Recent research reveals that average British women spend up to £40,000 in a lifetime on her hair and £100,000 on cosmetics.
It’s no secret that the beauty industry is a booming business with women spending approximately £300 billion per year on keeping themselves looking their best.
A country of low maintenance tomboys we most definitely are not.
According to a survey by hairtrade.com women will each spend up to £40,000 in their lifetime on cutting, colouring and styling at the hairdressers. Just to put this into context, the average amount spent on a UK house deposit is £31,000. For around the same amount, you could buy two Mini Coopers or a modern apartment in Bradford.
A woman could visit the salon six times a year for a cut and blow-dry, which would usually cost around £35 at an average salon. Add that to the £65 a woman pays to colour her hair every 10 weeks and that’s a total of £338 per year – without taking into account more exclusive spots and other hair treatments.
Top iconic beauty products
Top iconic beauty products
1/8 Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream
It was launched in 1930, two are sold every minute worldwide.
2/8 L’Oreal Elnett hairspray
Launched in 1960, this is the classic golden bottle in every generation's covert. Undoubtedly, 20 are sold every minute in the UK
3/8 Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Lotion
Launched in 1968, nearly 13 are sold every minute worldwide
4/8 Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
It’s been a bestseller since it was first launched in 1971. Today 30 are sold every minute in the US
5/8 Nars Orgasm Blush
The world loves pink cheeks like a doll. Nars blush became so popular that two are sold every minute.
6/8 Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Clarins launched this balm in 1980 and now sells one per minute worldwide
7/8 John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum
If you haven’t tried it yet, maybe your sister or best friend has. Launched in 1990 it now sells 13 every minute in the UK.
8/8 YSL Touche Eclat
The most popular high-end make-up product. It was launched in 1992 and six are sold every minute globally.
Besides the expensive visits to the hairdresser, a study by Bionsen revealed that an average lifetime spend on cosmetics is £100,000 - which equates to £40 per week and £2,000 a year. Again, for around the same amount you could buy a Ferrari.
Although these numbers may sound staggering, this comes as no surprise when a trip to Boots can cost as much as a dinner out.
What’s even more impressive is how quickly the most popular beauty products are sold. Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat highlighting pen, for example, sells at a rate of six every minute and Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream sells two per minute worldwide.