Auckland is an upscale, cosmopolitan city with a large professional and executive population — so it boasts a wide range of facilities in every price range to keep locals looking their best. There are bargain haircut shops that offer a cut without a wash or blow-dry for as little as $20, while a cut, colour and blow-dry at a high-end salon can run upwards of $300. There are also skin salons offering facials, waxing and other beauty treatments, as well as Botox and other forms of medical skin repair, plus plenty of nail salons dedicated to manicures and pedicures.
There is no unique or special etiquette involved. Tipping hairdressers and other beauty practitioners is not the norm in New Zealand.
Something to be aware of is that not all salons have English speaking staff. This is especially obvious in Newmarket where there are a large number of Asian hairdressers and beauticians.
There are multiple salons of every type in most neighbourhoods – these are some of the best-known shops.
Rodney Wayne — http://www.rodneywayne.co.nz 19 locations plus 2 barbershops throughout Auckland
Popular, fashion-forward salon chain found primarily in malls. Mid-priced.
Servilles — http://www.servilles.com/ 5 Auckland locations – Albany, Chancery, Mission Bay, Newmarket and Ponsonby
Barbershops in Takapuna and on Shortland Street in the city.
High-end salon with award-winning stylists and colorists. Expensive.
Bettjemans — http://bettjemans.co.nz/ 52 Coates Avenue, Orakei – 522 8030
New Zealand’s 2009 hair salon of the year – innovative and totally luxurious. Expensive.
The $10 Haircut Bar
370 Queen St, Auckland City — 379 4648
12 Link Drive, Wairau Park, North Shore — 445 8410
Popular no-frills haircut store. Inexpensive.
Face and Body
Caci Medispa – http://www.caci.co.nz
12 locations in Auckland
Facials, manicures, pedicures and massage along with a full range of non-surgical medical techniques including laser hair removal, Botox and microdermabrasion. Moderate-expensive.
Forme Spa — http://www.formespa.co.nz
6 locations in Auckland
Full range of skin and body treatments, manicures and pedicures and hair removal. Non-surgical medical techniques including microdermabrasion and injectables. Moderate-expensive.
More Than Skin — http://www.morethanskin.co.nz/
4 Locations – Ponsonby, Albany, Howick and Manukau City
Facials, massages and other body treatments, manicures and pedicures, hair removal and laser treatments. Moderate-expensive.
For a full list of nail salons, go to: http://yellow.co.nz/search/auckland/manicurists-1.html
Auckland’s only nail salon chain is:
ProfessioNAIL – no website
8 Locations in Auckland.
Large chain of nail salon located in malls. Inexpensive.