The styling station is the heart of the salon experience and the space where your clients will spend the most of their time. Getting it right is the most important part of making a salon appealing for your clients and easy on your stylists.
While you don’t have to have the most expensive salon equipment in order to have an amazing styling station, there are some styling station must-haves that you can’t do without. These tools and products are a huge part of what’s going to make a positive impression on your clients.
Whether you’ve got a brand new salon or have owned your own for years, you’ll find that this list of eight styling station must-haves will help you to narrow your focus and see your styling equipment in a whole new way.
This really can’t be overstated – storage is a huge part of what makes a styling station work. There are such a wide variety of products and tools that stylists use to get those amazing achievements in styling and in order to get the right hair stylists have to be able to access the equipment and products easily. Having a client wait while a stylists searches for tools can be frustrating, not to mention unprofessional.
The key to storage at a styling station is the balance of form and function. Styling stations, like salons in general, are about appearance. You want to have storage at your station that’s not only functional, but beautiful as well.
They keys to a quality styling chair are comfort, flexibility and durability. The styling chair represents the biggest investment that you’ll make in your styling station, so do your research and make sure you choose the best chair to suit your needs.
The mirror is where your clients will see themselves, where they’ll get a first glimpse of the finished handiwork of their stylist. Think about the impression that the mirrors at your styling stations will make when that chair turns around and reveals what all the hard work has been for. The mirror is a dominant feature in your styling station, so choose one with care.
Shampoo Bowl and Sink
One of the most gratifying experiences for clients is having their hair washed. There’s nothing quite so pampering as having someone massage shampoo through your hair as you lie back and enjoy. Getting a shampoo bowl that works and also allows your clients to be comfortable and feel pampered is an essential part of the styling station and the salon experience as a whole.
Choosing hair dryers for your styling station has everything to do with your clientele. What kind of hair you’re styling will determine whether you need a freestanding or handheld hair dryer. Either way, a high quality hair dryer is an essential part of the styling station. Look for hair dryers with a wide variety of settings that will give your stylists the most choice, in addition to high quality hair dryers that will last you well into the future. There are vast differences in hair dryers, differences that have a real effect on what hair looks like in its finished form. It’s important that salon owners are educated about what’s being used in their styling stations so that they can offer the best to their customers.
This might be un-glamorous, but the floor beneath your styling station matters. Keep in mind that stylists are standing on their feet for hours at a time, something that can be as grueling as the work is fulfilling. Think about the comfort of your stylists and invest in a padded floor mat that will allow stylists to be more comfortable during those long days.
One overlooked but truly helpful styling station must-have is a rolling tray. This piece of salon equipment allows stylists to be much more versatile and to have the autonomy to put that equipment right where they need it. This is especially helpful during coloring procedures. A quality rolling tray will allow stylists to put tools where they need them, which is sometimes away from the counter that is the main part of the styling station.
Salon quality hair products
There’s just no way to talk about styling station must-haves without discussing the hair care products that are part of them. Signature salon quality hair products are a major part of the salon experience for clients and it’s incredibly important for you to make sure that you’ve got the hair care products that will make the difference in how the hair feels and looks at the end of the salon process. Offer clients products that you trust, but also be open to working with new products to see if there’s something even better out there.
Now that you know, take stock of your styling station and see which of these essentials you’ve got already, which you need to add to your styling station, and which ones might be in need of an upgrade. Creating a styling station that is appealing to both clients and to stylists is so important! This is truly the heart of your salon and your customer’s experience.