Of course, there are a number of considerations that should be deliberated upon before making an important decision like this one:

  • A first-time hairdressing salon owner must take the necessary steps to establish his or her new salon legitimately, which often means writing a business plan and researching tax obligations. This may sound daunting, but with the right expert assistance, you can accomplish this efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • In most cases, a significant amount of disposable cash may not be available for business start-up costs. If this is the case, financing can be secured before moving forward.
  • A new salon should be branded, meaning that its values should be made evident to the public in an effort to establish a reputation in the industry. Things like a brand strategy, a business name, strapline, and logo are all part of the branding process.
  • The best hairdressing salon owners are already established beauty-business professionals. This is not only an important consideration when a hairdressing salon owner plans on cutting, colouring, and styling hair in the salon, but it’s a must when managing other stylists. Of course, a non-hairstylist can start a hairdressing salon business, but we strongly advise that a beauty professional be hired as a managing director.
  • People management skills are a must for any hairdressing salon owner. An understanding of different learning styles, personality types, and the ability to extract the best from each person is imperative.
  • Perseverance is essential when establishing any new business. A hairdressing salon requires long hours and hard work; however, we contend that it’s all worth it.

Five billion pounds are spent on health and beauty supplies per year in the UK, and a large portion of this is sold by hairdressing salons. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people in the UK are employed by hairdressing salons and other beauty-related spas.

What does this mean for you, an aspiring hairdressing salon owner? It means that there’s a market for what you wish to offer. The question is this: will you be able to cut through the competition in order to deliver something that your clients believe to be a “cut above?”

In Ashley Howard’s upcoming book release, How to Cut it as a Salon Owner, he will guide you through the hairdressing salon owner practices that you can use to set your salon apart from the rest. Connect with us on ScissorhandsHairdressersAcademy on Facebook for updates, advice on owning a hairdressing salon, and for news about Ashley’s book release.

As always, Scissorhands UK invite you to contact us with any questions regarding hairdressing salon ownership and management, hairdressers scissors, and haircutting techniques. We also urge you to call 01535 658 570 to speak with Ashley Howard or any of Scissorhands’ other hairdressing professionals.