More for less: Health, exercise and beauty

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More for less: Health, exercise and beauty

Looking great doesn’t mean shedding vital pounds from your purse – Niki Boyle offers some sneaky hints on budget beauty

Being a hairdresser’s ‘model’ can sometimes be a daunting prospect, but you can get a quality trainee cut at Rainbow Rooms in Glasgow, for £19 – that’s around £30 less than the Rainbow Rooms salon rates. The salon also offers a ‘stand-by’ rate of £25 if a slot is free when you happen to drop by – an offer also available at Sublime Hair Design in Edinburgh. Changing your existing stylist can also yield results. All-organic specialist Emma Hall Hair Design is offering a 20% discount to all new customers in Edinburgh until the end of January.

We know students can get smug about their superb discounts, so we’ll just quickly mention some of the better ones: in Edinburgh, 40% off all cut and colour services at Charlie Miller, Mon-Thu; and 40% off your first visit at Cheynes, with up to 25% off subsequent visits. In Glasgow, Anton Steele offers 20% for students Mon-Wed, while Mo Hair barbers offer 20% off to students, UB40s and musicians, provided you can play them one of your own songs!

In our ‘something different’ category, Snip & Sip at Edinburgh’s Forest Café offers a ladies’ cut and shot of vodka for just £15 (£10 for guys), while Glasgow’s City Barbers boasts four large sports screens and hair cuts for no more than £15!

Beauty treatments tend to drop in price in January to grab the New Year detoxers, so keep a look out for offers such as those offered by Julie Ross in Glasgow (50% off all beauty packages) and Zen Lifestyle in Edinburgh (£43 off January Detox package).

For self-improvement that’s more than cosmetic, you might want to head down the gym instead of the salon. An Edinburgh Leisure membership costs £35 to join followed by a monthly payment of £43.50, and gives you access to 14 gyms and all swimming pools around town. Alternatively, Edinburgh University opens up its sports facilities to non-students for just £39 a month. Unfortunately, Glasgow University only opens its doors to students’ friends and families (for £38.50 a month, in case you are lucky enough to know one), but don’t fret – membership of Glasgow’s City Council gyms costs only £44.10 a month anyway, or a one-off payment of £6.70 for a 10% discount card if you just want to attend the odd class.

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