The Haircut Price Index reveals UK’s costliest blowdry 

With hairdressers opening across the country again this week, thousands will be flocking to get a trim after three months of closures. Whether you want a blowdry, cut and finish or a whole head of colour, there are certainly going to be queues. With this increase in demand, it’s likely that salons across the board will be upping their prices to cover overheads, as well as to ensure lost revenue from closures, social distancing and new procedures are covered. 

 

Prices have always varied wildly across salons and depending on your specific treatment. We already know that where you are in the country can affect your salon experience, as harder water areas means it’s harder to lather shampoo and wash out products. But where in the country affects you most financially for a haircut? We wanted to explore and find out the average prices across the UK top cities for the most popular treatments. 

 

The data: how did we work it out?

 

To work this out then, we took pricing information from the most popular treatments in independent regional hairdressers from the top 20 cities across the UK, pulling together a comprehensive list of the cheapest and most expensive places to have common hair treatments across the UK.

 

We took pricing information for the top most popular treatments from hair salons which includes:

 

  • Ladies cut and blowdry

  • Gents cut and blowdry

  • Blowdry

  • Full head highlights

  • Half head highlights

  • T-section highlights

  • Full head colour   

 

Once we had worked out each treatment's average cost across the cities, we then worked out the average price of all treatments put together to know which is the cheapest overall for hair treatment. 

 

The data revealed that top 10 cheapest places on average are the following: 

 



City

Average overall treatment cost

Leeds

38.42857143

Sheffield

43.71428571

Newcastle

44.57142857

Cardiff

45.5

Belfast

51.57142857

Aberdeen

54.57142857

Edinburgh

55.33571429

Glasgow

57

Liverpool

57.24285714

York

57.85714286

 

It looks like you’ll have to head up North for a cheaper haircut, as the two cheapest cities overall on average for haircare appear to be in Yorkshire. Price might not be the only beneficial thing when considering these locations; the water in Yorkshire is a lot softer than some of the more Southern locations, meaning the whole salon experience will be better overall!

 

The top ten most expensive places are the following:

 



City

Average overall treatment cost

London

68.57142857

Brighton

66.71428571

Birmingham

64.39285714

Southampton

63.32142857

Bristol

61.76571429

Reading

61.39285714

Cambridge

60.62857143

Manchester

60.52857143

Leicester

58.84142857

Nottingham

58.38142857

 

Unsurprisingly, London is the costliest average overall treatment cost for haircare - but it’s quite closely followed by Brighton and Birmingham! If you’re unlucky enough to live in Southampton or Reading, your hairdresser bills will be high and hard water is also rampant in these areas!

 

Full data on specific treatments

 

See below the breakdown of the specific treatments and the average costs of each for each city:

 









City

Ladies Cut and Finish

Blowdry

Gents Cut and Finish

Full Head Highlights or Balayage

Half Head Highlights or Balayage

T-Section Highlights

Full Head Permanent Colour

Leeds

38.5

17.5

21

72.5

48

33

38.5

Sheffield

43

25

25

68

52

42

51

Newcastle

35

22

30

70

65

42

48

Cardiff

48.5

19

29

72

46

22

82

Belfast

50

27

36

70

59

29

90

Aberdeen

38

27

31

82

51

41

112

Edinburgh

41.5

30.5

32.95

64.75

56.95

51.75

108.95

Glasgow

41

28

34

95

70

58

73

Liverpool

45

30

35

99

80

56.7

55

York

45

30

35

100

80

60

55

Nottingham

45

28

45

100

80

60

50.67

Leicester

45

31.2

35.5

99.99

80

61.3

58.9

Manchester

49.7

29

35

105

90

60

55

Cambridge

50

29.5

35

105

89.9

60

55

Reading

50

29.75

35

105

90

60

60

Bristol

50.1

30

40

105

91

60.66

55.6

Southampton

54

31.25

40

105

90

63

60

Birmingham

51.25

30

40

105

92.3

61.5

70.7

Brighton

55

32

45

115

99

66

55

London

65

35

40

115

95

70

60

 

Average costs across city 

 



City

Average overall treatment cost

Leeds

38.42857143

Sheffield

43.71428571

Newcastle

44.57142857

Cardiff

45.5

Belfast

51.57142857

Aberdeen

54.57142857

Edinburgh

55.33571429

Glasgow

57

Liverpool

57.24285714

York

57.85714286

Nottingham

58.38142857

Leicester

58.84142857

Manchester

60.52857143

Cambridge

60.62857143

Reading

61.39285714

Bristol

61.76571429

Southampton

63.32142857

Birmingham

64.39285714

Brighton

66.71428571

London

68.57142857

 

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