Monday, 15 July 2013

Beauty Parlours and Hair Salons

There are more beauty parlours and hair salons in China alone than in the rest of the world combined. At least, that is my impression. Well, if you make allowances for a little exaggeration you will get the picture.

It's not that the Chinese have more hair but what they do, they like to flaunt. Walk down any street in any Chinese city, town or village and you will see salons cheek by jowl - well, almost! And, there are streets where there are more of these establishments than any other. Beauty parlours and hair salons serve a dual purpose. They do cut, trim, shape and colour hair but many also front for less innocent pleasures. More of that later.

Most Chinese have a thick head of hair that neither age nor time can seemingly wither. Old and young, all seem very hirsute - but only at the head level. Cast your eyes a little lower and all signs of hirsuteness begin to wane. Thus, moustaches and beards are a rarity in China. One does see a few people, although rarely, with a not-so-thick moustache but beards seem to grow only on artists' chins and those of beggars and mendicants.

Yet, business thrives within the confines of glass-paned beauty parlours and hair salons. Expert hands scissoring away at long, dark, luxuriously beautiful hair are a sight one can behold any time of the day or night, almost. Around festival times and annual May Day and National Holidays, in particular, business explodes in anticipation of long-awaited vacations and happy reunions. That's when beauticians and barbers work like Edward Scissorhands, their fingers inspired, their hearts on song.

These establishments are often staffed by trained personnel, some with certificates from vocational insitutes specialising in beauty treatment and hair care. Walk into one and you will see stacks of magazines and catalogues from China and abroad, replete with latest pictures of hair styles, beauty treatments and the like.

The salons bleach and clour, cut and shape hair into styles that sometimes look captivatingly beautiful on some faces and atrociously inappropriate on some. It's not entirely their fault when the results are negative for there are clients who want the blonde of Scandinavia or the turquoise of peacocks on their hair.

A hair shampoo followed by a cut, dye, another shampoo and a perm can be had for as little as a hundred kuai or twelve dollars fifty! And, young men and women, in particular, are flocking into these establishments to add a zing to their lives and a thing to their hair.

Beauty salons that provide services other than beatification, nonetheless, have employees who can wield the scissors and lessen the burden on some heads. These parlours look like their more genuine counterparts, except their glass panes are either smaller or tinted or both, giving passersby just about enough occasion to see their wares, nattily dressed young women with shoes up to their calves and hair styled in all shapes, sizes and colours. Walk in, negotiate, do your business in a curtained/ply-walled room at the back and walk out, singing your favourite song.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

How to buy Tanning Beauty Salon Equipment

One of the biggest issues that owners of tanning salons have when they get started in their business is equipment. They are not always sure of which equipment to buy. A good general piece of advice is to tailor purchases to your needs and buy the kind and quality of equipment that you think your clients would want and the services you plan to provide them. If you are a discount salon, you may not be able to spend top dollar, but if your clients want the best, there are deluxe versions available.

What IS beauty salon equipment?

Salon equipment is a general term that is used to refer to the products offered by salons and needed during services. Just like there are standard equipment with hair, nail or other types of salons, tanning salons have standard equipment. Price can vary considerably. If you are a basic salon or are just starting, the standard models might be for you. But if you have a established clientèle willing to pay for it, more money does often indicate better quality.

Is it really "discount" equipment?

Some salespeople use the word discount to get customers in the door when they have standard prices. So being able to trust a shop includes research into how reputable it is and to be familiar with what the standard prices are for each piece. There can be discounts from dealers who buy in bulk or purchase used, you just have to go to the right ones.

Is there really good "Used" equipment

It is not necessary to purchase something new for it to be in good condition. Other types of salons by things like chair units used all the time. All types of salons can see the same benefit. It can depend on the services you offer and what kind of salon you have. But hair salons ranging to tanning salons to those that have a combination can consider used equipment. But it is much the same with the discounters. Make sure they are reputable. Insist on a warranted policy where if something is damaged you can bring it back.

How about "wholesale."

Going through the wholesale dealer can be a great way for a salon owner to save some money. They way the wholesalers are able to slash their prices is that they buy in bulk, passing some of the savings on to you. Sometimes they get a large amount of the equipment and need to liquidate it all. Benefiting from wholesalers will involve finding reputable individuals, through both research and word of mouth through networking with other salon owners who have found good deals.

Is there financing or leasing?

Usually there is to clients who are considered credit-worthy. It wouldn't hurt to ask, especially if you are just getting started. It will help to only have to make monthly payments rather than a big up-front purchase if it isn't working out. In fact for many start-ups it can be an excellent option, so investigate the possibilities.

Have you tried it?

Many of us wouldn't consider buying a car without giving it a test drive. It is much the same with any equipment you buy for your salon. Sit in chairs, lie on tables and do a number of things to scrutinize all the parts to see if they are in working order. But many times things can't be fully tested until they are used by customers, so make sure you have a good warranty policy in the event that when it is fully used it is in good working order. Making contacts within the salon industry, can be advantage because this may be the way you find a reputable source of equipment?

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