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Start Your Own Hair Salon Business
Open a Beauty Salon or Barber Shop

Imagine owning a fun and financially rewarding business making people look and feel fabulous. Welcome to the hair salon business!

Opening a hair salon lets you own a creative feel-good business in a largely recession-proof industry. No matter how the economy is, people need their hair cut and it's not something most people can do at home!

If you can't cut hair yourself, you can hire hairstylists for your hair salon. If you are currently a hairstylist working for someone else, starting your own hair salon business gives you the freedom of being your own boss.

When you open a hair salon (also known as a beauty salon, barber shop, hairdressing salon, beauty parlor, or beauty shop), you have the luxury of designing the type of hair salon you want, and providing the types of services you want.

You can open a traditional hair salon offering hair care to all types of clients, or you can open a hair salon that caters to a select type of client, such as a men's barber and shave shop or a children's hair salon.

You can open a neighborhood beauty shop or an exclusive upscale salon. You can open a full-service hair salon or specialize in hair care services such as hair cuts, hair coloring, hair straightening, hair extensions, or hair styling for special events such as weddings and proms.

As a hair salon owner and a business professional in a leadership role, you can earn the respect of clients and your community. Your hair salon can be a social hub where you develop long-term friendships with employees and clients.

If opening a hair salon sounds like the career of your dreams, the FabJob Guide to Become a Hair Salon Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can successfully start a hair salon.

The hair salon guide offers insider tips and expert advice from beauty industry insiders including dozens of successful hair salon owners across North America. The experts who share advice in this guide include:

  • Federico Calce, former director of Bergdorf Goodman’s Salon and owner of the prestigious Federico Salon in New York
  • Billy Lowe, owner of the Billy Lowe Salon in Los Angeles, celebrity stylist who has worked with many celebrities and shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 10 Years Younger, and Extreme Makeover
  • Valery Joseph, owner of the prestigious Valery Joseph Salons in Manhattan and East Hampton
  • Jeff Sturgis, Vice President of Franchise Sales for Fantastic Sams Salons
  • Alex Safar, owner and top stylist at Salon Acote, an elegant and well-known French salon with two locations in Boston and one in Miami
  • DaRico Jackson, owner of the Amiri Salon in Beverly Hills, celebrity stylist to Paula Abdul and African American celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Shaquille O'Neal and Raven Simone
  • Johnathan Breitung, co-owner of the Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa in Chicago
  • Ronnie Pryor, owner of Source Spa & Salon, an Aveda Concept Spa and Salon in Wilton Manors, Florida
  • Philip Pelusi, named one of the top haircutters in the country by InStyle magazine, creator of P2 hair products and owner of Tela Design Studio in New York
  • Joanna Meiseles, Founder and CEO of Snip-its children’s hair salon franchise
  • Michael O’Rourke, founder of Carlton Hair Care Salons, with several locations in southern California, founder of Sexy Hair™ products, promoted by the Pussycat Dolls and used by Hollywood stylists on the sets of popular movies and TV shows including Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, and many more
  • Robert Patrizi, owner of the sophisticated Halo [For Men] salon and spas, with several locations in the Chicago metropolitan area
The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to open a hair salon in the United States or Canada, plus helpful advice for opening a hair salon in any country. It includes:

How to Start a Hair Salon Business

  • How to create a business plan for your hair salon (includes a sample hair salon business plan)
  • Deciding what kind of hair salon to open
  • An overview of options for your hair salon business:
    • Buying an established hair salon (including how to find hair salons for sale)
    • Buying a hair salon franchise
    • Opening a new hair salon
  • Choosing a name for your hair salon
  • Where to get start-up financing for your hair salon business (includes sample start-up budgets)
  • Deciding on the best legal structure for your hair salon business (incorporation, partnership, and others)
  • Information about important business matters that can affect your hair salon including insurance and licenses
  • How much space (square footage) you need to open your hair salon
  • What to consider when choosing a location for your hair salon, including information about permits and leases
  • Interior and exterior design of your hair salon
  • Equipment and supplies you need to start a hair salon business (from salon chairs and sinks to shampoos and shears) and where to get them
Managing Your Hair Salon Business
  • How to develop effective systems for running your hair salon business on a daily basis
  • Setting your hair salon's hours of operation
  • Booking appointments
  • What you need to know about staffing your hair salon
    • An overview of hair salon positions from receptionist to manager
    • Hiring hairstylists versus renting chairs
    • Paying your staff (including standard hourly wages and commission splits for a hair salon)
    • How to find great hair salon staff

  • Setting prices for your hair salon's services
  • Accepting payment from your clients
  • Buying and selling hair products
    • How to find suppliers for the products you will use and sell in your hair salon
    • How to buy products at a discount with tips on negotiating the best payment terms
    • Keeping track of your inventory
    • How much to mark up prices on products you sell to your hair salon clients
    • Creating in-store displays to market products
  • Developing promotional materials to market your hair salon business (including a menu of services and website)
  • Ways to attract hair salon clients through advertising and free publicity
  • Dealing with difficult customers including advice on preventing "no shows"
  • How to get repeat business from your hair salon clients
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
  • The best places to find the highest quality hair care products
  • Valuable samples and checklists, including:
    • Sample business plan for a hair salon
    • Sample floor plans for different size hair salons
    • Sample lease agreement
    • Sample start-up budgets for a hair salon
    • Sample interview questions for salon employees
    • Sample list of supplies
    • Sample menu of hair salon services
    • Checklist to evaluate competing hair salons
    • Checklist to evaluate potential locations 
    • Checklist for hair salon operations
    • Checklist of hair salon equipment
  • How to organize your hair salon's grand opening 
  • An overview of opportunities for future growth for your hair salon business including expanding your current salon or opening additional locations
  • And more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about how to open a hair salon. The FabJob Guide to Become a Hair Salon Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some costly mistakes, and give you information you need to open your own hair salon.

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SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  Although this guide has previously only been available as an e-book you can now get a print copy together with a CD-ROM that includes sample forms, budgets, checklists and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

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You can earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus this guide can help you open a hair salon much more quickly and profitably.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to open a hair salon.

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"The FabJob Guide to Become a Hair Salon Owner takes you step-by-step through what you need to know to open and operate your own hair salon. The guide offers insider advice from experts currently working in the beauty industry to help you achieve your own success as a hair salon owner."
Brenna Pearce, Editor

"Whether I am working on a celebrity or a non-celebrity, the gratification comes from seeing the self-esteem magnified when a women gets out of my chair. Sometimes women come to my salon down in the dumps, for whatever reason… but after an uplifting conversation, a glass of wine, an outstanding shampoo with a head massage, and a fabulous new look, their whole outlook changes. I love to see them walk out with their head lifted high, and that extra sway in the hips. When this happens, I know I’ve done my job."
— DaRico Jackson, celebrity stylist and owner of Amiri Salon, Beverly Hills, CA

"Being a generalist is not the way to go.  Instead, be known as the one to go to for: perfect cuts, highlights and color, most stylish looks, healthy hair, etc.  Of course you can do all of these things, but concentrate on being the best at one or two of them and the word will get out." 
— Susie Galvez, beauty industry expert and author

DaRico and Susie are two of the experts who gave advice in this FabJob guide.

"This e-book helped me make a final decison "go or no-go" to venture into the hair salon business. It helped me understand the business from zero knowledge and paved the way in setting up my family business. It is a practical real business guide that saved me time in research."
- Mohamed Arshad
New Haven, CT

"I am not a hairdresser myself so I needed a lot of information on this field. I purchased 'become a hair salon owner' and the book is great. I strongly recommend your book!"
- Genna Sakowski
Perth, Australia

What's in a name?

A variety of terms are used to describe businesses that provide hair cutting and hair care services. 

While "hair salon" is the most commonly used term in most of North America, people of different ages, backgrounds, and geographic locations may use other terms.

So when you are advertising your business, keep in mind that the people you want to attract as clients may be looking for a:

  • Barbershop
  • Barber and Shave Shop
  • Beauty Parlor
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Beauty Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Hair Cutter
  • Hair Parlor
  • Hair Parlour
  • Hair Salon
  • Hair Stylist
  • Haircutter
  • Haircutting Salon
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdressers
  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Hairdressing Shop
  • Hairdressing Parlor
  • Hairstylist
  • Salon
  • Shave Shop


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Learn how to open a hair salon, beauty salon, or barber shop business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Hair Salon Owner is a step-by-step guide which will teach you how to open and operate a successful hair salon (also known as a beauty salon, barber shop, beauty shop, beauty parlor, hairdresser, hair parlor, hairdressing salon, or shave shop).