather just have a shampoo and moisturiser.
“People don’t really think about it because it’s so basic, and I’m sure a lot don’t even know that there’s a beauty spa out there.”
The city has also seen a big increase in visitors to the beauty spa in recent years.
“This past year we’ve had upwards of 40,000 people come in,” said Holly, who works in the salon.
“A lot of it is kids coming in from the bush and looking for a little bit of fun, but we also get a lot younger people.”
Holly said she was happy to have people visiting her business and was surprised that so many people were keen to visit.
“They come in and get a really good massage, they see us and get excited about us and want to come back.”
The number of visitors to her salon has more than doubled in the last year, from around 300 people to over 1,000, she said.
But the spa’s owners are not happy with the way the tourism industry is affecting their business.
“That’s one thing I’d like to change.
I think if we had a little more control over how the tourism economy is affecting us, maybe we could get a little bigger,” said Ms Hensleys.
She said there was a big demand for the spa for children, but said it was difficult to compete against other similar businesses.
“As a small business, we’re still trying to survive and stay afloat.”
With the number of tourists coming in, I think it’s pretty hard to compete.