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WA women top poll with grooming habits
WA women top poll with grooming habits

West Australian women spend more on hair and beauty than anyone else in the country, a nationwide poll has found.

Women in WA spend an average of $480 on grooming - the highest in Australia - with NSW trailing behind on $426.

West Australian men spend $216 on hair and beauty.

The inaugural Cost of Being a Woman survey was commissioned by Million Dollar Woman, a company that caters to the financial needs of females.

"Australians aged 18 to 64 on average spend almost $2500 a year on five lifestyle categories: entertainment; clothing and accessories; health and wellness; gifts; and hair and beauty," a spokesperson said.

"It shows that women indulge themselves more on clothing, gifts, hair and beauty while men splash out more on entertainment, and health and wellness."

Although the trend across the nation is for men to spend more than women on entertainment, West Australians buck that trend with a 6 per cent difference in favour of women, who spend $931 per year compared to $873 for men.

When it comes to clothes, West Australian women are forking out $551, while men spend $417.

Men in WA spend $2 more than women for their health and wellness ($251, compared to $249).

The survey of 2437 Australians also revealed that "it costs 4 per cent more to be a woman than a man".

"While it costs more to be a woman than a man, one notable exception is NSW, which possibly shows Sydney 'metrosexuals' have more expensive interests than Sydney women," Million Dollar Woman chief executive Lynette Argent said.

She said Aussies were focusing more on saving than spending.

"We appear to be focused more on paying off fixed expenses such as large mortgages and rent, household expenses, education, childcare, food and electricity than having fun," Ms Argent said.