Beauty bargains

  • The List
  • 10 September 2010
Beauty bargains

Splashing the cash on some R&R can seem an unlikely prospect, as a hard-up student, but there’s a treasure trove of establishments with vouchers and discounts on offer, just for you, finds Alice White

Getting discounts is the best thing about being a student. It works like this: thousands of students come to a new city, and dozens of hairdressers want you to call them their local chopping shop. Simple.

Despite Edinburgh being the smaller of the central belt cities, there are some big name contenders. Every Charlie Miller that’s dotted around the capital offers 40% off colour and cut. While another Edinburgh based chain, Cheynes gives students 40% off their first visit and 25% off thereafter.

In fact, there’s a plethora of 25% discount dens out there. In the Grassmarket (very handy for a celebratory, look-at-my-new-hair pint afterwards) you’ll find Leigh Ross and Sublime. Lest we forget Boosh, just off St Mary’s Street. Around the Bridges area of the Old Town you’ll find Mosko and Gordon Wilson Hair, who also offer a hefty 25% snip to students.

If Glasgow’s your stomping ground, you’re spoilt for choice. Big names, such as Toni & Guy, Vidal Sassoon and Saks are renowned for the amazing cheap ‘modelling’cuts for a fraction of the price, while Rainbow Rooms International has a hairdressing academy where students get 2/3 off the main salon cost, and usually, rather expensive highlights, start from just £28. For a real bargain, Rebel Rouge on Sauchiehall Street gives a whopping 50% off the first appointment, with 25% discount after that. While, nearby, the friendly Cusp Salon offers 20% off cuts on selected days during the week.

And so to pampering… and relax! Forget deadlines and essays for a moment, and remember that there’s no better procrastination than getting super-groomed, especially with the discounts and offers going begging in both cities. For a well-kept body in Glasgow, Revival Retreat offers everything from massages to full body overhaul packages, with prices starting at just £15; better still, it’s just outside Glasgow University so you can flop out of your class and straight into bliss.

Pure Spa can be found at the Silverburn Shopping Centre with prices starting at just 10 quid for an eyelash tint. Treatments at off-peak times can be booked online (

Apart from just running monthly special offers, The Beauty Store is where everyone should have their pedicures done. You recline in a heated message chair while getting fed free green tea and detoxing fruit juices.

Over to Edinburgh again where Walker Street’s Elements Beauty Salon is an all-rounder with facials, manicures and rub-on tanning. Its central location and late opening hours on a Tuesday and Thursday make it feel very exclusive.

In Tollcross’s Lulu Beauty Spa lets you combine student discount with a loyalty scheme. Being a converted bank it’s a good looking place to lie back and enjoy. Oh,and boys,take note,this is not just girl’s play. Finally, UK Salon of the Year Award and Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s Best Brazilian in Scotland, Zen Lifestyle offers facials, scrubs and hot stone massages. Regular special offers are available online (www.zen- and it even has its own magazine.

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