Your Essential Salon Equipment Checklist

Your Essential Salon Equipment Checklist
Here's everything you'll need for setting up your new salon. We've got you covered with the essential salon equipment and supplies checklist.
by Austin Tedesco Apr 11, 2022 — 3 min read
Your Essential Salon Equipment Checklist

What tools and equipment do you need to run a salon?

After finalising your salon business plan, registering your business, acquiring licences, determining your financing and finding a location, you’re ready to take the next step and build out your space. But where should you start and what are your options?

Having a well-equipped, connected, and easy-to-manage salon is essential to setting up yourself, your team and your business for success. Salon clients are increasingly looking for ways to automate their bookings, rescheduling and cancellations – so you need integrated tools that allow for this, while giving time back to staff who can focus on the creative work they do best.

Here is the Square checklist guide for all of the hardware and tools you should consider to get up and running.

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Download a PDF of the checklist here!

Salon office supplies


It can be easy to forget about these basics when you’re starting out and focused on fine tuning your product, but planning ahead will help your operations run smoothly while avoiding surprise expenses.


You might not need a traditional break room, but consider having a space dedicated to your team. Giving employees and contractors an area to unwind with amenities – even small ones like comfortable chairs and a stocked fridge – is a nice step to attracting and retaining talent.

Salon services, washing stations, furniture and chairs

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This equipment will make up a large portion of your startup costs. One tip: Most salon equipment and furniture can be bought at wholesale prices with your professional licence. It can help save money if you are buying your styling needs in bulk.


Point-of-sale (POS) system

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Whether it’s a stand for your tablet, a mobile payments terminal, or a full POS register, your point-of-sale system is so much more than a tool for the essential task of processing payments. The best POS nails the basics while taking appointments, streamlining administrative tasks and tracking everything from sales reporting to customer engagement to inventory management. Here’s how to get started choosing the one for you.

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Salon front desk, display, lighting and decor

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Many hair and beauty businesses struggle to balance necessary safety precautions with providing a relaxing environment. It’s important to consider the look and feel of the spa or salon you plan to create from the start to help avoid additional costs after opening.


Have the budget to amplify your space a bit more? Small things can make a huge difference in retaining customers.

Extra styling touches and interior flair can make your salon a memorable escape from your clients’ daily lives. Work with your brand colours and overall look and feel to create an impressive space. The recent trend for indoor plant installations might be one option to explore, but the style options are limited only by your budget and imagination.

Salon and spa marketing materials

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While physical marketing tools aren’t essential items for your retail business, you should consider whether they’re useful for the business you’re starting and if they fit inside your budget. While digital marketing can be highly effective, a new salon can get a boost from these items.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

Austin Tedesco
Austin Tedesco is an editor at Square covering all things management — from the technical aspects of payroll and taxes to the soft skills that lead to strong teams for any business.


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