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.
Apr 11, 2022 — 4 min read
Your Essential Salon Equipment Checklist

What’s inside

  • A list of everything for your new salon, all in one place.
  • Considerations to keep in mind as you get set up.

This article is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal, employment, or tax advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

What do you need to run a salon?

After going through the process of nailing your salon business plan, registering your business, acquiring licenses, 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 staff, and your business for success. According to the Square Future of Beauty report, 29% of consumers say they want automated systems to schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments, while 98% of beauty business owners agree that integrated tools will allow staff to focus on more important tasks, like the creative work they’re passionate about.

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

salon checklist

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 staff. Giving employees 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


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 cosmetology license. It can help save money if you are buying your styling needs in bulk.


Point-of-sale (POS) system


Whether it’s a stand for your tableta mounted POS, a small mobile terminal, or a full 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 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.

salon equipment checklist


According to the Square Future of Beauty report, 96% of beauty businesses say they sell retail products, and 26% of consumers bought retail products from their personal care provider. It’s a potential revenue stream for your salon business worth considering as you’re getting started.

Salon front desk, display, lighting, and decor


A large majority of beauty businesses reported that they have struggled to balance safety precautions with providing a relaxing environment. It’s important to consider the look and feel of the spa 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.

“For some reason, it sounds nuts, but having the plants that we have feels so welcoming the moment you walk in,” WTR Cooler Studio owner Ivana Cajina said. “And I know I may be biased, but there’s something about it. Every time someone walks in they go, ‘Whoa.’ Because you don’t expect it. It just feels good.”

Marketing materials


While physical marketing tools aren’t essential items for your salon 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:


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