Business of the Month – The House of Beauty Therapy

Business of the Month – The House of Beauty Therapy

Business of the Month – The House of Beauty Therapy 1500 1001 The Flyer Magazine

Business of the Month

The House of Beauty Therapy

Tucked away on the first floor above the busy, new Queenstown Central shopping centre at Five Mile is a haven of peace and pampering – The House of Beauty Therapy.

A hidden gem for anyone who wants a little bit of indulgence, The House of Beauty Therapy offers everything from facials, massage, manicures, eyelash or brow treatments to cosmetic injectables, spray tanning or advanced skin care treatments.

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t’s not only a professional beauty salon, but also a training school catering to beauty therapy trainees, or those just keen to study a specific section of their current Beauty Therapy qualification. Students have been arriving from all over the South Island, even Auckland, to study at The House of Beauty Therapy’s Training School this year.

The salon and school, which expanded a year ago into a much larger premises above Kiwibank at Queenstown Central to cater for increasing demand, is a spacious and luxurious area. The school’s four-bed training room is bathed in natural light featuring large ceiling to floor windows.

It’s all a dream come true for British-born owner Laura-dee Quinn, who saw a gap in the South Island market for good quality beauty therapy training and upskilling.

Laura-dee first opened her salon around the corner two and a half years ago with only very limited space for the school, which forced a rapid expansion a year later. Husband Scott Quinn built the new area to the finest standard, ensuring everything was catered for.

“Since lockdown it’s been crazy with so much demand in both the salon and the school,” says Laura-dee. “I think people are treating themselves as they can’t go on overseas holidays at the moment,” she says. “We’ve also had strong demand for training courses with students coming from Christchurch, Auckland, as well as all over Southland and Otago.”

Laura-dee is well qualified with 17 years’ experience in the beauty industry. She originally trained in Yorkshire in 2004, gaining experience working as a spa therapist on luxury cruise liners. She then went on to work in five-star spas in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Her career then landed her in Sydney at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel and on to Queenstown where she worked for a local salon.

In 2010 Laura-dee returned to the UK with Scott for three years to pursue her teaching qualification. She graduated in 2013 gaining a Certificate in Education, Mentoring and Assessing and was offered the programme manager role at the Southern Institute of Technology in Queenstown.

She taught the Level 5 Diploma in Beauty Therapy for five years. However, Laura-dee says the demand to upskill was always the main focus in the South Island and demand for this has been huge since she opened her own Queenstown school.

With so many people losing jobs during lockdown there’s been a big demand for professional development training and upskilling.

Many qualified overseas therapists on work visas have left the country this year due to the Covid crisis. As a result, Laura-dee says some employers are sending the likes of reception staff to her courses to gain a qualification in one or two aspects of beauty therapy, such as nails and massage. “They can then help out with clients when necessary.”

It’s a great asset to Queenstown.

“Many salons in the South Island were missing out on the professional development training as it was too costly to have therapists travel to Christchurch and Auckland and take time off,” says Laura-dee.

“Our beauty salon’s point of difference is that we do everything under the one roof from massage, skincare, nails and waxing to make-up, cosmetic injectables and teeth whitening.” We even have Queenstown’s only walk-in brow bar, for which no appointments are necessary – perfect for those mums or busy workers who don’t have the time to schedule an appointment.”

Laura-dee and the team are hoping to cater to more weddings once the market is free to open up more. “We have a beautiful large reception area to cater for wedding parties and can offer platters and refreshments to our clients.”

The 217sqm salon and school includes three treatment rooms, a couple’s massage room and spray tanning room. Tanning Thursdays are popular – a full body spray tan for $20 are booked out each week.

“We also offer a lot of advanced treatments including Dermaplaning and derma-needling – a collagen induction treatment.”

There’s also an increase in clients seeking cosmetic injectable treatments. “We have a highly experienced, qualified nurse who travels from Christchurch once a month to perform these treatments,” she says.

“We are also the only place in Queenstown that offers the non-surgical facelift which is a non-invasive skincare treatment designed as ‘a work-out for the face’. It stimulates the muscles and encourages them to remember where they used to be. Clients see a huge difference in just one treatment,” she says. “The best results are obtained through a series of 10 treatments in a month.”

Laura-dee has also been providing her expertise for the monthly beauty column in The Flyer, offering beauty tips and tricks from her industry experience.

For Laura-dee and her team the future looks bright.

To book a treatment with one of the experienced therapists at The House of Beauty Therapy salon, or to enquire about training courses, check out their website.

Level 1, Grant Road, Queenstown Central, Frankton (above Kiwi Bank)

03 441 1088