Setting up your first salon as a new salon owner requires attention to the details. Everything from the technician stations to the products they use must be ordered and in place before opening day. There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your salon's new equipment:
Know the Code
Local and state codes vary for nail salons. You will need to dedicate a certain amount of space to each technician's station, along with the proper space for a waiting area. You can find out what your local codes are by calling or visiting your county clerk's office.
Once you know the code, break up your retail space into appropriately-sized sections for each station and the waiting area. You will need to order manicure tables that fit each space, while still leaving room for storage and display.
Set Up Your Space
Choosing tables that fit both your budget and your space can be difficult, but you don't have to do this alone. Your wholesale supplier can send out a representative to help you find the right fit. For example, it may work better to set your stations up like a wheel, with each station acting as a spoke. The main product display then sits in the center at the hub of the wheel.
Once the main stations are in place, it's time to pick out pedicure chairs for the pedicure stations. You usually don't need as many chairs as you do nail stations. These can be lined up against a back wall, with dividers to provide some privacy for your clients.
Get Your Supplies
How you supply your technicians is up to you. Generally, the salon provides the basics – tools, polish, acrylic supplies, lotions, files, and replacements. The cost of these supplies are covered by the technicians' station rent. By supplying everything for the salon, you can ensure that the tools are in optimum working condition and that your clients receive the same quality of product regardless of the technician.
Ordering for the entire salon also allows you to secure wholesale pricing on your supplies and equipment, which lowers the overhead for both the salon and your technicians. You can increase your profit as the salon owner by offering lotions, creams and other spa products for home use for sale. A good wholesale distributor will recommend products that are selling well at a profitable mark-up.
The initial purchasing of equipment and supplies for a new nail salon may seem expensive, but it pays for itself quickly as your clean, new stations rent to technicians quickly and new clients begin pouring in. Starting with higher quality, found at a good price, goes further in the long run than skimping on the basics.
To learn more, contact a company like Wholesale Salon Equipment with any questions you have.