Starting a Nail Salon

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 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

Nail salons provide a range of nail treatments and enhancements including manicures and pedicures, nail extensions and artificial nail maintenance and removal. Some salons also provide one or more additional beauty treatments, such as massage or tanning.

Nail and beauty treatments, including non-surgical procedures other than Botox, are not subject to statutory regulation. However, many local authorities impose licensing requirements on salon proprietors intending to offer massage or other special treatments at the salon. Individual nail technicians who work at the salon must meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration with the Register of Beauty Professionals, which was launched by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) in October 2013 in an attempt to address consumers' concerns about technicians' competence and the safety of treatments.

Salons typically employ several nail technicians, or rent space to freelance technicians, and are often located in high street premises, shopping centres and sometimes in airport departure lounges.

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

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