HAIRDRESSERS are becoming a highlight on Leigh’s streets with 16 competing to be a cut above the rest.

Rather than costing a bob or two, or trying to undercut each other, the hairdressers are happy being tightly bunched within about a mile radius and focusing on their talents to weave together.

Rectory Grove, Leigh Road and Broadway feature the most.

Aimi Mulligan, co-owner of The Blind Barber, said: “We’ve definitely come at things from a different angle, taking a more edgy unpolished look which brings in a different type of clientele.

“Obviously our name gets a lot of attention as well, I think people like the fact that we’re a bit quirky and not your typical barbers.

“We have a whole range of people come to us, even families. The younger typical Essex lads like a skin fade, and the older guys seem to go for something more slick like quiffs and side partings.

“There’s definitely an influence from TOWIE and reality shows like that. Image seems a lot more important nowadays, particularly to men, especially since beards have came on the scene.”

Blushbar, who are based on Broadway, celebrate an eco friendly approach which draws in their customers.

Owner Sarah Parmenter, 36, from Southchurch, said: “We use all vegan and cruelty free products, and have been given the okay to use Davines products, which are all biodegradable. People really seem to appreciate this.

“It also helps to know what’s on trend- soft waves, beautiful blondes, classic brunette’s are what are most popular. People want to look more like people from Love Island and of course Essex loves a blow dry.”

Adam Palmer, 28, owner of Projects Unisex Salon, added: “We often take refresher courses so we can stay up to date with what styles are on trend.

“Our youngest client is around one and the eldest is 94, we attract customers, both men and women, from across the board. Creativity is what keeps people coming back.”