Basic Salon Equipment Required to Get Stared

basic salon tools

Starting a salon is not easy. There are many things that need to be considered. Some of them include location, capital, employees, and most important of all, salon equipment. You can get everything else in order, but if there is no basic salon equipment you won’t be able to operate effectively. Therefore, it is important for you to invest your time and money in acquiring the right salon equipment.

Scissors and Hair Clippers

It all starts with the basics. Every hair salon must have at least one pair of scissors, different types of hair clippers, and hair clipper blades. There are many types to choose from. If you are not an accomplished hairstylist, you should inquire from the hairstylist the types of scissors and clippers that are needed.


It is impossible to cut or style someone’s hair while they are standing or seated on the floor. It is important to get the right kind of furniture for your salon. You’ll want hair styling chairs or barber chairs. When getting the furniture, choose the types that are most comfortable, durable, and easy to use.

Hair Styling Station

A hair styling station is another important piece of furniture. It should have a mirror, tool compartment, storage drawers, tool holders, and an electrical outlet. With the best hair styling station, you will be able to operate effectively and quickly.

blow dryer and round brush

Cart and Trolleys

It is also important to include some carts or trolleys in your budget. They enable easy storage of the hair dressing equipment. Moreover, they facilitate the movement of hairdressing equipment.

Hair Styling Tools

The salon should be equipped with the latest styling tools. This will make it easy for you or your hairstylists to serve clients, regardless of their demands. Some of the common tools that should be bought include:

  • Blow dryers
  • Multi-styling kits
  • Diffusers
  • Curlers

Hair Brushes and Combs

Hair brushes and combs are some of the essential equipment that should be purchased. You should purchase a variety of types. Some of these include:

  • Round brush
  • Square brush
  • Tail-end comb
  • Wide-toothed comb

Other Basic Salon Equipment

Other supplies that should be purchased include shampoo bowls, mixing bowls, aprons, paper towels, and hand held mirrors among many others. With the correct equipment, the salon will run smoothly and the clients will be satisfied with the services they are provided with. It is important for potential saloon owners to purchase all the basic salon equipment first, before handling any other issues pertaining to starting a salon.

The road to opening a beauty salon starts in a beauty school. Choose a beauty school carefully. Consider the courses being offered, cost, job placement and whether the beauty school is accredited or not. In addition to that, you should choose a school that offers business training in addition to the other courses. That way, you can learn basic business skills required to open and run a beauty salon.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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Eli Richardson
Eli Richardson
3 years ago

It’s awesome that you talked about what you’d need to open a hair salon. Recently, one of my aunts mentioned she’s interested in pursuing a beautician career. My aunt’s always wanted to have her own business, so I think this article would be of great interest to her. Thanks for the information on salon equipment and its applications.