How to Stock a Hair Salon

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How to Stock a Hair Salon. Running a hair salon is a rewarding and exciting career. However, a successful business has to be well organized, stay up to date on supply and demand for your services. Keeping your hair salon well stocked guarantees you provide the products to render the services your clients want.

Decide on the services you plan on offering in your hair salon. Full service salons need products for the client's hair, manicures, pedicures and facials.

Make a list of the types of products for your salon. Categorize items into different categories, such as shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics, hair dryers and flat irons.

Designate a place for products. Scope out a closet and/or create a display if you plan to offer products for purchase to your clients. Budget for shelving units and storage solutions to maximum use of the space.

Shop around the find the best deals online and locally. Wholesalers typically offer discounts to hair salons for equipment and salon only supplies.

Consider offering products to sell to consumers. Wholesalers can assist with promoting and selling accessories and products designed for home use at a profit.

Consult with other hair salons in the area for advice on popular items to stock, finding wholesalers and tracking.

Use software to track your inventory, monitor supply and demand and budget for your purchases.

Tips & Warnings

  • The demographics of your customers and area where your business is located can help with deciding what items to stock.
  • Design your space to before installing and organizing equipment. Plan out stations for hair cutting, washing and styling. Mark the location of stationary blow dryers and furniture for the waiting area. (See Resources)

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