Every business has its tools of the trades and supplies that are necessary to meet the needs of customers and be successful. It is important not to have gaps in these basics or there will be gaps in service. Running a successful nail salon has its own inventory of needed items. Here are some of the things you will need.
Cleanliness is extremely important in a nail salon. It is easy to spread the fungus from one person’s nails to another if your tools and equipment aren’t clean and sanitary. You will need disinfectants that are EPA compliant as well as a nail salon sterilizer. These are called autoclaves and work by boiling water. They then use the steam to clean and disinfect files, nail scissors, and other salon tools. Having soaps, clean hot and cold water and towels is also important.
You will also need a clean bathroom for customers and employees. Additionally, you need cleaning supplies such as mops, brushes, and sponges to keep the bathrooms and the rest of the salon clean. The environment of a nail salon is not unlike a hospital in its need for cleanliness and sterility.
Tools for Preparation
The first step in doing a customer’s nails is often removing the old polish. For this, you need nail polish remover and lots of it. Most salons buy it by gallon. In order to remove acrylic nails, you have to have acetone.
Files and emery boards are of course the main tools of the salon. You will also need cuticle scissors, nail clippers, and orange sticks. Having finger bowls for soaking and a few hand towels is a nice touch for the customers.
Chairs and Equipment
Naturally, you’ll need comfortable chairs for customers to sit in during manicures and pedicures. You should have one for each manicurist in the shop. Your employees will also need chairs and you’ll want to have some seats in the waiting area.
Counters, mirrors, drawers, and a cash register are all necessary to do business. Other things that may come in handy are blow dryers, foot spas, and lamps. These items can be leased or purchased. Choose whichever of these works best for you.
You won’t get far without nail polish. You want to have a wide variety of colors and stock extra of the most popular. It’s helpful to stay on top of the latest trends so you can keep the colors that are currently in vogue available. Topcoat and base are essential for a quality manicure. You also need a variety of brushes and buffers for applying and shining up the polish. You may also need acrylic nails, glue, and tips for customers that desire them.
The Business Side of Nails
Just as with any business, a well-run salon needs administrative tools. You can use a large book to keep track of appointments or do it on a computer system. You may also need time cards and a clock to keep track of employees’ hours. Tax and application forms are other things you will need. Typical office supplies are also handy. Printers, pens, notepads, and post-it notes can be useful. Make sure you have toner and paper for the printer and stock extra.
A nail salon is a good combination of business and creativity. The artistic component can be very satisfying and a salon with a solid reputation may end up with a large and loyal clientele. Be sure you have everything you need to take care of customers, employees, and the shop itself. Being prepared for any situation will help your business run smoothly.