Compiling a supply checklist necessary to open a salon will enable you to stay organized, keep a budget and not over order or forget anything. The types of supplies you need will depend on what type of services you plan to offer at your salon. However, there are many universal supplies that every salon will need before opening day.
As with any business, staying organized will be the key to your salon's success. You will need an appointment book, cash register, pens, paper, receipts, filing cabinets, a desk, files, appointment reminder cards for customers, a safe, and a daily planner. It may also be worthwhile to invest in computer software that will make day-to-day business easier. Software is available to aid in a variety of business activities, from scheduling appointments to maintaining your business ledger.
Keeping a clean salon is crucial for customer satisfaction and health code standards. Glass cleaner, mops, brooms, dust pans, paper towels, washcloths and soap should all be purchased in bulk quantities. An on-site washer and dryer, or a laundry service, will need to be set up for laundering towels, smocks and other fabrics. Hampers will need to be provided, ideally at every sink and salon station, which will help keep clutter down and keep your salon looking presentable and clean.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to supplies based on your services. Hair salons will need to stock each stylist's cabinet with scissors, shampoo, conditioner, styling products, combs, curling irons, straighteners, hair clips and dryers. Products used for coloring and perms such as dyes, bleaches, mixing bowls, spatulas, frosting caps and other chemical products should be stored in a separate area away from heat. If you decide to offer waxing services, be sure to purchase depilatory wax, cloth strips and lotions. Nail salons will need polish, brushes, dryers, nail tools, nail polish remover and sanitizing equipment.