The information you submit via our enquiry form is shared only with the franchise business(es) that you have selected.

The franchise business will contact you by means of email and/ or telephone only to the email address and phone number you have provided.

By submitting the enquiry form you are consenting to send your personal information to the selected franchise business.

You also agree to receive further newsletter email marketing from What Franchise.

Close

Need to know: starting a beauty salon

Need to know: starting a beauty salon

Britain wants to be beautiful – at least that's what the statistics suggest

According to market research by British Beauty Council, £27.2bn was the total value of UK consumption of beauty products and services in 2018.

Although the hairdressing and beauty treatment industry’s revenue has grown much over the past five years, forced closures at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a recent decline in revenue. However, with the opening back up of these services, an IBISWorld report predicts an increase in industry revenue in the next five years thanks to anticipated growth in real household disposable income.

So if you’re thinking of entering the market, opening a beauty salon could certainly be an attractive business proposition. But there are a number of key choices you need to make – such as the range of services you intend to offer.

Options include: hair removal, such as waxing, threading, laser treatment and electrolysis; manicures and pedicures; massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, Indian head massage and shiatsu; tanning, such as spray tanning and UV tanning; eyebrow treatment, such as shaping, tinting and bleaching; eyelash treatment, such as extensions, perming and tinting; hydrotherapy; exfoliation; facial treatments, such as deep cleansing, hydrating and anti-ageing; piercing; and body treatments, such as mud and clay wraps.

You could offer a variety of services or specialise in one or two specific areas. Your decision will depend on the skills you have available, your overall business strategy and the demand for the services in question.

Choosing the right location is essential. To build a successful beauty business you need a loyal customer base, and there will be more of a demand in some areas than others. So it’s important to assess the local demographic and carry out some level of market research. This will also help to give you an understanding of the specific services you should provide. You also need to check out the competition and find out who’s offering what and how much they charge. You’ll get an idea of how to price your services and you might even spot a gap in the market.

If you need to take on staff to provide certain skills and expertise beyond your own capabilities, make sure they’re properly qualified and ask for references. If you’re taking on less experienced employees, make sure they get the necessary training. Bear in mind you’ll need employer’s liability insurance as a legal requirement.

You might need to register your salon with your local authority. If you’re offering piercing and electrolysis, you’ll need to register with environmental health. Treatments using intense pulsed light systems or lasers might require registration with the Care Quality Commission. Other treatments might require a licence so make sure you do the necessary research.

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 prevents the use of sunbeds on commercial business premises by children and young people under the age of 18, so you need effective systems in place to prevent your business violating the law. Display clear notices and have written procedures for staff to check the age of customers and deal with clients who may be under 18.

Make sure you comply with all health and safety requirements. You should also protect your business with public liability insurance in case anything goes wrong – it will cover you if a member of the public suffers a loss or injury as a result of your business.

Exciting Franchise Opportunities

Ableworld logo

Start your own Ableworld franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

N/A

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Ableworld logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Ableworld for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Snap Fitness logo

Start your own Snap Fitness franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

N/A

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Snap Fitness logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Snap Fitness for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) logo

Start your own Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

N/A

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
Jackson Fire & Security logo

Start your own Jackson Fire & Security franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

Circa £250,000

Request Free Information
Find Out More
Jackson Fire & Security logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to Jackson Fire & Security for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
InHabit logo

Start your own InHabit franchise

Profit Chart
Funding Support Available ? Help is available. Check out our franchising funds guide.

Yes

Find Out More
Expected Revenue After 2 Years

Profit of £50,000 and increasing...

Request Free Information
Find Out More
InHabit logo

Request Free Information

Send a free enquiry to InHabit for further information!

By sharing your email, you're agreeing to our privacy policy, cookie policy and terms & conditions.
View all opportunities

What Franchise Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the industry news

Thank you, your sign up was successful. Please check your emails for a verification link.