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Launching a Successful Salon

by Vendela Berg


Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a trip to beauty salons will make you feel and look confidently beautiful – and that’s what’s more important. If you are a beauty and hair enthusiast and dream of launching your own salon business, then today’s article is going to be a good read for you.

The beauty industry is getting to be a more and more attractive business opportunity. And while you can certainly turn a profit from making people feel and look great, there is more to opening a salon business than simply making others look beautiful. From health inspections to getting licenses and certifications, equipment, marketing, accounting, financing, opening a salon business can get complicated fast.

Dreaming of starting your own beauty salon? Read these helpful tips.

We’re here to give you a breakdown of beauty salons business basics.

How to Choose the Right Opportunity

Choosing the right business opportunity relies significantly on the availability of your funds.

Getting a franchise is most likely the easiest method of acquiring your own business. You wouldn’t have to deal with the tension and fear of a startup business since you will be working with an already established and well-known brand. Marketing costs can get significantly lower, and the franchisor can offer you the support you need during the start and adjustment period, including training the staff, acquiring licenses and equipment, and other necessary trips to help get you started.

Another opportunity to your own business is to buy an already established salon that is on sale. Beauty salons that are put up for sale can be a result of a variety of reasons: from the owner retiring to fatigue, the owner already having had made enough money to bankruptcy. This option is not as easy as franchising as you may need to clear the brand name and revive the business.

The third option is to launch your own beauty salon from the ground up. You start by developing and enhancing your concept of searching for a trademark to acquire clients. Costs for a startup is not as easy to determine an estimate; there are a lot of factors involved and more pitfalls and obstacles to overcome. However, the main advantage is you get to set your own rules and make your unique dream a reality.

Legalities

In the United States, all businesses must have a license to operate. And all beauty industry employees must have a certification or license to prove that they can practice what they do. Check the Small Business Administration to know what legal issues you need to navigate before starting your business. Furthermore, check the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing of your state to confirm the specific requirements you need to meet. Another critical matter is to pass a health inspection. If you fail to comply with your jurisdiction’s sanitary regulations, then you may pay monetary fees or your business may be shut down. Refer to your state’s official website to know precisely what you need to do.

Location

With any business venture, location is key. As for beauty salons, places with high traffic enjoy the most success. The most obvious ones are malls, business centers, shopping streets, and districts. Locations near department and grocery stores and uptown with a high number of dwellings are also lucrative spots to open a salon. Try to avoid placing your beauty site in close proximity to another salon.

Usually, salons are situated on the ground floor of an establishment. This is a typical requirement since the business needs many electrical outlets and additional plumbing.

Another important consideration is the hours of operation. Beauty clients tend to come in early in the morning before their workday starts or after a workday, which is usually 5 PM. And naturally, expect more clients on weekends or holidays. Conforming your business hours can expand your clientele. For instance, beauty salons located at business centers typically open at 7 AM and close at 10 PM. While those hours seem logical, some salons are open 24 hours. They charge extra for services offered during the night, and yet these salons still turn a profit.

Offered Services

Do you want to concentrate on nails or offer exclusive hair services? Are you thinking of providing spa services and massages? You may opt to have a full array of personal care services. At the beginning stage of your business conceptualization, you need to weigh all considerations.

In Summary

These are just the fundamentals you need to get familiar when it comes to starting your salon business. In a future post, we will delve deeper into the technology and equipment you need to carry and the business side of beauty salons.

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Highlight Your Tresses with the Right Color

by Vendela Berg


You can learn a lot of things on the internet. However, it’s up to you how you want to apply this newfound knowledge. When it comes to hair color, picking the right shade will make a big difference in your overall look.

Sure, you can type your query into Google, but more often than not, you will be left with information about hair color that is unclear, incomplete, or just plain incorrect.

Hair Colors Palette

This post will give you the lowdown on all things you need to know about picking the right shade to elevate your look. Whether you’re going to a special occasion or just a casual day-to-day look, you can rock the right hair color all-year round.

And we promise that by the end of this post, you will have a clearer idea of what color will work best for you.

Beauty is Skin Tone Deep

There are two categories when it comes to skin tone: warm and cool. Determining what your skin tone is is the first step to knowing what shade will complement it. If you have already been the adventurous type and have tried out a variety of colors, you might wonder why some look great on you, while others leave you looking dull and flat. Perhaps you’re a natural golden blonde, and you’ve tried transforming it into a platinum, but it just didn’t seem right? Maybe you’ve turned your dark, brunette into a reddish brown before but it didn’t give you anything?

It’s all got to do with your skin tone. According to AVEDA, the secret to finding the most flattering hair color for you is within your skin undertones.

We’ve mentioned warm and cool tones. These categories are further split into two subcategories: autumn and summer for warm skin tones; and winter and spring for cool skin tones.

Let’s look at each category.

Cool Tones

Winter Characteristics

Liv Tyler

You have fair, lighter skin no matter what your ethnicity is

You have pink undertones

You have jewel-toned eye colors such as blue, green, emerald green, dark blue, and dark brown that almost looks black; not hazel

You do not tan easily

Your natural hair color is darker or black

There might be a harsh contrast between your face, hair, and eyes

Recommended Colors

Violet, violet-red, and blue will work best for those with winter skin tones. Go for:
Jewel-toned, black or dark brown, platinum blonde, or dark violet red to bring out your green, emerald eyes.

Colors to Avoid

Copper red, caramel, honey, and copper red.

Spring Characteristics

Elizabeth Banks

You have fair skin with pink or yellow undertones

If you have lighter color eyes such as light blue, bright green, lighter hazel, or light golden brown

You can tan easier than a Winter but not as quickly as those with warm skin tones

You either have natural super blonde or dirty blonde hair

Recommended Colors

Go for colors with violet, green, or blue base: platinum blonde, ashy blonde, ashy brown, and icy blonde.

Colors to Avoid

Gold or orange based-colors such as honey blonde and golden brown

Warm Tones

Autumn Characteristics

Jennifer Aniston

You have “glowing” skin

Your eye color is either hazel green with golden flecks or golden brown; they have less bright, jewel tones and more brown, hazel, and golden

You were born with rich, dark brown hair

You have pale skin but it is often olive base, and you can tan easily

Recommended Colors

Colors with red undertones and orange base. Please note that the orange base doesn’t mean the actual orange color. Go for copper or caramel shades, rich auburn, chocolate brown, warm, honey blonde, or golden blonde.

Colors to Avoid

Colors with blue, violet, or green undertones, ashy brown, platinum blonde

Summer Characteristics

Gisele Bündchen

You have golden, olive skin

You tan easily, and when you do, you have a bronzed look

Summers have a wide range of eye colors. It’s usually hazel, but it can be any color

Recommended Colors

Yellow or orange base works well with summer skin tone. Go for rich golden blonde, champagne blonde, honey colors, caramel brown, honey platinum, and other lighter colors.

Colors to Avoid

Black and anything with blue or green base

What Is Your Time and Money Budget?

Before you head on over to your favorite hair salon, you have to determine what your hair color budget is first. Hair coloring is a process that takes a while; thus, time and cost should be taken into account. The secret to having a fantastic hair is proper maintenance and care. For instance, going blonde requires frequent root touch-ups. Additionally, as a blonde, you will want to use good sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners for colored hair.

Using the right product will help you maintain a glorious look that will last.

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