Coming to the salon should be fun. It’s your customers’ chance to have some ‘me-time’ and indulge in a self-care activity that leaves them looking and feeling their best. And creating a friendly atmosphere (literally) pays off, with extra tips for stylists comprising 50% of service revenue (reference).
With that in mind, it’s crucial that your salon space is welcoming, stylish, and enjoyable to spend time in. As well as keeping up to date with the latest salon design trends, here are seven design tips for a more stylish and functional space.
Create a Welcoming Reception Area
Your reception area is the first part of the salon customers see when they walk into your space. It also plays a vital role in keeping customers out of the way of working stylists and providing them with something to do if you’re running behind.
With that in mind, prioritize providing comfortable chairs, access to refreshments, and entertainment such as magazines or tablets in your waiting area.
Factor in Ergonomics
Poorly organized furniture can leave your stylists with back pain and other issues if they’re standing hunched over a chair all day. Avoid health issues and keep your stylists at their best by installing adjustable seats and keeping the height of the benches at least 35 inches off the ground.
Keep seats on hand where stylists can sit in-between appointments and invest in equipment carts that reduce the need to bend down.
Make it Functional
Don’t prioritize style over substance - make your space functional, too. Leave adequate space for both customers and stylists to walk around the salon without bumping into each other or objects, and plan at least one sink per three cutting stations to allow for a regular workflow.
Get the Lighting Right
Let’s face it, looking at your own reflection for hours in the salon isn’t a great experience if the lighting is poor. You want your customers to be looking and feeling great, so getting the lighting right is a must.
Avoid harsh lighting that’s too bright and favors warmer tones instead while remembering to keep the lighting bright enough that your stylists can see what they’re doing. Consider installing gentle ring lights on your mirrors, so customers can see themselves at their best and access the perfect lighting for an Instagram snap.
Use Mirrors Strategically
Mirrors are important not just for letting customers see their new look but also to make the salon look bigger. Use mirrors strategically in a way that opens up the room and allows customers to study their new trim from all angles.
Invest in Some Greenery
Plants don’t just look great; they improve air quality too. Invest in an assortment of plants and flowers to brighten up your salon and make it a more calming environment. Just don’t forget to buy low-maintenance varieties to save yourself valuable time!
Pick a Theme (And Stick to It)
We’ve all seen those spaces that look like a blend of 1960s hippie style with a sci-fi movie and some 90s elements. It’s… not a good look. Instead, choose one theme (such as minimalist, bright colors, or contemporary) and stick with it throughout all your furniture and color choices.
Making Your Digital Space Easier to Navigate with My Cuts App
It’s not just the physical layout of your salon that matters. From your booking process to payments, your customers want an experience that’s as straightforward and enjoyable as possible online as well as offline.
With the innovative My Cuts app, you can level up your salon management process, freeing up your time to grow your business and providing your clients with exceptional customer service. It’s a win for you and a win for your customers.