UK spending on treatments at close to £7.6bn in 2017

UK consumers spent close to £7.57bn on spa, salon and in-store beauty treatments last year, found research by Mintel and commissioned by beauty industry organisation CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women).

While high street businesses have been suffering of late, beauty was found to be outperforming other retail sectors, with overall expenditure (including spending on consumer retail products) at £25.1bn in 2017.

Spa, salon and in-store treatment services contributed a 30% share of the total spend, with the figure is set to rise to £26.9bn by 2022, said CEW’s UK beauty industry report.

There were 50,000 locations offering beauty services at the time the research was undertaken, not including spas. This figure is broken down into: 13,107 beauty salons, 1,512 specialist nail bars/technicians, 35,704 hair salons, 2,967 specialist barbershops and 302 specialist hair salons.

The UK is the world’s sixth-largest beauty and personal care market with more than one million people employed, and a per capita spend on products of £155 in 2017 – the fifth highest in the world.

CEW president Caroline Neville MBE commented: “Beauty appears to be more resilient than other sectors on the high street. Bricks and mortar retailing is still crucial to beauty and the primary medium for consumers to interact and purchase brands.

“…The sector’s continual success lies in an ability to innovate, stay relevant and be exciting. This is reflected in our performance in what is one of the toughest trading periods in decades for the high street.”

The NHF (National Hairdressers' Federation) just launched the NBF (National Beauty Federation), offering tailored support for UK beauty businesses.