Starting a Beauty Salon

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Beauty salons provide a wide range of cosmetic treatments, including facials, semi-permanent make-up application, eyebrow and eyelash extensions and tints, waxing and tanning. Most also offer complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and aromatherapy, and some carry out chemical peels, microdermabrasion and other non-surgical cosmetic intervention procedures. Traditionally, beauty salons provide services mainly for female clients, but are increasingly providing treatments for men, such as back and chest waxing, and a selection of facials and massage options.

Beauty treatments, including non-surgical procedures other than Botox, are not subject to statutory regulation. However, many local authorities place licensing requirements on salon proprietors intending to offer massage or other special treatments, and the NHS recommends that dermal fillers and other injectable cosmetic intervention procedures are only carried out by appropriately trained doctors, dentists or nurses in a clinical environment.

Individual beauty therapists must meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration with the Register of Beauty Professionals, which was launched by Habia (the standard-setting body for the UK's hair and beauty industries) in an attempt to address consumers' concerns about therapists' competence and the safety of treatments.

Salons are typically based on high-street premises, often sharing space with a hairdresser or other hair and beauty business, or are located in health clubs, spas and hotels. The average UK salon has three full-time and two part-time beauticians and around one in five salons employs at least one apprentice.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a beauty salon. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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