When it comes to beauty treatments, the best service you can find is one that is both high quality and affordable. We recently conducted a study to discover which cities are the most beauty-obsessed by determining the number of star ratings for different beauty businesses. From spas to barber shops and blowout bars to nail salons, we wanted to know which cities offer the best bang for each buck you spend on beauty.

To find out, we reviewed Yelp data in over 30 beauty and spa related categories and compared the average star rating to the average price level. Using this data, we determined which major U.S. cities gave beauty service clients the best bang for their buck. Read on to discover what we found. 

Key Findings

The U.S. cities with the best-value beauty treatments are:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Sacramento, California

Ranked: Cities with the Best-Value Beauty Treatments

To accomplish our ranking, we calculated a combined ranking of cities with a low price level and high rating across all beauty categories, which are listed in the methodology at the end of this post. Price levels were weighed heavier than average star ratings.

cities with the best value beauty treatments

Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, and Sacramento boast the lowest average price levels for the highest-quality beauty treatments across the country. In Salt Lake City, you’ll get the best bang for your buck, with the average beauty treatment across all categories holding a 4.1-star rating.

In Pittsburgh and Sacramento, beauty services have an average 4-star rating. However, Pittsburgh in particular boasts the lowest average price level for beauty services across the country. The most expensive? New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Dallas top the list.

The Lowest Cost Beauty Treatments by City

If you are looking for the best beauty deal you can find in any of the 50-largest U.S. metropolitan areas, look no further than the following list. We organized the data by price level and determined the lowest-cost beauty treatment in each major city.

Overall, the least expensive beauty treatments or services you can receive include:

  • Aesthetician Services
  • Estheticians Services
  • Hair Loss Treatments
  • Kids Haircuts
  • Medical Spa Services
  • Nail Technician Services
  • Sugaring
  • Tanning
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Threading
lowest cost beauty treatments by city

Hair removal services remain economical, as sugaring and threading are some of the cheapest beauty services available in cities like Jacksonville and Oklahoma City. Another low-cost choice for a day of pampering in cities like San Diego, Nashville, Houston, and Providence is visiting an aesthetician (similar to a medical spa) or an esthetician (such as a skin care specialist).

The Cities with the Best-Value Hair Services

If we slice the data to just look at businesses that offer hair services, some cities stand out from the crowd. Based on our local analysis, these cities offer exceptionally high-quality service for the best nationwide price level.

cities with the best value hair services

Our hair analysis includes a new front-runner: Las Vegas, where hair services are the most budget-friendly while maintaining a high quality compared to other major cities. In fact, Las Vegas has the lowest average price level for hair services across the country, despite being an otherwise expensive city for beauty.

The Cities with the Best-Value Spa Treatments

We also decided to take a look at where the best-value spa treatments are clustered across the nation. Looking at spa-related categories, from massages to skin care, these cities offer the best experiences for each dollar spent.

cities with the best value spa treatments

Once again, Las Vegas came out on top here, along with San Antonio and Indianapolis. Las Vegas offers incredible value when it comes to spas, with an average 4-star experience for the lowest price level on Yelp. For slightly higher price levels, you can get an average of a 4.25-star experience in San Antonio, or a 4.5-star experience in Indianapolis.

Conclusion

At StyleSeat, matching clients with high-quality beauty services that fit into their lives and perfectly cater to their beauty needs is at the center of our mission. Connect to the best local beauty professionals using StyleSeat. 

Methodology: We collected and compared the average price level and the star rating of business listings in the following categories in the 50 largest U.S. cities.

Business categories:

  • Acne Treatment
  • Aestheticians
  • Barbers
  • Blow Dry/Out Services
  • Cosmetics & Beauty Supply
  • Day Spas
  • Estheticians
  • Eyebrow Services
  • Eyelash Service
  • Hair Extensions
  • Hair Extensions
  • Hair Loss Centers
  • Hair Removal
  • Hair Salons
  • Hair Stylists
  • Hot Springs
  • Kids Hair Salons
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Makeup Artists
  • Massage
  • Medical Spas
  • Men’s Hair Salons
  • Nail Salons
  • Nail Technicians
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Skin Care
  • Spray Tanning
  • Sugaring
  • Tanning
  • Tanning Beds
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Threading Services
  • Waxing