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Cost Per Shower Calculator

Discover how much each shower is costing you using our shower and toiletry calculator

  • Friday 01 July 2022
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With so many different hair and body products on the market, the cost of a shower can add up quite rapidly. But just how much does our shower product usage equate to per shower, month or even year?

According to our study, there are many factors that come into play in terms of product usage, from the more obvious – such as hair length and typeto the more surprising, like your location. We created a shower calculator which breaks down these elements and allows you to be more aware of how much each shower costs you. We also worked with Abbas Kanani, a pharmacist at --Chemist Click to provide top tips on how often we should be showering and just how much product we should be using. 

We spoke with Abbas Kanani, a pharmacist at a leading online chemist, Chemist Click, to reveal how much product you should use based on your hair type, as well as top tips for showering in a healthy and cost-effective way. 

How much shampoo should we use by hair type and length? 

  • Short - use about a 20p-sized portion, you will know your hair is clean once the shampoo starts to form a lather.
  • Medium - use about a 10p-sized portion.
  • Long - use about a 10p-sized portion. 
  • Fine - fine hair texture generally requires less shampoo; one teaspoon should be sufficient. 
  • Thick - thick and curly hair textures generally require more shampoo for extra lather, two is recommended in general so these hair textures could require two to three teaspoons, however, this will depend on shampoo frequency. 
  • Curly - as above. 

How much conditioner should we use by hair type and length? 

  • Short - squeeze a raspberry-sized portion - it is important to apply onto the mid-shaft through to ends to avoid weighing down the hair near the scalp causing it to look flat. 
  • Medium - same as above. 
  • Long - double the raspberry-sized portion for longer hair. 
  • Fine - fine hair can easily be weighed down, so half the raspberry-sized portion and apply mid-shaft through to ends. 
  • Thick - thick hair requires more conditioner than fine hair types - two to three raspberry-sized portions should be sufficient and using a deep conditioner once a month may boost your daily maintenance to keep strands strong and moisturised. 
  • Curly - curly hair textures benefit from conditioning the hair more frequently to help to lock out humidity, reduce frizz and make your hair shiny. Generally, the tighter the curl, the more product is needed. Deep conditioning masks and leave-in conditioners can work well to maintain moisture levels. 

How much shower gel should we use per shower? 

The amount can vary depending on body type. Generally, a shot-glass-sized squeeze of shower gel should be enough to cover your entire body in lather. 

How much money should we spend on hair/shower care? 

In terms of personal finance, it is recommended that 50% of your overall spending should go on essential needs, 30% for your wants and 20% for savings and investments. Your self-care budget, which shower products fall under, should be around the 5% to 10% range. 

How often should we use razors on the skin for best results and lessen friction? 

Razors do not just cut off your hair, they take a layer of skin cells with them every time you run the blade across your skin. Unless you are looking to achieve a completely hairless look, you can skip at least a day or two between shaving sessions to allow your skin to heal. Every two to three days if you want a clean shave; three to five days if you want to simply style or trim. 

How often should we replace razors? 

The general recommendation is five to seven shaves, the more frequent the shaver, the more frequently you should replace the blade. 

Is there a best type of razor to use in terms of blades? 

Everyone’s skin is different and so are our shaving needs. Both three and five-blade razors work well, and there are also razors produced specifically for issues such as ingrown hairs and sensitive

skin with extra features such as guard blades. The technique is the most important thing, ensure the razor is sharp and swap the blade every five to seven shaves - dull blades can damage the skin. Take your time when shaving to avoid any cuts.

"Alongside being more cost-efficient with your product usage, the type of shower you use can also have an impact. Mixer showers can be a great shower system as they take water from your hot and cold water supplies to create the perfect temperature and maintain it efficiently. You can explore our full range of mixer showers to find the best style for your water system and showering preferences." 
 

Data methodology  

Tool methodology: The total price per shower is estimated by adding the costs of individual shower items depending on the suggested amount of product used. This total cost also takes into account the cost of water in various parts of the UK, depending on the average volume of water consumed per shower.  

Data Sources: We searched online to obtain the most recent metered water cost per cubic meter for all water companies located from https://discoverwater.co.uk/water-sector. Using united utilities we identified 1 cubic meter is on average 28 showers and worked out the water cost per shower. Lastly, the average costs for a variety of products at low, medium, and high price points were calculated using data from the online retailer Boots.