Are You Paying Over the Odds for a Haircut?
Everyone loves the feeling of leaving the salon with a fresh new cut.
But are you paying over the odds for a trim? And how can you keep your hair looking and feeling healthy? We’ve conducted some research to find out.
Below you can see the top 10 cheapest and most expensive places to get a haircut in the UK, based on the average cheapest women’s cuts at well-reviewed salons in each city.
Alongside this, our resident nutritionist Amy Morris gives her expert tips for keeping your hair healthy for as long as possible after the salon.
The Top 10 Cheapest Cities for a Haircut in the UK
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Wolverhampton is the UK's Cheapest City for a Haircut
Women in Wolverhampton can get their haircut for a snip with the average cost of the cheapest haircut in the city just £14.66. You can also get a cut-price trim in Swansea, where the average cheapest women’s haircut will cost you £16. Shortly behind in third place is Cardiff, where you can get a cut for a very respectable £16.33.
The Top 10 Most Expensive Cities for a Haircut in the UK
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Bristol is the UK's Most Expensive City for a Haircut
The average cheapest haircut in Bristol will set you back £57.33, making it the most expensive place to get a cut in the UK. You'll also have to fork out for a decent cut in London where it will cost you on average £47.66 for the cheapest service at a well-reviewed salon.
How Can You Keep Your Hair Healthy After the Salon?
With over 10 years' functional medicine experience, Amy is Yumi's resident functional nutritionist. Here, she explains how you can keep your hair looking and feeling healthy for as long as possible after you visit the salon.
This vitamin is needed to help moisturise the scalp and keep hair healthy as it helps the skin glands produce sebum, which is a naturally oily substance.
Foods rich in vitamin A include beef liver, sweet potato, carrots, red bell peppers and broccoli.
Without biotin (aka vitamin B7), an important hair protein called keratin can’t be made. So for people who do not consume enough vitamin B7, hair quality will be negatively impacted.
Foods rich in biotin include egg yolks, legumes, nuts and seeds, liver and bananas.
A deficiency in the mineral zinc has been found to cause hair loss. Not only does zinc help support hair growth, but it is also important for repairing hair too.
Foods rich in zinc include meat (red meat in particular), shellfish, legumes, seeds and nuts.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can help deal with damage to hair posed by free radicals. The body also needs vitamin C to produce a protein called collagen which is important for keeping hair strong and reducing breakages.
Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits (such as oranges), peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants and broccoli.
Another important antioxidant, vitamin E helps to deal with free radicals by neutralising them.
Vitamin E has also been found to protect the skin, including the scalp area, from damage caused by oxidative stress. When the scalp gets damaged this can, in turn, cause fewer hair follicles and lower overall hair quality.
Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, pumpkin and red bell peppers.
Give Your Hair the Nutrients it Needs
Nutrition is a vital tool for keeping hair healthy in general and especially after visiting the salon. When hair is being fed properly, it will have lots of life, but it can be dull and dry when diets are low in critical hair-building nutrients. So using a food-first approach to improving your hair’s quality is worth the time and investment.
However, we know that life gets busy, and it can be hard to get all the nutrients your hair needs daily, which is why you can get all the above hair-loving nutrients and more in our hair gummies.