Today I had a lovely day, filled with various beauty treatments. Starting with a hair cut at Headmasters, then a make-up appointment at Liberty then finally a beauty salon session to end the day. The subject of this post isn’t the day of treatments as such, but more the fact that it got me thinking.
Are salon treatments value for money?
Personally, I think a number of salon treatments are grossly over priced. I have slightly touched on this before with my post about salon’s and getting what you pay for and in some ways, this will sound a bit contradictory, although it’s not meant to be – I still think you do get what you pay for with salon treatments, but in equal measure I think many are overpriced.
Before I get carried away with waffle about what I think, I will set out the situation that inspired this post so hopefully it will make a bit more sense.
Today, my final beauty appointment of the day was at a central London salon, for a wax. I had booked the session with another wahanda mob deal. But, mob deal aside – the wax I had booked in for would have cost £45. Expensive, yes – but also pretty much in line with most central London salons. I can’t help but shudder a little bit at the thought of handing over £45 for being put through pain (in the name of vanity).
Today though, the thing that got to me was the length of the treatment. I was in and out of the salon in under 15mins.
I know that the main point of a treatment such as a wax is to do a job, and that is to remove hair. On this front, I have no complaints – that was all great. But I really struggle to understand how a treatment that took so little time costs so much. Of course, I didn’t have to pay the full price today thanks to wahanda but I am still left feeling a little ripped-off (no pun intended).
This isn’t a dig at any particular salon – I understand that pricing naturally stays in line with competition and I am sure that there are plenty of salons out there that make the experience worth the cost – but in this case I do think the treatment was overpriced.
So what do you think – is £45 reasonable for a 10 min wax treatment? Have you paid this (or more?) for a similar treatment? Tell me what you think?
Also, if you own/run a salon and can give me a bit of an insight into why treatments are priced as they are I would love to hear more!