Congratulations! You’ve found the salon of your dreams and are ready to now shift your focus away from finding the right location and onto the in-store happenings. One of the next steps is to decide what hair, beauty or nail equipment and furniture you’ll need to purchase. And as there’s so much, this process can be quite overwhelming.
Even though you will be opening a brand new shop, you’ll still be expected to run a fully professional working service for your customers – after all, they will be paying good money for your treatments! Therefore, it’s important to have an extensive selection of equipment to suit all their hair and beauty requirements.
To help you during this process, we’ve put together a handy guide of products you’ll need to start your own salon.
Hair and Beauty Salon Furniture
Within both hair and beauty salons, there are a number of different pieces of salon furniture needed for clients maximum comfort and, of course, their treatment!
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- Reception desk – For clients to book in and report to once arriving for their appointment. Read more about the importance of creating an inviting reception area here.
- Salon chairs or barbershop chairs – If you’re opening a barber shop or a hairdressers, one of the most important things you will buy is the chair in which your customers will have their hair styled. Make sure it’s comfortable and able to move up and down smoothly, allowing you to reach their hair at different angles
- Backwash units – The backwash unit in which you’ll be washing your clients’ hair is a must have in any hairdressing salon. They’re available in a range of colours and styles at a price to suit everyone
- Styling units – Whether a wall unit or island unit, these are essential to any salon to allow the clients to see the final results of their treatments. They also have a useful shelf for storage
- Beauty couches – If you carry out treatments that require clients to lay down, such as waxing, then a beauty couch is an important purchase
- Beauty trolleys – To save lugging equipment from one end of the salon to the other, purchase a trolley. You can fill these up with all accessories (such as hair rollers and clips) you’ll need to treat clients
- Reception chairs – If you’re tied up with a client, and your next one arrives, you’ll need to have somewhere for them to sit and wait. Also, get a chair for behind the reception desk if staff need to man the desk or check the books
- Salon retail stands – Perfect for showcasing your products for your customers
- Magazine racks – Allow your clients the luxury of selecting a magazine or newspaper to read over before or during treatment. It will also keep your salon tidy and presentable
- Footrests – An essential for hairdressers and barbers to make sure your clients have maximum comfort and also to keep them balanced while you are cutting and styling their hair
- Stools – No matter what services you offer within your salon, you will require stools for you to carry out treatments
Washing machine and dryer – These are an essential for any salon. Think about how many clients will come through your door and require towels for their treatments. Make sure you wash and clean after every client to ensure your salon is hygienic and clean.
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Professional Hairdressing Supplies
For those of you setting up a hairdressers or a barber shop, it can be a long process that your customers go through. From washing, cutting, drying and styling, you will use a lot of equipment, including:
Hairdressing scissors & razors – Razors, a selection of scissors, blades for different hairstyle looks
Hair care & perming products – Shampoos, conditioners, treatments, sprays, mousses, gels…
Hairdressing electricals – Hair dryers, straighteners, clippers, tongs, wands…
Brushes & combs – for detangling, blowdrying, finishing and creating up-dos
Hair colour supplies – Gloves, foils, mixing bowls, aprons, brushes for application, water sprays, towels, peroxide, bleach and a wide range of colours.
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Salon Beauty Supplies
Within a beauty salon, there’s an extensive range of treatments available. It’s important to think about the services you will be offering and what your staff will be trained to do.
Nail supplies – Wide selection of nail polish colours, gel polish colours, UV/LED lamp, acrylic, nail files, acetone, buffers, cuticle oils, implements, hand towels and nail tips
Hair removal products – Wax heater, a range of wax, pre-wax lotion. after-wax lotion, equipment cleaner, wax strips, spatula, couch roll and tweezers
Professional spray tan products – A spray tan machine, tents/cubicle, tanning liquid, extractor, gloves, disposable soles, disposable underwear and protective floor covering
Lash & brow kits – Selection of individual lash sizes, eyelash and brow tint, tweezers, dappen dish, tint developer, tinting brush, adhesive and under eye patches
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Salon Admin Equipment:
Every business needs its own admin department – and salons are no different. It’s required to monitor daily activities within the salon including customer bookings, staff details, managing money, and other day-to-day tasks. Make sure you stay organised and run smoothly with the following items…
A laptop or computer – This is where you can run the behind-the-scenes of your business and promote yourself on social media. To ensure staff and client details are safe, make sure everything is password protected. We’d advise you set up an email address so that customers can drop you a line for information or booking.
A phone – Whether it’s a mobile or a landline, make sure your salon has a contact number so clients can give you a call to book an appointment
Stationery and appointment book – A basic, but we all need it. Make sure you’ve got a supply of pens and pencils (perfect for changing cancelled slots in the appointment book). Have a calculator on hand if clients are having a few treatments and you need to quickly work out costs!
Contactless card reader – Make it as easy as possible for your clients to pay however they want to, whether with their card or phone
Somewhere to collect tips – If your salon accepts them! This is best located on the reception desk
Other essentials that your salon needs…
Alongside these essentials, you might also need to budget for:
Hair salon teaching tools for you and your staff
- Salon disposables such as latex gloves, paper towels and capes
- Salon uniforms and workwear. We asked the question are uniforms necessary in our blog.
Share with us what pieces of equipment you think are most important when setting up your own salon.
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