Whether you are just starting a business or have a salon already, it is imperative that you create an efficient space that will serve your clients well. And after the past two years, it is definitely time to realize that less is more. To that end, you don’t need a 12 seat salon to be a great stylist. Even if you are starting small, you can still create a dynamic business that will cultivate lasting customer relationships and help your business grow. FHI Heat understands that you want to have the products and tools on hand that will help beautify your clients, but you also need to arrange them in such a way that they are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Check out our five tips below so that you can make the most of a small space.
No matter how much space you have in your salon, you need to make sure that you can do your job with ease. To that end, set up the space with workflow in mind. Is it awkward to get from the sink back to the chair? Can all the tools at your station be plugged in at the same time? How can you organize your station counters for maximum efficiency? How can you situate your products so that everything is within easy reach but yet not messy? Walking through your salon for a mock appointment is a great way to make sure that the workflow is going to work smoothly for both you and your clients.
If you want to maximize your salon space, get rid of all of the extemporaneous clutter that is laying around. Clear off all of your station surfaces, and make sure you have a place for everything. Utilize the drawers, and make sure they are labeled and organized. As grandma used to say, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Additionally, keeping that back area clean will help the space seem airier.
Think outside of the box and join our Pro Commission program to reduce the clutter. This program allows you to earn commission on the quality products and tools that we sell, without having to make room for the inventory in your salon.
A few well-placed cabinets can change everything for the better. Hide unsightly elements of your salon, like radiators. A cupboard can store materials, as well as hide things from customers that you would rather not have them see. For instance, you can tuck long cords from your tools into cupboards. Our Platform Blowout Handle-less Hair Dryer is the perfect solution, as its powerful twin fan motor dries hair in half the time, and maximum negative ions seal the cuticle. No handle means less storage space, and the 12 foot cord allows you to tuck it away in a cupboard.
Unless your salon is in pristine brand new construction, there are bound to be some unsightly radiators, ledges, or outlets that need to be covered. Additionally, make space around the furnishings, instead of putting them up against the walls. This will give the illusion that you have a wider space.
Another way to conserve space is to use tools and products that can perform double duty. If you can use one tool instead of two, that will be less clutter hanging around your station. Invest in the right equipment, two-in-one products that will save you space.
As far as tools that do double duty, The Polisher is the perfect example. A paddle brush and dryer in one, our plasma ionic technology will smooth your clients’ hair and tame their frizz, while creating a smooth, gentle style. It also can be used on dry hair to provide a pick-me-up.
If you need a product that offers a plethora of protection, Sheer Remedy Liquid Satin Treatment uses silk proteins and a silk amino base to help a client’s hair in several ways. First it provides strength and smoothness. Next, it creates hair resilience, eliminating frizz and building strong hair strands. Use it on wet or dry hair, and you can see how versatile this product is.
Think outside the box in a small space to make sure that there is a place for everything. Hang tools from the ceilings, put mirrors and other fixtures as high as possible to create vertical space, and take shelving and lighting all the way to the ceiling. The lighting itself can light up the space, bringing a vibrancy to the room.
Use tools like our Accelerate 2200 Dryer with a 12-foot cord. Not only does it feature a brushless DC motor, which is more powerful than an AC motor, but it is so lightweight that you can hang it from the ceiling, and save your forearms when you are working with it all day! This is definitely a win-win!
Consider the way you design what you hang on the wall, as well as the space itself. A light and airy design will always make things appear bigger. Use the right materials for the job. Reflective items, such as lucite, white lacquer, and glossy tiles turn into mirrors when reflected in light. This will make your salon seem bigger and brighter for both your co-workers and your clients.
When all is said and done, a small space is not a big problem if you know how to design it. Along with a quality design, use materials that reflect light and hide the clutter. And finally, let FHI Heat products and tools be the star of the show in maximizing the space in your small salon.