As a salon professional, optimising the way you work has many benefits. By rolling out smart efficiencies, you can help maximise your profits and afford yourself the precious commodity of time. (Something that is often so scarce in our industry!)

So, with a new year upon us, there’s truly no better time to take stock of your salon business to ensure it runs like a well-oiled machine for the year ahead.

Our guide will explore the key strategies and insights to help you transform how you operate your salon in 2024.

Keep reading to find out how…👇🏻

How To Streamline Your Salon Operations Through Tech

Embracing new technology is a powerful strategy for streamlining your salon operations and staying ahead of the game.

Here are several ways to leverage tech to increase your efficiencies…

1. Invest in an Online Booking System

Salon booking apps are perfect for organising and overseeing appointments efficiently while maintaining a comprehensive record of your client details.

They also make life easier for your clients, allowing them to schedule appointments at their own convenience. This can help organise your salon’s schedule and reduce the likelihood of overbooking or scheduling conflicts.

Take a look at the booking system, Vagaro…

 

Vagaro is a cloud-based management solution tailored for salon, spa, and fitness businesses. The platform allows professionals to schedule appointments, and beyond appointment booking, Vagaro provides solutions for bookkeeping, payroll, client databases, and inventory management.

The benefits don’t stop there either, as it also offers other valuable features, such as email and text notifications to clients and automated email marketing.

If you’re looking for a new online booking system, we recommend reading our comprehensive guide to the best salon booking systems.

2. Upgrade your payment system

SumUp Air Contactless Card Reader

 

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Experience hassle-free card payments with the Air Card Reader and SumUp App. Eliminate payment-related stress as this dynamic duo provides the perfect solution for managing payments effortlessly in your salon business.

What are the benefits?

  • Transparent – Enjoy a straightforward fee of 1.69% per transaction with no hidden costs.
  • Credits are seamlessly transferred directly to your bank account.
  • Easy – Sign up for your profile for free in a matter of minutes with a 100% online registration process.
  • Secure – Rest assured with SumUp, an authorised payment institution adhering to the highest security standards, ensuring the safety of your transactions.

Upgrade Your Salon Electricals To Help Save You Time

Here are a few fantastic benefits of investing in or upgrading your salon electricals this year.

Save Time

Salon electricals, such as high-quality hairdryers, straighteners, and styling tools, are designed to operate efficiently, reducing the time required for various styling and treatment procedures allowing stylists to serve more clients in a given time frame.

Consistent Performance

Electrical equipment is specially engineered for consistent and reliable performance. This reliability ensures that stylists can achieve predictable results, enhancing the overall quality of their salon services and customer satisfaction.

Advanced Features

Modern salon electricals often have advanced features and technologies that streamline various processes. For example, hair colour processors with adjustable heat and timer settings provide precise control, contributing to efficient colour treatments.

Versatility

Salon electricals are designed to be versatile, catering to a wide range of styling and treatment needs. This versatility allows stylists to use a single piece of equipment for multiple purposes, reducing the need for an extensive array of tools.

Energy Efficiency

Many salon electricals are designed with energy-efficient features, helping to minimise electricity consumption. This reduces operational costs and aligns with sustainable practices, appealing to environmentally conscious clients.

Why not take a look at Dyson Salon Electricals?

Since the introduction of the consumer-focused range in 2016, Dyson has significantly disrupted the hair care market. Dyson has since crafted a portfolio of cutting-edge professional products tailored towards busy, contemporary salons. By using Dyson’s professional tools and attachments, you are safeguarding your client’s hair from damage and maintaining uncompromised styling quality.

Dyson Supersonic™ Professional Hair Dryer

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The Dyson Supersonic™ professional hair dryer enables rapid and precise drying, featuring five attachments for enhanced versatility in styling across all hair types, ranging from straight and wavy to curly and textured.

Key Features

  • Longer cord for easier styling (3.3m compared to 2.7m on other Dyson Supersonic™ models)
  • Comes with two heavy-duty filters that last longer to preserve performance.
  • It is reinforced with a tough, hardened nylon casing to ensure it is built for the demands of a busy salon.

Dyson Corrale™ hair straightener Black & Purple

 

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The Dyson Corrale™ hair straightener in Black and purple provides the thermal capabilities of a corded straightener but with cord-free freedom. Featuring unique flexing copper plates that conform to the hair, neatly gathering it together, this straightener enables the creation of the same stylish look with reduced heat, resulting in 50% less breakage, less frizz, and fewer flyaways.

 

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Procare 24*7 Starter Bundle

Procare 24*7 Starter Bundle

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The Procare 24*7 Starter Bundle includes everything needed to cut and fold foils in seconds, saving you precious time during colour and bleaching appointments.

The Kit Includes:

  • 1 x Procare 247 Foil Machine.
  • 1 x Procare 247 Silver Foil Refill 100mm x 450m.
  • 1 x Procare 247 Silver Foil Refill 120mm x 450m.
  • 1 x Procare Foiler XL Pin Tail Comb.

 

Discover Everything you need to know about Procare salon foils.

Streamline Your Hair Services

Streamlining your hair services will lead to cost savings when done properly. Efficient appointment scheduling, stock inventory management, and reduced wastage all contribute to lower operational costs, improving your salon’s overall financial health.

An agile and streamlined salon should also be looking to adapt quickly to new trends and customer preferences. This flexibility is crucial in the ever-evolving hair industry, allowing your salon to stay competitive and relevant in 2024 and beyond.

Olaplex Salon Intro Kit

Olaplex Salon Intro Kit

 

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The Olaplex Salon Into Kit is a three-step process that helps prevent hair breakage and damage. The kit is ideal for use on pre- or post-bleached hair to protect during chemical services. It helps to lift blondes to a lighter level without damage.

Kit includes: 

  • 1 x Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier 525ml.
  • 2 x Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector 525ml.
  • 1 x Measuring Funnel.
  • 1 x Instructions.

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Pulp Riot High-Speed Toners

Pulp Riot High Speed Toner

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The Pulp Riot high-speed toners provide a matte finish for a better canvas to deliver your final colour result.

Key Features

  • Tones hair in 5 minutes.
  • Vegan and cruelty-free.
  • Silver toner is true to tone.
  • Develop faster than ordinary toners.
  • Provides a conditioning shine, increases elasticity, restores moisture and provides a barrier to help protect from environmental damage.

Redken 10 Min Color Gel Lacquers

 Redken 10 Min Color Gels Lacquers

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Redken Color Gels Lacquers 10-Minute permanent liquid colour ensures swift 100% grey coverage with its rapid 10-minute processing time. Achieve multi-dimensional colour results with mirror-like shine, covering greys at liquid speed and saving valuable time in the process.

Key Features

  • Up to 100% grey coverage in just 10 minutes.
  • Mirror-like lacquer shine.
  • Liquid format for fast application.
  • No dedicated developer is needed. Mix with Redken 20vol Pro Oxide
  • Perfect for Fast root retouch services on less than eight weeks or up to one inch of regrowth.

 

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Streamline your Nail Services

Streamlining nail services in your salon is important for several reasons, including…

Enhanced Customer Experience

Reduced waiting times, efficient appointment scheduling, and a well-organised process contribute to heightened customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Consistent Quality

Standardising procedures and techniques across your nail services helps maintain consistent quality. Clients can expect uniform results, regardless of the specific nail technician they are booked in with, which contributes to your salon’s reputation.

Invest in good quality E-files

E-files are powerful and efficient tools.  This efficiency allows nail technicians to complete services faster than traditional hand filing, contributing to overall salon productivity.

Due to their speed and efficiency, e-files can also significantly reduce the time required for nail services. This is particularly advantageous in busy salon environments where there is a quick turnover of clients. And if those benefits weren’t good enough, they also offer high precision, allowing technicians to achieve accurate and consistent nail shapes, and they are incredibly easy to clean.

Glossify Round Edged Barrel E-file Bit Medium

Glossify Round Edged Barrel E-file Bit Medium

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This Glossify carbide E-file bit is best used for surface work on acrylic and hard gel.

Features include:

  • The rounded end helps you get right up to the cuticle without risk.
  • Removes gel polish from enhancements.
  • Cuts smoothly in Clockwise and anticlockwise directions.
  • Left and right-hand use.

Willow The Mini 5-in-1 E-file Bit Medium

Willow The Mini 5 in 1 E-file Bit Medium

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Willow The Mini 5-in-1 E-file Bit consists of 3 grades of grit: Extra, Extra Fine, and Medium. The small bit is perfect for those who find it difficult to manoeuvre the full length of a bit.

Key Features:

  • 2mm head.
  • Fits all E-file machines.
  • Suitable for right-handed and left-handed techs.

Zephros Dust Filters

Keep your workspace tidy and clean with a dust extractor, which will help you save time between appointments.
Zephyros Dust Collector Desk Top Rose Gold

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The Zephyros Dust Collector Desk Top functions as an extractor employing a potent turbine to generate substantial suction through its large air vents. Placing a microfiber filter paper on the air vent effectively collects dust on the surface, facilitating convenient disposal afterwards.

Key Features Include

  • 50 watts of power.
  • Maximum 51db volume.
  • 900g in weight.
  • 29 x 19 x 10 cm.

OPI Repair ModeOPI Repair Mode

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The OPI Repair Mode is a bond-building nail serum featuring Patented Ulti-Plex Technology that repairs nail keratin structure by penetrating the nail’s surface to build new bonds inside the natural nail. Read more about OPI Repair Mode in our recent guide.

Key Features

  • See improvements after the first application.
  • Makes nails smoother and stronger.

Keep on top of your Salon Hygiene.

Maintaining a high standard of salon hygiene is crucial for salons striving to be more efficient for several reasons. Firstly, a clean and organised salon contributes to a more efficient workflow. When tools, equipment, and workstations are consistently sanitised, cleaning between appointments reduces the time and effort required. This, in turn, allows for smoother transitions between clients and enables salons to accommodate more clients throughout the day, contributing to that all important increased revenue and profitability.

Barbicide Manicure Table Jar

Barbicide Manicure Table Jar

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The Barbicide Manicure Table Jar demonstrates to clients, staff and authorities the importance of achieving and maintaining a hygienic environment. It is a custom moulded glass jar ideal for disinfecting all of your tools.

Ship-Shape Liquid Professional Surface Cleaner

Barbicide Ship-Shape Liquid Professional Surface Cleaner

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Barbicide Ship-Shape Liquid Professional Surface Cleaner is a professional spray cleaner specially formulated to remove hair spray from salon surfaces.

Key Features:

  • Safe for all appliances, including flat irons.
  • Quickly cleans salon stations, chairs and sink basins.
  • Just spray and wipe.

Hive Antibacterial Hand Gel

Hive Antibacterial Hand Gel

 

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The HIVE Antibacterial Gel offers a convenient no-rinse solution for effective and hygienic treatments. With a fast-absorbing formulation that requires no water, this gel thoroughly cleans therapists’ hands by eliminating germs.

By streamlining your processes, implementing innovative new products and embracing new technologies, you can sail into the new year, providing an exceptional service to your clients and ultimately creating a thriving business. 

 

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