Opening A Nail Salon

Opening A Nail Salon


If you are considering opening a nail salon, the Centre for Beauty Salon Supply is a premier salon distribution business and a great choice. We are passionate about providing nail technicians with the support and education needed to provide professional and safe treatments to clients. We are proud to offer the most reliable and newest products available on the market today.

How do I open a nail salon?

The best way to learn about opening a nail salon is to work at one. You will be able to see how your boss runs her salon. What do you like? What would you change? Create a business plan. Find a good location. The location makes a big difference in the type of patrons that will utilize your services.

Operational areas to consider:

  • Training
  • OSHA standards
  • Insurance and Licenses
  • Document organization
  • Hiring/firing/performance reviews
  • Customer satisfaction policy
  • Invoices/receipts
  • Payment system
  • Payroll/gratuity
  • Marketing

What services should I provide?

You should get to know your area and demographics. What demographic area is the shop located? Is it an affluent area with frequent spa-goers? You can offer packages, vanity treatments, and upsells with all services. On the other hand, maybe your neighborhood is up and coming. You might want to provide a la cart services at modest prices for your customers.

Typical services for nail salons:

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Mani/Pedi combos
  • Gel Polish
  • Gel Nail Removal
  • Gel Nail Repairs
  • Gel Topcoats
  • Acrylic Full Set of Nails
  • Acrylic Nail Fills
  • Acrylic Nail Removal
  • Full Set Gel Nails
  • Gel Nail Fills
  • Silk Nails
  • Children’s Services

To bring in more revenue and customers you can run specials on your services and even offer Gift Cards and Holiday Specials. Knowing your clients and what they want is beneficial to you and your business. Upselling can also increase your bottom line. Convincing your customer to add that little extra can make a big difference.

Should I Sell Items in My Salon?

When you are opening a nail salon, you may want to consider selling items that compliment your treatments. Find a reputable vendor that carries quality products and is available to assist you.  Decide on what types of products you think would sell well. You might even do some research and visit other salons and see what they are selling. What kind of promotions do they have?

Some items you might want to consider selling are:

  • Lotions
  • Special Hand Care Gloves
  • Fill Kits
  • Travel Nail Care Kits
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Nail Polish
  • Sandals (A lot of people forget to wear open-toe shoes or sandals when they get a pedicure. Don't make them wear those terrible foam slippers. Sell them a pair of cute, but inexpensive sandals.)

What Equipment and Supplies Do I Need?

Opening a nail salon will require some essential equipment and supplies. You will need many items:

  • Salon Stations
  • Salon Chairs
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Supply Carts
  • Waiting Area Chairs
  • Acrylic Powder Kit
  • Acetone
  • Nail Polishes
  • Manicure Bowl
  • Pedicure Foot Files
  • Cuticle Clippers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cuticle Pushers
  • Toe Separator
  • Towels
  • Sterilizing equipment for tools

Maintain your equipment, supplies, and your salon. A clean, comfortable waiting area is the first thing a new client sees. 


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