It's been a long time (seven weeks... but who's counting right?!) since any of us have been able to access hairdressers, beauticians, nail spas and many other appearance specialists that really bring a new meaning to 'essential service' for a lot of people! But never fear, thanks to our collective efforts in the fight against COVID-19, they're back which means it's time to get prepped, polished and pampered once more. Below is our list of all the best places in the city, ready and open and truly worth a visit. If you have any reservations or queries around safety and hygiene ahead of your visit, give the clinic or salon a ring and they will happily answer your queries.  

Hair salons 

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Dry & Tea | City Works Depot and Britomart salons  

The very popular Dry & Tea blow dry bar offers a range of services that start at an incredibly affordable Express Salon Finish where the clean and dry hair you arrive with will be given a quick 15 minute joosh by a professional, leaving you looking salon polished. If it's a good blow dry you need, then Dry & Tea offers a wash and dry that's the perfect precursor to catching up with friends for the first time in a long time. A wider range of hair services including a full cut and colour, are also available. Dry & Tea will also have the highest hygiene and safety standards in place and are ready to go!

Salon studio space

French Revolver Studio | 141 Victoria Street West 

Looking for a radical change post lockdown? We've found a great place to book into! Created by award winning hairstylist Brad Lepper, French Revolver Studio features experienced stylists that will create a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle in a relaxing and private environment, using only premium products to give the best possible result for your hair. They'll be doing everything they can to make it safe for you to come in under alert level 2 and adhering to all guidelines as set out - give them a call if you have any further questions on 09 550 1200. 

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Rodney Wayne | 58 Fort Street 

At the forefront of all of the hairdressing trends, Rodney Wayne encompasses creativity and originality into the hair salon experience. To ensure they also take care of your wellbeing, they’ll be working to government Level 2 health requirements but will continue to offer all of their incredible services from cuts and colour, to treatments and dry styling. We also love their current competition to nominate a frontline worker whose lockdown locks deserve some love. Winners will be treated to a service of their choice to help restore their hair to its pre-lockdown glory. Entries close on Friday May 15 at noon - see all the details and enter here


Salon space

Ryder Hair Salon | 56 Customs Street 

Couldn't get in for an appointment to sort your regrowth before lockdown and now itching to get it sorted as soon as possible? Ryder Salon offers haircuts, colour and styling for men and women in a way that is contemporary but personalised to suit the individual - check out their Britomart salon online now. They'll be adhering to strict distancing and hygiene methods including only accommodating the person who has the appointment, hand sanitiser provided on arrival, cleaning all areas of client contact with high-grade disinfectant after each appointment, hairdressers wearing PPE, as well as work stations being over 1m apart. 

Nail studios 

Foot spa treatment area

Sassi Nail Bar | Level 1/51 High Street 

We recommend calling ahead as this nail bar is a popular spot and for good reason. Whether you're looking to spice up your nails, you're after a regular place to maintain your look or simply after a pamper, Sassi Nail Bar is the place to go for quality, hygienic nail treatments.

Women in a nail salon

The L Nail and Beauty | 8 Courthouse Lane 

Congratulations if you have resisted the urge to peel and pick off your gel nails over the last 7 weeks! The L Nail & Beauty Bar is the perfect place for you to get your nails back to perfection. The salon provides services like manicure and pedicures with shellac, gel and acrylic nails, and nail art. They also have a range of waxing and eyelash extension services available.


Speciality beauty and hair removal clinics

Facial treatment

Lash Noir | City Works Depot 

Lash Noir is dedicated to creating alluring lash enhancements to suit your personality, eyeshape & occasion. Treatments include Lash Perming, Tinting, Extensions and Yumi Lash Lift. Their unique application technique ensures clients natural lashes remain in perfect health, while the finish is soft, natural looking and long lasting. To keep with safety and contact tracing methods, they are unable to accomodate any walk ins, but are available by appointment to be scheduled and paid online. They are also limiting people in salon so will not be using their waiting area - instead, therapists will call you when we are ready for you to come in. 

Treatment room

Off & On | 56 Galway Street 

Your one-stop shop when it comes to hair removal and other hair related treatments such as microblading, brow tinting and even botox, we love Off & On for their friendly staff and dedication to completing the task at hand with zero fuss and maximum professionalism! Rest assured they will be extending and altering their operations everywhere to meet the immediate need and importantly do so safely - give the clinic a call to chat through any queries you might have. 


Enrich Beauty | 19 Graham Street 

From waxing to threading, relaxing facial treatments, tinting, manicure and pedicure, makeup, massage, body and hair treatments, Enrich Beauty is a great place to book in for some pamper time and will have just the thing you're looking for! Keeping social distancing in mind, the clinic won’t be serving any walk-ins. There will also be a 15 minute gap between each appointment to avoid over-crowding in the salon. 

Spa and massage therapy 


The Facialist | City Works Depot 

With a beautiful, discreet boutique clinic located in the City Works Depot, this is the place to get your next facial and treat your skin to something truly special - which it deserves after 7 weeks at home! Marrying innovative science with the nourishing properties of nature, The Facialist crafts bespoke skin prescriptions and treatment plans that are uniquely designed for your skins needs and objectives. So go on, treat yourself! Prepped and ready to go from Thursday May 14 under Alert Level 2, call ahead or enquire while you are booking to have your questions around safety procedures answered.

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Forme Spa | 5 O'Connell Street

It's time to give your body the relaxing treatment it deserves and work away the stresses that might have formed during our isolation process, as well as give your skin the professional touch it might be longing for. With Day Spa packages available as well as different professional skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, skin peels, light therapy, or beauty therapy maintenance treatments, Forme Spa is a great place to go. Call ahead of your appointment if you are concerned around how safety and hygiene procedures will work during alert level 2 and the team will be happy to answer your questions.

Massage beds

East Day Spa | Ground Floor SKYCITY Grand Hotel

Known as one of New Zealand’s largest premiere luxury day spas, East Day Spa boasts 12 individual treatment rooms, of which 5 are double suites, a spacious relaxation area with individual pods, steam room with vichy shower, group manicure and pedicure room, and brow bar. Take a look at East Day Spa's treatment menu - there are some great options for couples or get your friends together now you are able to again for a pamper session you can all experience together! Offering a safe and stress free enviornment they look forward to seeing you and pampering you again under social distancing rules. When you book with them, be assured your safety is paramount. They have even reduced the SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland valet parking rate for guests during Alert Level 2 - it is now only $15 for up to 3 hours. 

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Barclay Relax | 74 Albert Street 

Barclay Relax is a secluded oasis in the heart of the city that brings together traditional and modern wellness techniques. Inspired by the practice of traditional Asian medicine and naturopathy, each treatment is thoughtfully designed to restore well-being and ensure a relaxing experience. If you're looking for a unique spa experience, enquire with Barlcay Relax today. 

Last updated: 14 May 2020