How to decorate a nail salon on a low budget

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Nail salons, with low up-front costs, are an excellent option for first-time entrepreneurs in any economy. A nail salon is the perfect business for someone who is passionate about nails and spa salons, fashion and incorporating art into the work of beautification. A great way to express yourself and set your business apart is by decorating your nail salon in a way that presents a professional appearance to reassure customers but is creative enough to draw them in. Decorating the salon while keeping a low budget will help your new business to be successful.

Step 1

Visit your local hardware stores and search through the bulk paints that have been mixed with the wrong color. Keep a watch on these paint sections at multiple hardware stores until you find a color of paint that will put your customers in a relaxed frame of mind, and still communicate a fresh and stylish store appearance. Apply the paint to the walls using smooth, even brushstrokes. Add joint compound to the paint to give it a textured appearance.

Step 2

Search through liquidation sales and business closeout sales for equipment from other nail salons that have gone out of business and purchase any relevant equipment of pedicure chair. School closings and office closings are also useful for finding desk chairs, desks and organization equipment. Refurbish the equipment in such a way that it has an overall theme, by refinishing it with stain or painting it.

Step 3

Find vintage floor lamps, desk lamps and additional lighting from thrift stores and business closings. Replace the bulbs with attractive, mellow filament bulbs to provide a soft lighting environment.

Step 4

As business continues, use the by-products of the business to create attractive decorations and furnishings to decorate it. Examples of this include creating objects out of clear nail polish bottles such as chandeliers or other lamps for your spa salon.

How to choose the right ventilation system for your salon

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Nail technicians are exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals every day. The dust and vapors generated from products are close to the breathing zone of you and your clients and can cause a variety of long-term health problems. While they aren’t lethal, they can irritate the delicate membranes of the eyes, nose and lungs. “This irritation may cause a burning or itching sensation, which is a warning sign that you need to reduce your exposure to that particular product before any serious damage is done,” says Jeff Cardarella, president of Modern Solutions Incorporated. Proper ventilation can remove any potential inhalation hazard and help ensure safe air quality. Don’t assume that your salon is exempt from these needs—ventilation is vital if you do any kind of nail enhancement services. Even if you only perform manicures and pedicures or your salon smells fresh and clean, you still must take the necessary precautions to properly ventilate your space.

Air Purifying Myths

Nail salons present unique ventilation requirements. The most common misconception is that ventilation is necessary to control odors within the salon, when in fact ventilation should be used to control vapors and dust. Another common mistake is thinking that just because something smells unpleasant, it’s harmful to breathe. Cardarella explains, “Sometimes vapors are readily apparent because of a distinctive odor, but if you can’t smell anything, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any vapors present.” Doug Schoon, chief scientific officer of CND and author of Nail Structure and Product Chemistry (Second Edition), states, “Odor doesn’t determine the safety of a chemical. Smells are vapors stimulating special odor-detecting cells in the nose. Use proper ventilation, and odors will disappear with the vapors.”

Keep in mind that general heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVACs) designed for offices, schools and other nonindustrial settings are inadequate for keeping potentially hazardous substances at “safe” amounts in the air—this type of ventilation dilutes contaminants in the air, but does not completely remove them.

Effective Ventilation

To adequately protect both nail technicians and clients, local exhaust ventilation should be installed. Local exhaust ventilation captures and removes contaminants at their source before they reach the air you breathe. It protects the breathing zone and is preferable to have as close as possible to the source of emissions to keep them vented to the outside of the salon. Local exhaust systems can also be mounted on the wall or ceiling. Some use flexible hoses that can be placed near the breathing zone to increase usefulness. Any such systems must be professionally designed and installed to ensure effectiveness.

Your best ventilation bet—and the only one that should be used in a salon environment—is a commercial-grade, high-quality unit that utilizes a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter and activated charcoal. HEPA filters are very useful for filtering out fine dust particles, which are often microscopic and continually circulate in the air. Cardarella says, “These particles may not be visible to the naked eye, but can easily enter your respiratory system.”

But while HEPA filters are great for dust particles, they do not capture vapor molecules, which are thousands of times smaller than the tiniest dust particle. This is where activated charcoal (also called activated carbon) comes into play. A special process creates an extremely porous and super-absorbent material that captures vapors in tiny crevices. These units usually have several blower speeds; a higher speed rushes by too quickly for the activated charcoal to do its job, so choose a slower speed for more efficient absorption. Schoon says, “I recommend that the unit have a four-inch-thick bed of activated charcoal, which weighs a bit more than five pounds.”
The combination of activated charcoal and HEPA filters is ideal. Activated charcoal can work with an outdoor venting system or a portable air cleaner. Also, a HEPA prefilter is essential because dust can clog up the activated charcoal bed or filter, making it useless.

Finally, watch out for air cleaners that claim to remove odors using “ozone air”—otherwise called “pure air,” “activated or energized oxygen” or “triatomic air.” They wrongly suggest that ozone is a healthy or safe form of oxygen. Even in tiny amounts, ozone is a hazardous air contaminant and should be avoided.

Step-by-Step

To ensure that your salon is properly ventilated, follow these steps:

1. Assess the dimensions of the salon

First and foremost, you should know the volume of air that needs to be ventilated. Choose a system that fully ventilates the amount of square footage you want covered, including ceiling height. “Large salons usually need more than one unit. Several units will outperform one larger unit,” says Schoon. Outdoor venting is the preferred system, but if there is no convenient outside access for ducts or vents, then you’ll have to consider other options.

Assess your salon by asking these questions: What is the square footage of your salon? Do you have easy access to its exterior through a wall, window or roof? Do you need the system to be portable or permanently mounted? How many stations does the salon need to ventilate?

2. Flooring

This is also an important consideration —monomer, acetone and other product vapors migrate to the floor. Schoon says, “Carpeting is not appropriate for salons. It can become a big source of indoor air pollution and oftentimes traps dust and debris, which can later be released into the air.” If carpet is your only option, it needs to be shampooed regularly to prevent debris accumulation; old, soiled carpet should be removed completely.

3. Customize

Choose the system that works best for your salon. If you have access to the outside, try a flexible-tube local exhaust system linked to an outdoor venting system. With this type of system, you can link several stations into one exhaust system, which is very cost effective, even for one table.

Another option is a ventilated nail table linked to an outdoor venting system. This is great for a salon that already has ventilated tables and can install ducts to the outside.

For portable ventilation solutions with no outside access, a flexible-tube local exhaust system vented through a HEPA filter with a three-to-four-inch-thick activated charcoal system works best. These systems are usually more costly than outdoor venting, but are most effective for a portable solution.

Or, you can use a nail table vented through a HEPA filter with a three-to-four-inch-thick activated charcoal filter system. This is perfect for a salon that has already invested in a ventilated nail table.

Another option is a commercial-grade, high quality HEPA filter/activated charcoal room air cleaner unit containing at least 18 pounds of activated charcoal. These are not as effective, but work well in conjunction with local exhaust systems. Used correctly, they will make a great improvement in air quality.

Installing an effective exhaust system with individual exhaust vents for each station is preferable. If possible, the exhaust should be vented outdoors in a manner that meets local building code requirements.

4. Maintain your system

Once you have selected your perfect system, don’t forget to maintain and clean it on a regular basis for it to run efficiently. A local HVAC specialist can ensure that your system is adequate for the space and keep it running properly.

An activated charcoal bed or filter should be replaced every three to four months with normal usage, depending on the thickness of the charcoal bed. “The thicker the bed, the longer you can go without changing it, but you shouldn’t go more than a year,” says Schoon. An activated charcoal bed is like a sponge—once it’s full, it cannot continue to absorb vapors. Also, completely saturated filters are a fire hazard since many of the absorbed vapors are flammable. Filters cannot be reused or cleaned.

5. Protect yourself as well as your spa pedicure chair

When filing or shaping nail enhancements, some technicians wear disposable masks to filter the air they breathe. Surgical masks help prevent the spread of germs, but not the inhalation of dust and vapors. Dust masks protect you from dust particles, but not against the inhalation of vapors. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests wearing a dust mask with an N95 rating. This rating means it will block 95 percent of the tiniest dust particles that can be inhaled deeper into the lung. Also, wearing a mask with a one-way valve allows you to exhale easily, increases comfort and prevents moisture from accumulating and fogging eyewear.

6. Product use and storage

Keep nail products and dispenser bottles closed when they aren’t in use. NIOSH recommends using bottles with narrow throats and pump dispensers. Dappen dishes should be covered when not in use and should not have an opening greater than one inch. This will reduce evaporation and exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Do not use bulk containers when performing services. Instead, transfer products from large containers to smaller, properly labeled containers. Perform this task in a well-ventilated area, such as outside or near an open window or door and avoid skin contact.

Keep a metal trash can with a self-closing lid at every workstation to dispose of used wipes and paper towels as soon as possible. Believe it or not, the majority of odor in nail salons comes from the trash can.

Lastly, the tops of ventilated tables and other vents should be clear of any obstructions, including towels.

How to choose the right Pedicure Spa

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Pedicure is a cosmetic treatment that is given particularly to the feet and toenails. While a pedicure is generally given for cosmetic purposes, it can sometimes be administered for therapeutic purposes as well. A pedicure chair aids in the proper administering of the procedure to a client. If you run a spa or plan to run one in the future to offer pedicure to clients, you need to know how to choose the right spa pedicure chairs for your facility.

A good pedicure chair not only provides a pleasant experience for your clients during the procedure, but also aids you in administering the procedure correctly. Proper tools are always necessary for any kind of technician. Be it a doctor, an architect, a plumber, an electrician, or a beautician, the right tools are extremely important for the trade. Likewise, you need to have the right spa chair to take good care of your clients’ feet when they come for a pedicure treatment.

There are different types of pedicure chairs for spas. The most basic ones are ergonomic seats that come with a footrest. You can use a separate footbath bowl or tub to clean and bathe the clients’ feet. More advanced chairs come with an integrated footbath. Some of them also have water heating and auto filling features. These chairs fill the water in the bowl to the right level and heat the water, providing you more time to focus on other procedures, as the client gets ready for the pedicure.

The size and footprint of a pedicure chair is also an important factor that you need to consider. Especially when space is a constraint, you need to find chairs that have the appropriate dimensions to fit your room. Some pedicure chairs can be a little bulky, and you need to know in advance whether you have enough space to accommodate them or even bring them in through the doorway.

Spa pedicure chairs also come in a variety of shapes, colors and materials. It is important to choose your furniture to blend well with your spa’s décor. For instance, if you have predominantly wooden textures in your interiors, then you need to choose a chair that has wood textures on it. If your spa interiors are more trendy and futuristic, then fiberglass models with bright colors would suit them better.

Therefore, you need to know how to choose the right spa pedicure chairs that blend well with you décor, as well as provide you with the necessary assistance to give your clients a comfortable and refreshing pedicure experience.

How to choose the right hot tub

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Choosing the right hot tub or spa for you and your SPA SALON can be confusing, especially with so many different hot tub brands, models and options coming over to the USA.

  1. Research hot tubs online
    Searching the internet for information about hot tubs and spas is generally a good idea. Lots of people have hot tubs in the USA and are enjoying the various social and health benefits that come with them. Read hot tub reviews or websites to get an idea about what a hot tubs  lifestyle is like and how it could benefit you. Understanding why you want an hot tubs  is sometimes a good indicator of what kind of SALON FURNITURE you should research.
  2. Caution: buying a hot tub online
    Don’t be fooled thinking you’ll get a ‘better deal’ online. We highly recommend that you physically see some hot tubs or spas before you buy them. The best hot tubs are a long term investment and will add value to your home as well as provide family entertainment for many years. Unfortunately internet deals can sometimes fall through meaning you’ll lose your money, or worse still, the hot tub you receive is much lower in quality than the one you were expecting and it will end up costing you more to run it or repair it. It’s important to understand the quality of your preferred hot tubs by going to a hot tubs showroom to see them.
  3. Manufacturing hot tubs
    Not all hot tubs are the same. During your research look out for reputable hot tubs manufacturers and search their websites for information. If they have a good reputation for quality, you’ll be able to see it. Look out for it. Quality hot tub retailers and manufacturers will provide detailed hot tub product details, technical quality details, where to buy and their service information. Also look for manufacturers who offer a full hot tub warranty.
  4. Plan for your new hot tubs
    When preparing your SALON for the arrival of a new hot tubs, start discussing it with your local hot tubs retailer as soon as you can. They will point out all the considerations regarding an efficient installation while helping you make the most of your new hot tubs.
  5. The best hot tubs
    The best hot tubs are ones that provide you with years of entertainment and pleasure, without costing you a fortune to run. Make sure you check the quality of the hot tub construction. The cost to run  hot tubs depends on how often you heat the water. Generally, if a hot tub is well made with significant insulation, the better it will be at retaining heat. Be sure to choose a hot tub with several layers of different types of insulation, which ensures maximum heat retention. Replica models lacking good insulation will ultimately cost more to heat. Other good indicators of the best hot tubs include a thick, strong hot tub cover to retain heat while you’re not using your hot tub and a solid ABS base. As well as retaining heat at the bottom of your hot tub, a strong base will prevent garden creatures and outdoor pests from getting inside it too.
  6. Hot tub size matters
    The best hot tubs are ones that provide you with years of entertainment and pleasure, without costing you a fortune to run. Make sure you check the quality of the hot tub construction. The cost to run  hot tubs depends on how often you heat the water. Generally, if a hot tub is well made with significant insulation, the better it will be at retaining heat. Be sure to choose a hot tub with several layers of different types of insulation, which ensures in all shapes and sizes. Firstly, it’s important to think about how much space you have in your SALON – and the access to it. This may limit the hot tub size you can accommodate. If you have problems with access to your salon, they may suggest a crane to help lift your hot tub or spa over your house. Next, think about the number of people you will have in the hot tub at once. If you are planning regular hot tub parties, then you might need more PEDICURE CHAIR seats than a standard family size. Although a larger hot tub may not always mean more seats, they are generally more comfortable with more space to move around in. Finally, think about the height of the people using the hot tub. Most standard hot tubs are around 90cm high, but the lengths differ. If you’re choosing a hot tub with a lounge seat, make sure they accommodate taller and shorter people comfortably. (The best way to check for comfort is to sit in a dry hot tub at a hot tub showroom).
  7. Maintaining hot tub water
    When choosing a hot tub, you should look at how it filters the water. Typically, hot tubs use pleated filters to trap any grease or dirt. Most hot tubs have 1 or 2 pumps that support hydrotherapy massage (the jets) plus a separate circulation pump which pushes all hot tub water through a filtration system. The system includes a number of pleated filters, skimmers or filter bags to trap all matter of debris that may enter your   hot tub during use.
    Don’t forget that you need to maintain the hot tub water once it is up and running in your salon. Check before you buy your hot tub that your installer knows about maintaining hot tub water. A   hot tub retailer will provide detailed information and training about chemical treatments and water balance once your hot tub is installed. It’s easy once you know how. Popular water treatments for hot tub water safety include Chlorine, Bromine and for more sensitive skin, Oxidiser. Managing your hot tub water is important for your safety. Make sure you choose a hot tub retailer or manufacturer who can help you with ongoing maintenance and your chemical questions.
  8. Hot tub covers
    Make sure your hot tub is covered when not in use. Not only does this retain heat, but it also stops airborne debris from entering your hot tub water. The best hot tub covers are solid with insulation and have locks on them which fasten onto the side of your hot tub. This stops them from being tampered with while they’re out of use. A good hot tub cover will last for a couple of years before you should consider replacing it.

Find the quality pedicure chairs so that the clients need

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  1. When most people go to a spa or salon, they want to be able to relax. The atmosphere is just as important as the equipment. Many salon chairs also can massage the customer
  2. From the endless styles and types of pedicure chair, selecting the right salon furniture and salon equipment can be an exciting process. Each service in a salon or spa will require a specific piece of SPA SALON Equipment to perform that particular job. When setting up your nail salon, one of the most difficult things to do is to find the quality When most people go to a spa or salon, they want to be able to relax. The atmosphere is just as important as the equipment. Many salon chairs also can massage the customer
  3. From the endless styles and types of pedicure chair that every pedicure environment deserves in shapes and silhouettes that reflect the very latest in fashion trends.
    When most people go to a spa or salon, they want to be able to relax. The atmosphere is just as important as the equipment. Many salon chairs also can massage the customer, or provide heated seats to soothe the legs, shoulders, and back while the pedicure is being performed. The chairs should not be noisy and they should run smoother and quieter.
  4. Before any kind of hair cut shampooing is very important. Shampoo chair is used for the purpose and it is perfect for all client and especially those with long hair. This is very comfortable for both the client and the operator. It is extremely durable and built to last for many years. Shampoo unit is also designed for client comfort with a tilt adjustable bowl and self-adjusting seat. As the units are among the most important pieces of equipment in a hair salon, it is often best to invest in a piece that will last.
  5. Depending on the nature of the salon, style can also be an important consideration. In most of the shops shampoo units, backwash units, shampoo chairs and shampoo bowls are provided at discounted wholesale prices and backed up with a three year factory guarantee. You can also order fully customized shampoo units to best suit your salon’s needs. The design of shampoo unit allows a person to recline comfortably while resting his or her head over the edge of the sink, so that a hairdresser can wash the client’s hair properly and perfectly.

SPA SALON Equipment Guide

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Here we have listed is some of the mobile spa equipment that will be essential to your business. It is very important to find portable Equipment that will be lightweight, easy to carry and functions properly.

Being able to set up quickly at the clients location is important to looking and being professional. You don’t want to waste time by using Equipment that does not lend itself to being portable.

We have researched and tested all of these products for use in operating a mobile beauty business.

The first and most important item will be your carrying case. You will want to use a case that is functional and portable for your in-home spa business. This unit does all that and more!

Don’t forget you won’t just be servicing homes but also office, apartments and hotels. You need a portable unit that has wheels as well and as a handle.

One of the items you may have to carry with you will be a paraffin unit. You need a case that will house such an item without the paraffin unit spilling . It is the little things about being mobile that entrepreneurs sometimes overlook.

This innovative product is for mobile hairdressers who may have a customer that cannot get out of bed and has to stay lying flat.This unit inflates and you will be able to shampoo and rinse the clients hair while she is lying in bed. It contains a drainage tube which will let you drain the water while you are rinsing the hair.

It is very portable unit for mobile hairdressers.

Footbath’s, with all the controversy these days over the infections that some people are getting when they Here we have listed is some of the mobile spa equipment that will be essential to your business. It is very important to find portable Equipment that will be lightweight, easy to carry and functions properly.

Being able to set up quickly at the clients location is important to looking and being professional. You don’t want to waste time by using Equipment that does not lend itself to being portable.

We have researched and tested all of these products for use in operating a mobile beauty business.

The first and most important item will be your carrying case. You will want to use a case that is functional and portable for your in-home spa business. This unit does all that and more!

Don’t forget you won’t just be servicing homes but also office, apartments and hotels. You need a portable unit that has wheels as well and as a handle.

One of the items you may have to carry with you will be a paraffin unit. You need a case that will house such an item without the paraffin unit spilling . It is the little things about being mobile that entrepreneurs sometimes overlook.

This innovative product is for mobile hairdressers who may have a customer that cannot get out of bed and has to stay lying flat.to take precautions with your portable footbath.

This footbath does not have a drain or filter system like the ones do at some spas where you have to clean it out after every client but you still should be hygienic with your footbath.

We suggest to use a plastic bag as a liner inside of this footbath. Each client will receive a new liner and you will not have to clean the unit out in between clients. This is especially handy when you are serving a group of clients at a pedicure party. The cost of these liners are minimal and clients will see you are taking every precaution so they do not come in contact with any infectious diseases.

If you want your clients to have a little extra pampering try this vibrating foot massager. You can use this during your pedicures or while your client is receiving a manicure you can have her feet sitting in these slippers and she will feel extra pampered!

It’s all about the little extras you can offer clients and this will get them talking about your business.

Do’s & Dont’s of Decorating a Hair Salon

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The beauty industry is all about looking good, and the choices you make to decorate your salon determine how good you look to your clients. Consider your salon decor as an extension of your brand. Everything from the floors to the mirrors should make a statement about who you are, what you do, and who you want to serve. In a business where style matters, a salon’s interior sets the tone for what customers can expect.

Do Pick a Theme

Pick a theme that reflects your salon’s mission, location, target audience and market. A Hollywood-themed salon may work in Los Angeles, but could turn off clients in no-nonsense New York. Bright red walls and 1980s disco “pleather” chairs clash with a holistic salon’s message of serenity.
Choose paint colors that capture the essence of your salon’s theme. Neutral earth tones work well in a salon with a day spa. An all-white salon with sleek glossy spa salon furniture is better for a high-tech or new-wave theme.

Do Pick a Style

Select a style synonymous with your salon’s demographics. Are you an upscale salon? If so, choose accents and finishes such as crystal chandeliers and marble countertops.
If your salon is located in a historic district, include wrought iron hardware and cherry wood finishes. Perhaps your salon caterers to men. If so, provide sturdy leather seating and masculine touches like chrome hardware and stainless steel. Family focused salons should include bright primary colors, especially if you want to promote children’s services.

Do Go Bold

Make a bold statement with contrasting colors, oversized spa salon mirrors and “statement lighting.”
Use large mirrors to help create an expansive feel. Industrial or “statement lighting” fixtures give salons a cutting-edge vibe. If your salon has high ceilings, add drama with floor-to-ceiling drapes in velvet or silk.
Add a pop of color to a monochromatic salon, such as a stunning red couch in the waiting area in an all-white salon.

Don’t Get Caught in the Past

Avoid looking dated and out of style. Unless your salon is based on a 1950s theme, steer clear of retro salon furniture. Consult with an interior designer or salon designer about trends, and about ways to “future-proof” your salon by purchasing timeless fixtures.
Display updated portraits of current style trends only. Reupholster dated styling chairs and hair dryer seating. Replace vinyl flooring with sleek wood or wood laminate floors. Use modern cabinetry and storage units. Update signage, including your logo if it features any dated images.

Don’t Clutter

Clutter sends the wrong message to customers. It says your salon is unorganized. Clean lines and organized spaces evoke tranquility and efficiency.
Keep windows free of hanging plants. Besides taking up valuable display space, plants can also attract bugs, the last thing customers want to see in a salon.
Keep your retail display clean, de-cluttered and inviting. Remove stacks of old magazines. Nothing screams “out of touch” like a stack of 10-year-old publications.