6 Tips for Equipping a New Salon
After obtaining their licences, many hairstylists dream of opening their own salons. If you have the resources to open your own business, you need to select the right type of equipment and furniture to put in your salon. Here are six tips for choosing the right furnishings and equipment for your business.
Before you start buying equipment for your new salon, you need to decide which services will be offered. Will you just offer hairstyling services or are you going to include nail and skin care treatments as well? Once you decide which services to offer, you can start planning the layout of the salon and determining what you will need.
Before you start shopping for equipment and furniture, you should set a budget so you don’t get tempted and use all your capital on furnishing your salon. Buy the best quality furnishings you can within your budget and stick with the essentials at first. You can purchase additional items for the salon as you start making money from your clients.
Carefully Plan Layout
Another step you need to do before shopping for your salon is to carefully plan the layout. Plan where your styling, shampoo, and nail stations will go so you can determine how many stations you’ll have room for in the building. You will also need to consider where the plumbing and electrical outlets are to determine where stations need to be put and if any plumbing or electrical work needs to be done.
All of the furniture for your salon, from the lobby chairs to the furniture in the shampoo area, should match the planned décor and colour scheme of the salon. Having mismatched furniture can make a business appear as if it is financially struggling, which isn’t the impression a new business should have. Also, make sure to purchase furniture in durable fabrics so it can hold up through years of wear.
Invest in Comfort
Along with great customer service and styling, you need to make sure your clients are comfortable when they visit your business. Buy comfortable chairs for the waiting area and make sure the hairstylists’ and shampoo chairs are at the appropriate heights and are adjustable so the stylists don’t need to strain while cutting or shampooing their clients’ hair. Investing in the comfort of your clients by purchasing the right salon equipment for each task can help encourage return business.
Whether on the furniture for your salon or the hair products you use on clients, you shouldn’t skimp on the quality of the items you purchase. Good quality furniture and equipment will last longer than cheap tools and stations, which may need to be replaced after only a few short years of use. Good quality salon products, such as shampoos, conditioners, permanent products, and other supplies will provide your clients with healthier, more beautiful hair.
With the right preparation, you should be able to purchase good quality equipment, furnishings, and products for your business.