Starting a Hair Care and Beauty Salon Business

Days are gone when people followed a standard hair cut, today everyone wants to appear with a new hair style, polished nail, body waxed etc. There are lots of growing ideas with style of salon like under the water, on cruise and many more. If you have the entrepreneurial skills then you can also be one among the top money makers of salon business.

People are continually seeking to improve what physical qualities they have. This is our human nature. Given this fact, is it in any wonder why the hair care and beauty salon business continue to remain amongst the rapidly growing industries today?

Hair Care and Beauty Salon Business

This piece of information is good news for people who plan to venture into the hair care and beauty salon business. What it signifies is that there is a market out there and that market is constant. However, attracting and retaining this market is another story altogether. Here’s a rundown of some of the fundamentals you need do to draw customers and have them coming back to your salon over and over again.

  • First, the hair care and beauty salon business falls under the service industry category and like any service oriented trade, the key to success in this business is customer satisfaction. You must therefore provide excellent service at a reasonable price. Pay particular attention to the products you use. They should be of top quality. Keep in mind also that a happy customer is a satisfied customer so make sure to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for your patrons.
  • Second, offer services that are at par with the rest in the trade. Generally, a hair care and beauty salon offers hair, nails, and skin care. To be able to provide a satisfactory range of service, at the very least, you and/or your staff should be trained and qualified to do the following: haircuts, hair styling, highlights & foils, hair weaves, perms, curling, scalp treatments, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, nail sculptures, nail repair, facials, make-up application, and so on.
  • Third, this business is highly competitive. It is important that you keep yourself abreast with the latest trends in hair styling, treatments, and products. The same goes for nail and skin trends. Attend seminars whenever possible and enroll in professional training/classes.
  • Fourth, it would be good if you can augment your services. Consider adding the following: dermabrasion, paraffin treatment, skin peeling, body hair removal, skin blemishes removal, wart cauterization, and anti-acne treatments. Also, more and more hair care and beauty salons nowadays offer spa services. This is what’s hot in the beauty industry today and most customers prefer the “one-stop-shop” route. Spa services include body scrubs, full body/half body massages, body wrapping, and aromatherapy, among others.
  • Fifth, invest in high quality salon equipments and supplies. Typically, you need to have the following: washbasin, cash register, styling chairs, supply trolleys, hair dryers, manicure sets, mirrors, shampoo spray machine, hair steaming machines, and specialized salon loungers. To make the most out of your capital, contact as many legitimate salon equipment suppliers as you. This will enable you to compare prices and get the best deal.
  • Sixth, location, location, location! One of the most important decisions you will have to make is choosing the location for your salon. Find a place that is easily accessible and has a lot of foot traffic. You can set up shop in a storefront unit or take a lease in a mall. Last, your team will make or break you. You should hire only the best employees and take the effort to retain them. Aside from their ability and talent, consider also their work attitude and work ethics.

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  • Cheryl said on August 8, 2008
    How to open up my salon, what is needed, and what license is required. How to seek location.
  • marquita lewis said on February 24, 2009
    i am very interested in starting my own business but i need tips how to get out there and stay out there.
  • Thembela Jongolo said on February 24, 2009
    I would like to now, what licences/approvals does one need to start up a business in the Hair Care & Beauty industry.
  • Adrienne said on April 22, 2009
    I have opened a one room skin spa and would like to get help with marketing tips, services, and prices.
  • thamaris said on May 5, 2009
    i want to start my own beauty parlor the problem is that i know nothing about beauty and so on. yes cause opening it at home shows you how to operate with people the small you start the more it grows.
  • amruta kadam said on June 26, 2009
    i want to start my own beauty salon in an apartment building on 2nd floor. i am done with my courses but just want to know the formalities before starting firm business like licenses and all legal things.
  • vadhooth said on July 16, 2009
    Sir, My wife wants to start a beauty saloon. She didn't take any beauty course. But she will join soon for beauty course. Please suggest the possible ideas and and how to start the parlor and what we need and investment etc.
  • takeisha walker said on August 30, 2009
    Hey,, I am needing to start my own hair saloon. I do know how to do hair and I am needing to know what all I need to do...
  • Peace said on October 22, 2009
    I am a student but want to open a beauty saloon especially hair saloon. But i have got only $1000. How do i make that possible.
  • wondering said on March 24, 2010
    hi, i am still in school but i am doing business as i would like to go on and do hair at collage to enable me to open my own salon, i would like to know more information on this, as much as would be given. thanks.
  • vicki said on March 26, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA. Laid off in 2008 and trying to find various employment, I have realized that I enjoy hair styling, etc. and am looking into cosmetology schools with the ultimate goal of mobil hair dressings! What would you suggest the plan to be?
  • bforv said on April 4, 2010
    Go to Great Clips and be honest with them they may give you a loan.
  • Sonya Bullock said on May 9, 2010
    Hi, I'm looking to start up my own hair salon. I want to know if you offer a start-up kit to help new clients get started?
  • Anita said on May 13, 2010
    I am a new immigrant in Canada. I have experience in facials, threading, waxing and hair dressing. I want to start something from home. How do I go about it.
  • James said on June 16, 2010
    Hi, I have purchased a 525 sq ft shop at a Outskirt Factory Mall in India / Mmumbai & intend to open a Ladies Beauty Parlour or Family Parlor (both men/women & kids)catering to a large community of approx: 2000 families that live in that locality. One thing that concerns me: Being a man, will it affect me running of a ladies beauty parlour. Is it necessary for me to have the knowledge of beauty services, will it be okay if I employ the right beauticians & overlook the management / marketing of business. Please provide your honest advise. Thanks !
  • saira menezes said on July 29, 2010
    I want to advertise for a beautician. I have a parlor and am looking our for a beautician. I would like to recruit. give me wordings
  • nalika said on September 13, 2010
    Hi, I have just rented out a place treatment room in a hair cutting salon in central london, and will be starting next month, can you please help me in giving information what legal requirement i need and what license i need to apply for. thank you...
  • kanchan said on September 16, 2010
    i want open beauty palour in seawoods(E)sec 50 mumbai please suggest me will it best location for my career?
  • purity12 said on October 5, 2010
    I had never heard of Purity 12 before my friend asked me to visit the website and to see for myself. She’s been using their products and doing business with them and she’s been quite successful for a long time now. At first glance, I thought that it was just another networking stint but I was proven wrong. I’ve tried the products myself and it did wonders for me. So I decided to sign up for their instant business. I couldn’t thank my friend enough for introducing Purity 12 to me, now, I am happy, healthy and I know that I have a brighter future ahead of me. Learn More.
  • Mrs Rizwana Kauser said on December 9, 2010
    Hi I'm looking to open up a beauty salon in west london please could you help advise me about what insurances I would need to start up my salon also how would I approach companies so I could use there products in my salon. Thankyou for taking the time to read my inquiry. Rizwana
  • Rahi Yahia said on December 28, 2010
    I don't have any beauty certification for beauty salon. But I have money and lots of business experience. My questions are
    (1) Can I open a beauty salon and operate by certified employees?
    (2) Beside the LLC/Corporation, tax ID, sale taxes permit, assume name (DBA) do I need any other particular licenses to open a beauty salon?
  • seema said on January 5, 2011
    hi i'm looking to open up a beauty salon in bhilai nagar near grand dhillan hotel please could you help advise me about which location will proper and what insurances i would need to start up my salon also how would i approach companies so i could use there products in my salon thanks
  • DEEPA said on February 26, 2011
    hi i am not a trained beauty professional but however i would like to start up with beauty clinic.
    1.can i hire beauticians to work for my parlor if yes then what would be the best legal conditions to put across them.
    2.regarding the equipments should i invest in brand new or go for second hand equipments.thank you.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on February 27, 2011
    @DEEPA, of course you can hire good beauticians. I think there is no legal conditions for hiring beauticians. If your budget is high you can invest in brand new or can go for second hand. There are ways to reduce your startup cost but you will have to compromise on various things. Can assist better if I know your budget.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Hanli said on March 1, 2011
    To open a new hair and nail salon what license is needed? Must we be registered at a specific organisation etc.
  • Leonie Alice Dawson said on March 7, 2011
    I would like to start with a small beauty saloon or tailoring shop. just would like to start a small business in dubai. Could you please guide me with what exactly i need to do to proceed. This is all new to me, but I am really interested.
  • ramanpreet kaur kaur said on March 31, 2011
    i want to start a hair salon business in punjab india. i need the proper assistance as soon as possible for that business.
  • Gaurav Jain said on April 14, 2011
    i have open a unisex salon so please help me more detail
  • rosina said on April 26, 2011
    hi my name is rosina i want to start a massage parlour, hair salon i dont have qualification. I want to know which course i must do.
  • siena khan said on May 21, 2011
    hi, if someone can help me in making list for a new beauty saloon for ladies, that what things, products or machines do i need to open top class saloon in dubai,,, ?
  • shamaeen said on May 27, 2011
    hi, born bought up in uae i just wana know about how to get start the paper work license from where can i get approval
  • deepthi said on June 7, 2011
    I would like to start a ladies beauty prlour in sharjah, want to know the procedure.
  • esther said on June 14, 2011
    I have a business plan to start a beauty salon for ladies and gents in dubai. What would be the best location:dubai marina,discovery gardens,. I am very keen to start-up but the choice of location is delaying me. I would very much appreciate your opinion in this. Thank you
  • media said on June 24, 2011
    i want to start a beauty saloon for ladies but i dont know where to find hair care products. i am in rwanda. please i need your help.
  • nan said on June 27, 2011
    i want to open saloon but my problem from where i can get good staff really i need help
  • Shruti said on July 21, 2011
    I Want to start ladies beauty parlour in mumbai. Please guide me what type of license and paper i require and approval before starting. Regards, Shruti
  • Aarti said on July 26, 2011
    I may immigrate to USA , I have 20 years in running a chain of beauty hair salons in India , I am also very qualified , can I start a successful salon in USA , what will be the procedure , the right place , and how much can I expect to make as profit
  • Kavitha said on August 4, 2011
    I want to open a beauty and hair saloon in Bangalore/India pls help me what licensing and other legal actions are required and pls send me advice on material and machine required and their cost and from where should i purchase them. Pls also suggest from where i can get certification course
  • Sheraaz said on August 7, 2011
    I am from Mumbai having more than 16 years of professional experience in this field and would like to start a hair and beauty salon in Dubai. Please advice me will it be more wise to start from a studio apartment(what are the legal formalities to do so) or should I rent out a place exclusively for this business as I would like to start from a small scale and grow big. Please advice soon. Thank you.
  • shyren said on August 9, 2011
    I want to register my parlor under government & i also start training institute for the same . After completion of course my student should get govt. certificate . Pls help me. Location City :- Kalyan Dist: - Thane State :- Maharashtra
  • barnali said on August 10, 2011
    hi.i want to open a beauty & hair saloon at Alnahda1 Dubai But i have got only DHS40000. How do i make that possible.Please advice Thanks Barnali
  • Priyanka said on August 26, 2011
    Hi I m from Mumbai and I would like to open my own beauty parlor but there are few questions in my mind. Are following...
    1. I don't have a certification of beauty course but have money to invest in,
    2. can i hire beauticians to work for my parlor,
    3. how to get a license to open a parlor.
    4. What all legal documents require
  • katerina said on October 6, 2011
    Hi. i am from Greece and i want to open a hair saloon in Dubai. I would like to know what i have to pay, what about the rents and what i need to proceed.Thank you.
  • Sophia said on October 13, 2011
    Hello, i am running a parlour since long time, now my idea to start a hair n beauty institute. So i want to know what are the Document require to start n how to start ???. Please let me know as soon as possible. THANK YOU.
  • nana said on October 26, 2011
    Hi. I am looking to open a beauty salon (laser hair removal skin care).....what licensees / officials permissions does a foreigner need to start up his business in the UK? Thank you
  • Ray said on November 14, 2011
    Kolkata, India. Sir, I want to set up my salon chain which I'm sure I'll make the India's best! Can you get me an estimate of the same with 1 branch to start with and target audience being middle class and upper middle class marwari and bengali crowd.
  • Syed said on November 16, 2011
    Hello, I am from Chennai, India. I would like to start my own business as a beauty saloon parlor for men can you estimate the complete budget with all decorative items and all the requirements for a trendy saloon. Thank You In advance.
  • Kaila said on November 18, 2011
    hoping to open a Hair salon in crown point, advice ideas, good lawyer?
  • Maria said on November 23, 2011
    Bangalore , Karanataka, India. Hi , i'm planing to open an Beauty salon for men and women can you help me out the estimation of budget and dealers for equipments , and is it necessary i should take up an license ? Regards, Maria
  • Vinay Bharat Jadhav said on November 30, 2011
    I want to start my salon n beauty wellness center in New Mumbai. So please send me mail and give me tips about Salon Management. Tips Seeker, Vinay B. Jadhav (+918976364605)
  • Tabu said on December 6, 2011
    Hi i am based in malad west mumbai i am starting my beauty parlour so please let me know from where to get the staff for parlor? And what kind of license required for the parlor?
  • Philip John said on December 7, 2011
    What are the procedure to start a Salon & Spa in Chennai ( Tamil Nadu ), What is the minimum size of the salon should be and the budget to start the new business. Please guide me.
  • mehak said on December 24, 2011
    Hi dis side Mehak from india(Chandigarh)pls suggest sm unisex saloon name starting alphabet m,k,g,r thanx
  • Tamil said on January 2, 2012
    i need to register my beauty parlour in government certification, can u help me? my palour in chennai
  • neetu said on January 9, 2012
    Hi, I am an NRI living in uk at the moment but in two years time I am planning to go back to India. I would like to start a beauty saloon business in Kolkata, India however I don't have any experience in this field. So can I able to start this business as an entrepreneur. Thanks
  • Sachin C. Ghatkar said on January 17, 2012
    I want to start my own beauty parlour in mumbai( India). Please guide me and tell me what will be the investment amount. Thanx.
  • sneha said on January 25, 2012
    how to get a hair and skin beauty parlour license in kolkata? is doing a beauty course necessary? where can i get the license from in kolkata?
  • Ivaras said on January 29, 2012
    Want to open a beauty salon and supply in Miami FL USA need to know what licenses I need to buy products. I will not be cutting hair so I do not need a license for that only my employees do. Let me know
  • Renu Joseph said on January 29, 2012
    i want to open a ladies beauty parlour in new alopore but i'm not experienced in this field. can i keep some trained ladies who can run it. what are the total expenses?
  • Amrita Gawali said on January 30, 2012
    Hi, I am from Mumbai. I wish to start a Salon and Spa in Mulund/Bhandup or Ghatkopar area. I have worked out a basic capital requirement of around 10 Lakhs including the rent and electricity etc for 2 future months. I was working in Banking sector however left the same and joined a reputed Salon as salon manager. I shall learn the traits for around 5-6 months more and then join Kapils Academy for hair/skin training. which is for 4 months. Later shall open my own salon by next year mid. I need your guidance as to what are the licensing process for the municipal corporation, and what to concentrate MORE while hiring staff. I shall start off little small scale with only 2 beauticians who shall be trained in hair also. Request your guidance for points to be kept in mind while hiring/salary scale/etc... Regards, AMrita, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • HENNA said on February 6, 2012
  • S.Kaur said on February 7, 2012
    Hi, I am new immigrant in toronto, I want to start a beauty parlor, pls tell me the legal formalities. Thanks, S.Kaur
  • Sri said on February 9, 2012
    Hi,I am running a beauty clinic and training institute in Andhra Pradesh,i need to register my beauty parlour in government certification, can u help me? because my students need to get a loan on their certificate to start their beauty parlor
  • Vimal Gudka said on February 13, 2012
    hie, i m from Mumbai and want to start up an academy for hair and makeup would like to know the procedures and legal formalities for the same and the certifications as well and what would be the income tax category it would fall into
  • T.VIJAYKUMAR said on February 15, 2012
    dear sir / madam, my wife like to start one beauty salon in our city. she wil complete the course in one local parlor. how do we start the business, and i need license dtls. thank u.
  • cynthia said on February 16, 2012
    hi i am from H.A.L, bangalore, karnataka. i have done my course in international academy and willing to start my own saloon could pls advice me with details on license and investment and location
  • Farah said on March 7, 2012
    I want to start salon from my home plz tell me how I can register my business
  • Saina Syed said on March 16, 2012
    I Want to start ladies beauty parlour in Patna. Please guide me what type of license and paper, I require and approval before starting. Regards, Saina
  • Madhura said on March 19, 2012
    Hi. I am from Pune & want to start my own beauty salon soon. Please suggest me the budget to start a decent salon. I would also need your guidance in the licensing process.
  • VIKAS said on March 23, 2012
  • madhu said on March 29, 2012
    Hello, I want to start my salon with spa. for this any license/approval is needed. if, yes please tell me how i get this license. Thanks & regards, Madhu
  • KL said on April 4, 2012
    hi, i would like to know what licenses and approvals are required for starting a hair salon in Mumbai
  • mridula said on April 19, 2012
    Please guide me as to how to open a beauty salon in mumbai. What licenses are required and how do i qualify myself, investment etc.
  • Saba said on May 5, 2012
    a. Legal requirements for a person to work as a beautician in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras ul Khaima.
    b. Legal requirements for starting a beauty saloon in the above emirates.
    Thank you very much.
  • fatma ahmed said on May 13, 2012
    I am willing to open a saloon in oman so i would like you to help me where to get makeup artist and beautician ladies from india with experience.
  • samar said on May 23, 2012
    Hi, i'm samar i live in Abu Dhabi ,UAE. I really want to open my own business but in my circumstances cant , i want to open a spa centre which might include all beauty activities.. i see a lot of you ladies have good income so you who have money and want me as a partner just drop me an e.mail to discuss in contact.. I got a lot of beauty secrets i want to share in the spa program... email, cheers
  • Edelweiss said on May 24, 2012
    Hallo, am from Namibia. Would like have some info on how to get professional salon products exported to Namibia. I want to open an warehouse to do distribution for some brands. How and where do I start
  • ALEX said on May 29, 2012
  • Deepa Khemka said on June 3, 2012
    Running a Unisex Saloon at RAIPUR(C.G.) in 3000 sq. ft. area. Required trained staff for beauty & spa services.
  • ankush said on June 5, 2012
    i have recently purchase house in virar 645 sq feet, and need business partner who can work along with me to run beauty parlour, i can manage all the expense part only need is searching women who is experienced and talented please contact 9820209855
  • Jean said on June 15, 2012
    I am interested in starting a florist shop in Dubai, but I do not have any training or knowledge or clients. Please advise what is required to start the business and is there any way I can appoint a consultant to bring clients like hotels, companies to deliver flowers. Is there any course to be a floral designer.
  • Cynthia said on July 5, 2012
    Hi I would like to open a Beauty Salon in Virar (West). I am not a trained beautician but I am very much knowledgeable. I would like to know would I require a beautician certificate to open a salon, or can I obtain a license, open a salon and hire good beauticians.
  • M. Kanya Kumari said on July 28, 2012
    hi, i am running a beauty parlor. i have trained in central govt. (MSME) and having the govt. certificate. i am well experienced. i would like to start beautician training course in my parlor. what is the procedure to get license number to issue govt. approved certificate to the students. My parlor is located in Kovilambakkam village, Solinganallur Taluk, Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu State, India . please inform me the details that where i would register to get the approval and license.
  • jasmine said on July 29, 2012
    Hi I would like to open a Beauty Salon in navi mumbai ( Vashi sector 28 )I am not a trained beautician but I am very much knowledgeable. I would like to know would I require a beautician certificate to open a salon, or can I obtain a license, open a salon and hire good beauticians. I have my own shop with ready furniture of .like want is required in beauty parlor , so please contact urgently . so in interested parlor franchisee parlor like Kapli's , Habeb hair cutting , please contact urgently on 9820601187 jasmine or tabrez 9819577179
  • latha said on July 30, 2012
    i am running beauty parlour in trichy. i have trained in diploma certificate. what is the procedure to get in govt license and i also training course in my parlour. so please inform me the details that where would register to get the approval and license
  • k.sasikalaasri said on July 31, 2012
    I am in chennai running up beautyparlour. I have finished my full courses in leading training institute What is the procedure to enroll my name in msme, how to get govt beautician certificate & license. I have planned to take classes to students and to give govt certificates also so. I need the details immediately please help me as soon as you can. thank you.
  • usha said on August 3, 2012
    i wish to open ladies saloon in ajman. i would like to know government certificate is required .
  • marine said on August 6, 2012
    I have a salon that have last 10 years, My customers are demanding products i need a partner that will help me to start the cosmetics business so that we can work together, I work hard to them happy, Just contact me with this ad,
  • kovvuri shobhadevi said on August 10, 2012
    I am running beauty clinic since 16 years in my home Hyderabad A.P. India now i want to expand and i hired beautician i want license for my clinic so that i can give certificates to students
  • kovvuri shobhadevi said on August 10, 2012
    I also prescribe beauty products for different skin type, skin concerns, & age group which i want to sell online also can u please advise me how i can grow my business using online facility my email id is
  • James expert adviser said on August 10, 2012

    @kovvuri shobhadevi, there is a lot that you can do online. First step to educate how the online ecom business works then there will be a tons of ways to market your online store. It can't be taught in few words or in couple of days. It is a continuous process and you have to keep educating yourself in years to come..

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • vaibhav said on August 12, 2012
    I want to start a salon in mumbai as a secondary business. not sure but may be for men. If anybody has experience and wish to take whole responsibility of running the shop, please email me at "" will share my number so that we can discuss further.
  • m.krishna said on August 21, 2012
    wanted to start beauty parlour business in bhimavaram west godavari district in andhrapradesh how to get license and certificate course is necessary are can be trained in any beauty parlor
  • mandeep kaur said on August 23, 2012
    hi i am new to start business salon & academy in. panjab .distt hoshiarpur city kot fatuhi how to license and certificate. pls tell me the legal formality .thax m kaur.
  • Royalmake-up Dubai said on September 6, 2012
    Hi, I have a make up Acadamy in dubai teaching all sorts of make up . Anyone interested pls email for courses and prices, it starts from AED 250:00. Our next course starts from 1st OCT 2012 in Holiday Inn Down town dubai. I am also opening my saloon in A Qasisi soon with makeup courses in it. Good luck to whatever your heart desires. Royalmake-up
  • anjana said on September 6, 2012
    I want to know what type of licenses/approvals required from Govt for opening beauty parlour in delhi. Which department is issuing license and address in East delhi for opening beauty parlour. Further I want to open training center also in this beauty parlour. How i can do this
  • m ramakrishna rao said on September 7, 2012
    my wife wanted to start beauty parlor in bhimavaram west godavari district in andhrapradesh in own apartment. is license is necessary. if it is necessary how should she proceed. if she gets trains in well known beauty parlor is it sufficient or she should complete any cosmetology course.
  • Liza said on September 10, 2012
    I am living in the UK and intend to return to Kolkata in a years' time. I intend to open a beauty parlour once I return and would like to know if there are any specific courses that I could attend here which will give me the advantage in India.
  • Siresh said on September 11, 2012
    hi i am siresh, i am a female hair dresser n salon manager in naturals hyderabad. i want to start a salon business in hyderabad where in i am not interested in franchise. i want to start by my own but i require a partner for better growth. if anybody interested in starting salon or taking partnership that would be better. pls mail me at or u can msg or call me @ 09533053633. thanx for reading the msg take care :)
  • PNS N said on September 13, 2012
    I'm a middle age lady from Namibia, would like to start up salon. How and where do i get start up loan and my credit record is no so good. Please help! Contact me on 264812211356


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