Starting a Hairdressing Salon

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Hairdressing salons provide a wide range of services such as advice about hair styles, cutting, colouring, perming, blow-drying and styling. Some salons also provide specialist treatments, such as chemical straightening (also known as relaxing), hair extensions, head massage and wig cutting as well as ear piercing. Traditionally, hairdressing salons have served a largely female clientele, but are increasingly providing services for men, including colouring and styling.

Hairdressing services are not subject to statutory regulation. However, some local authorities impose licensing requirements on salon proprietors. Individual hairdressers must also meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration as a State Registered Hairdresser with the Hair Council. The Council was set up under the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964, which applies in England, Wales and Scotland, and provides for the voluntary regulation of the hairdressing profession.

Salons are usually based in high street premises, but some are located in health clubs, spas and hotels.

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

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