Average British woman spends £140,000 on hair and cosmetics in her lifetime, research reveals

A new study proves British women indulge in grooming more than you might think spending £40,000 at the hairdresser and £100,000 on cosmetics

Linda Sharkey
Thursday 04 September 2014 18:45 BST
Hairdressing was found to be the most accident prone career
Hairdressing was found to be the most accident prone career

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.

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.

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