Running a successful beauty salon requires the ability to juggle inventory in response to customer demands. Stylists and aestheticians require equipment in order to do their jobs, and keeping everything neat and tidy can be a challenge.
The key to keeping your salon looking professional is to invest in the proper storage for your products and tools. Here are some ideas to help you.
- It’s easy for small items like nail polish to get out of hand. Instead of piling them into a drawer, consider getting a cute tiered dessert plate and using that to display your selection of colors. Even a relatively small plate can hold dozens of bottles of nail polish, giving customers an opportunity to peruse their choices while waiting for a manicure or pedicure.
- Your stylists need to have things like combs, brushes, and other styling tools at hand. Buy some PVC pipe and paint it to match your salon’s décor. Your stylists can use it to store all of their tools together, and the pipe allows them to keep cords out of sight so their stations look clean.
- Does your salon offer makeovers? If it does, your makeup artists need to have a neat way to store their makeup brushes. One idea is to use a short vase at each station. Fill the bottom of the vase with glass marbles like the ones used for arranging flowers. Stick the handles of the brushes into the marbles for quick and easy storage.
- One of the most challenging areas of any salon is the color station. Colorists move product constantly as they mix colors for their clients and it’s easy for things to get messy. To keep your coloring products contained, invest in some deep drawers with dividers. You can sort the colors chromatically to make them easy to find. Shelves above the drawers can hold mixing tools, gloves, and other supplies.
- If you have a small salon, finding a place to keep robes for your clients to use can be hard. You don’t need an extra room to give your clients privacy while they change. Instead, install a cabinet with a hanging rod in a corner at the back of the salon. Make a cute sign for the cabinet and curtain off the area so customers can hang up their clothes and change into their robes.
- Many salons make a significant profit from the products they sell to clients. Depending on how many products you sell, it can be difficult to find the space to display them nicely – and to store your inventory. For your display, get creative with shelves and make your products a decorative centerpiece. Shelves don’t have to be built into the walls. For example, you might shop thrift stores for some funky bookcases to use, or even stack small coffee tables one on top of the other to create a one-of-a-kind product display. For storing inventory out back, inexpensive shelving units work nicely if you sort the products by manufacturer and SKU number to make them easy to find when you need to replenish your display.
- If your salon is too small for you to have a dedicated office, you need to find a secure place to store customer receipts and other sensitive documents. One place to stash them is under the reception desk. Buy a small filing cabinet with a lock and keep them tucked out of the way there. If you’re not comfortable having them in the front of the salon, tuck them in the back where you store your inventory.
Even the smallest salon can look elegant and organized if you use these ideas – and your imagination.