Irish beauty salon owners to reopen as ‘hot spot’
The Irish beauty industry has been in a tailspin in recent years with an ageing clientele, and the country’s largest beauty brand, Massage Spa, has taken a hit.
Massage is one of the countrys largest and oldest beauty brands, and has been closed for almost two decades.
The chain’s owners have been told they must open up their businesses again, according to the Irish Times.
The paper said Massage has closed its doors for good in the city of Derry, while the owners of a spa in Galway have announced they are closing their doors in the same city.
“The owners of the Spa in Derry have announced that they will be closing their spa on Thursday 27 March, 2017,” the statement said.
“We are deeply saddened by the decision.
We will be opening up a new Spa in Galmore to cater for the needs of the new generation of Massage customers.”
Massage’s parent company, Massagemas, is based in Galport, in the Irish border town of Kerry, and is based at the Ballymore Hotel.
The owners of Massagemeas were also the owners and managers of Massacare Spa in the United Kingdom.
The company’s owners are seeking an injunction against the decision to close the spa.
Massagema owners are appealing the decision in the High Court in Dublin.
The case has been brought by the National Beauty Association, which represents many of the biggest beauty brands in the country.
In February 2017, Massacamase owners won a landmark case against a controversial cosmetic drug called Lortab.
In June, the company was awarded €20m in damages by a European Court of Human Rights after being hit by a “systematic failure to act in good faith” over its drug and its treatment of patients with diabetes.
The court found that the drug was “misleading” and did not provide the needed benefits to those with the disease.
The Irish Independent reported that the Irish cosmetics industry has fallen by around 40% over the past decade, with sales down by 25% in the last 12 months.
The report noted that the beauty industry is suffering from a shortage of talent, with a shortage in experienced and talented staff.
It is thought that the drop in demand in the beauty sector comes from the high cost of living, as well as the ageing population.
“People don’t know what to expect in terms of beauty treatments, so they’re spending more and more money on beauty treatments,” said Katie McAleer, the director of consumer health and wellbeing at the National Retail Association.
“There are no jobs, and people don’t have the confidence in the industry, so it’s a very volatile business.”
In 2017, there were around 20,000 people applying for beauty jobs across Ireland, according the latest statistics from the Department of Employment.
The number of job vacancies in the UK was slightly higher at 19,000.
The figures show that over the last year, the number of beauty jobs in Ireland has been steadily falling.
In 2016, there was a 24% increase in the number and number of people applying to jobs in the cosmetics industry, according a study by the Irish National Institute of Economic Research (INSEE).
According to INSEE, the beauty and cosmetic sector employed a total of 1.9 million people in 2017.