Hair salon start-up checklist: essentials you need to purchase for your new salon

By Naomi Hassan

When you set up a new beauty business, there is a lot on your mind. From drafting a business plan and knowing your market to ensuring you have picked the right location and covered the legal side of your business. With so much to think about, we’re here to help. Read on to discover our hair salon start-up checklist, full of essentials you need for setting up a successful business.

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Don’t forget your business license and insurance

For any business you will need to ensure you are meeting the legal requirements, and for a salon this is no different. Make sure you check the following:

  • You need a salon owner’s license from your state’s Department of Cosmetology.
  • Your stylists must have the proper licensing for whatever services they provide, be it nails, hair or other services.
  • Your hair salon should comply with sanitation, fire and electrical codes.
  • Discuss insurance needs with an insurance broker to ensure you are protected from damage, theft and liability.

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Don’t forget to kit out your salon

It’s all well and good having a room to work in and offer the different beauty services you’ve chosen for your salon, but what do you need? Read on for top items you need to remember to purchase before you open your doors for the first time.

  1. Pick out the required furniture. There are a few essentials you will need, including:
  • For nail stations: nail polish racks to display your colours, a desk, a chair for the nail tech and a chair for the client.
  • For hair stations: a mirror, a chair and a trolley for hair equipment.
  • For hair washing: a chair and sink (ensure these are properly plumbed in by a professional).
  • A reception desk.
  • Shelving and cupboards for keeping products in when they are not in use.
  • Laundry appliances are a must, as you are likely to go through a lot of towels. This will save you money on having to buy extra,
  1. Pick out the required equipment. This should include:
  • For nail stations: a lamp, nail files, UV lights for curing gel nails, polishes, nail tips, cuticle oil, acrylic nails, acetone, buffers, clippers and more.
  • For hair stations: combs and brushes, hair dryers, curlers, straighteners, hair styling products (such as hair sprays, gel and mousse), hair cutting equipment (such as scissors and razors) and more.
  • For hair colouring: a variety of hair dyes, foils and other hair dying essentials.
  • For hair washing: you may recommend tea tree oil for hair care, but you will also need a variety of shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments and of course towels.
  • Do your research. You can buy salon supplies from trade suppliers online, but you may find a local supplier near your new salon.
  1. A business running system. This should include a computer with scheduling software and management software, a phone to book appointments, a cash register and credit card machine.
  2. Decide on a uniform. It looks great if your staff are coordinated, so consider investing in a uniform. Alternatively, purchase matching aprons to protect their own clothing.
  3. Think about safety. Protective gear like latex gloves for hair colouring, and face masks for nail technicians using products like acrylic are important items you mustn’t forget!
  4. Don’t forget the cleaning gear. Whether it’s a broom to sweep up hair after a haircut, or antibacterial cleaner for surfaces be sure to keep cleaning supplies to hand.
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From stocking up on tea tree oil for hair care, to ensuring you’ve covered yourself with the right insurance you now have information on everything you need to get started and be successful when you open your doors of your hair salon the first time.