Necessities to Accessories: Essentials You Need When Opening Your Own Salon

Opening a salon is a lofty goal, but it can be very rewarding when you reach it. First, as with any kind of business, you need to procure the essentials before officially opening to the public. Here are some of the essentials you’ll need when it comes to opening your own salon.

Welcoming Furniture

When your clients first walk in, they want to feel welcomed. If they’re early for their appointment or if their stylist’s last appointment ran long, they’ll need somewhere to wait. To keep moods high and clients patient, make sure that the seating area you have is comfortable and stylish. However, when you’re starting out, you probably have a limited budget, so you don’t need to worry about buying designer furniture.

The Proper Equipment

Once you decide on furniture, it’s time to shift your focus to making sure your stylists have all the salon equipment they need to be successful.. Although hair salon specialties differ, you'll still need to supply the basics, which include hair dryers and steamers, mirrors, salon chairs, and other equipment. Your stylists will likely bring their own scissors, combs, brushes, hair irons, and similar products, but it’s good to keep some extras on hand as well.

If you’re opening a hair and nail salon, you’ll also need pedicure chairs, drying lamps, sanitizer to clean equipment, and stations for manicures and pedicures.

Your actual supply list will again depend on the type of services you provide and the number of employees you have.


If you choose, you can opt for your staff to wear uniforms for a more cohesive feel. Even though you want your stylists and techs to be themselves, uniforms can also help with branding. Depending on your aesthetic goals, you could choose sleek black or colorful uniforms that everyone will associate with your salon.

Product Cases

As a business, there is more than one way to provide service. Perhaps your clients would like to purchase some of the products you use. If you desire, you can purchase a few cases to showcase and sell products you’re offering. People love salons that market their products, which can boost monthly earnings as well. Clients also appreciate salons that offer them a choice of products according to their need and tastes.

Getting your salon off the ground is hard enough, so it’s important to have a running start before opening day arrives. Being prepared ahead of time saves you both time and money. The items listed here are the basic necessities every salon needs to be a success.


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