Determining when to upgrade can be difficult. Use the following list to set monthly goals, and a yearly calendar to keep the salon restored and up-to-date.
It’s important to stay up-to-date on current tastes and styles to maintain and grow business. We have created a list of the most important salon essentials that should be upgraded seasonally, and throughout the upcoming years.
Neck Support for Shampoo Bowls - Seasonally
Changing these out is extremely inexpensive, and provides excellent comfort for the client and a stylish backbar for the salon. After all, the best-looking shampoo bowls can look dated if they have a cracked or worn out neck support.
Towels - Seasonally
Change out your towels three to four times per year. New towels provide the salon with a fresh, clean look. Buy colors that aren’t too light so stains won’t show as quickly.
Capes - Once a Year
It may be a good idea to invest in capes with snaps and zippers sewn into them—not glued with tape—so they last longer. Generally, replace this item once per year.
Spray Hoses - Once a Year
Hoses are another easy replacement at a low cost. Ensure the salon employees and clients have access to quality tools—stock up at Salon Equipment Guru.
Signage - Every 3 Years
Ensure your signage is consistent everywhere. If the salon name is on the front door, check that there aren’t any cracks or that it isn’t peeling.
Lightbulbs - Every 3 Years
Replace LED bulbs every three years. For others, it may be 6 to 10 months.
Shampoo Bowls - Every 5 Years
Change out shampoo bowls once they start to chip, or crack—generally every five years. Tip: Polish water spots with car wax to maintain a clean shine between replacements.
Salon Mats - Every 5 Years
It’s essential to make sure that mats aren’t deteriorating to the point where they are peeling or causing a tripping hazard. If black granules are falling off while sweeping, the mat is breaking down, and it’s time to find a replacement.
Rollabout - Every 5 Years
Depending on the quality, this item should last at least five years. Keep it tidy and clean as it’s one of the first things a client sees when they’re in the chair.
Chairs - Every 10 Years
Again, this ultimately depends on the quality of the chair. If the chair is maintained once a month and cleaned daily, this product should last at least 10 years. Avoid purchasing a salon chair without a plastic back cover to help avoid stains. For hydraulic chairs, stylists are advised to pump up and down 10 times for maintenance once per month.
It’s easy to get used to our surroundings and lose focus on the items that need to be replaced or maintained within the salon. Create a monthly, or yearly calendar to help keep track of short-term and long-term goals. Check out our top of the line products at Salon Equipment Guru.