5 Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Salon or Barber Shop

Starting a new business is quite an achievement, but there are many crucial details to get in order long before your first client walks through the door. Perhaps you’re already wondering how to set up a beauty salon, where you should install lighting for a barber shop, and what equipment you need for a hair salon. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We compiled a list of helpful things to consider when planning to ensure your salon or barber shop is thriving. 

1. Lighting

Proper lighting is vital for accuracy, especially for hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, and estheticians. The best salon lighting combines a variety of sources and models to suit its particular purpose. Quality lighting should flatter the complexion, accurately represent color, complement the interior, and be positioned to eliminate shadows. 

When choosing lighting for a barbershop or salon, look for LED bulbs that perform like Halogen bulbs and have a high Color Rendering Index (CRI) — a way to measure how a light source shows the color of objects in a "natural” setting such as daylight or incandescent light. High-quality optics are also vital because they help provide depth, dimension, and a glow to the hair cuts, color, and shaving services you’re producing.


Overhead installations provide mainstream lighting to illuminate the overall space. Still, additional light is typically required for performing specific tasks such as cutting, coloring, shaving, or performing facial, body, or nail services — hence the name “task lighting.” One go-to example would be the station lighting that typically surrounds a stylist or barber’s mirror. 

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are tall lighting fixtures with a weighted base on the floor. They’re multifunctional and can easily be moved around. The Daylight collection, carried by ProStylingTools, has several options, including the Premium Aura Portable Ring LED Floor Lamp with Phone Mount and the multi-operational Magnificent Pro Floor/Table/Task Lamp

Table Lamps

Table lamps are great for detailed-oriented tasks such as painting nails, installing eyelash extensions, and more. The Daylight Tri-Color Lamp projects an evenly diffused, shadow-free spread of light. It’s perfect for tasks requiring attention to detail or color matching. While not technically table lamps, attachable magnifying lamps such as the Daylight iQ ESD Daylight & UV Magnifier Lamp are necessary for an esthetician’s treatment room.

2. Mirrors

Like lighting, mirrors are a foundational element of any salon or barber shop. Along with assisting a stylist or barber, they’re vital for reflecting a client’s image — before and after. Of course, don’t forget that mirrors are also an important design feature contributing to a salon or barber shop’s aesthetic.

3. Salon Floor Mats

Salon and barber professionals are often on their feet for long periods, leading to fatigue and decreased productivity due to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and a sore back, shoulders, and neck. In this case, a floor mat is a real asset. The Smart Step Elite Mat Original Black Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat is the top choice among professionals. It features unmatched comfort and support and a protective clear coat finish. It's stain and haircolor resistant and boasts a comprehensive five-year warranty. 

4. Capes and Aprons

Capes and aprons are a must for stylists, colorists, and barbers. They protect both pro and client from hair, color, and other product spills or mishaps. A functional cape can also help hold tools like shears, combs, clips, etc.

5. Products and Tools

The cornerstone of any salon or barbershop is quality products and tools. Both are integral for providing clients with professional results and home care to match — an investment you can’t afford to overlook. Whether you’re a seasoned pro who works behind the chair or a novice with a knack for home cutting and coiffing, quality hair stylist and barber tools are the keys to your success.

At ProStyling Tools, we understand that choosing the right products and tools for your salon or barber shop can be overwhelming — even if you’re a pro. Where do you start with so many different hair types and formulas to choose from? Not to worry; we’ve got you. For starters, we seek out the best in the business from brands like Babyliss, JRL Professional, Bio Ionic, Wahl Professional, All About Curls, Salvatore Professional, Crack Hair Fix, and Fanola, to name a few. 

Best Selling Products

Check out our list of best-sellers in the areas of: 

Beauty and Barber Tools

Professional tools are the backbone of any thriving beauty or barber business. From clippers, trimmers, shavers, and razors to shears, hairdryers, brushes, and combs, ProStylingTools carries all the tools you need from leading brands in the industry so you can set yourself up for success. 


Black and Gold BaByliss PRO Lithium FX plus Cordless Clipper

Black and Gold Eichim 8th Sense Hair Dryer
Kenchii Professional Bumble Bee 44-tooth 7 inch Thinning Shears
Gold Olivia Garden NanoThermal Barrel Brush Collection
Black Cricket Carbon Static-Free Heat Resistant Cutting Combs

Shampoos and Conditioners

ProStylingTools carries a large selection of shampoos and conditioners to address different hair types and needs. Some examples include clarifying, purifying, moisturizing, volumizing, reparative, curl control, and color-safe. Let’s get into some top brands and products. 


Fanola Fiber Fix Shampoo
Green Linange Shampoo Rich in Shea Butter and Ceramides
Felps Xmix Bamboo Extract Hair Growth Conditioner
Black Sutra Beauty Replenishing Moroccan Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Hair Styling Products 

Whether you’re purchasing styling products for your salon or barbershop, we have everything you need to make any cut, color, or beard shine while maintaining (or encouraging) hair health. 


Salvatore Tanino Therapy Curly Hair Leave in

Salvatore Tanino Therapy Curly Hair Leave in Conditioner

Fanola Styling Tools Thermo Shield Thermal Protective Spray

Fanola Styling Tools Thermo Shield Thermal Protective Spray

Woody's Tuff Volumizing Matte Texture Spray for Men

Woody's Tuff Volumizing Matte Texture Spray for Men

Brown Hunter 1114 Whipped Mousse - Medium Hold With Shine

Hunter 1114 Whipped Mouse - Medium Hold With Shine

Shaving and Beard Care

While there’s no shortage of unisex products, men's care encompasses specialty items that address male skin and hair, including beard care. ProStylingTools vets all the brands we sell to ensure you have access to an array of quality products, such as men’s hair care and grooming necessities.


Bottle Woody's Beard Wash for Men

Woody's Beard Wash for Men

Brown Bottle L3VEL3 Argan Beard Oil

L3VEL3 Argan Beard Oil

StyleCraft Heat Stroke Cordless Beard & Styling Hot Brush

StyleCraft Heat Stroke Cordless Beard & Styling Hot Brush

Clubman Pinaud After Shave Lotion

Clubman Pinaud After Shave Lotion



Stock your shelves with the best skin care products from leading brands that care about the integrity of ingredients and performance. ProStylingTools has a diverse selection of face cleansers, moisturizers, oils, serums, toners, facial exfoliators, and face masks.


Woody's Charcoal Peel-Off Face Mask

Woody's Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Pure Butter with Coconut

Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Pure Butter with Coconut

MBK Lift Anti-Aging Skin Splash

MBK Lift Anti-Aging Skin Splash Serum

GERnetic Demaquillant Dual-Phase Makeup Removing Cleanser

GERnetic Demaquillant Dual-Phase Makeup Removing Cleanser


Hair Removal

Adding hair removal services can help bring extra revenue to your business, especially if you have the right tools of the trade to get the job done. From waxing essentials to shaving products to take barbering to the next level, it’s time to check your supply closet to see what you’re missing. 


Gigi Mini Pro Waxing Kit
Depimiel Pre Waxing Cleansing Lotion
Depimiel Hard Wax Aloe Vera Microwave
Green Gigi Tea Tree Creme Wax

While quality hair care products and color, shears, clippers, and shaving essentials are all vital for the success of any salon or barber, no establishment is complete without the proper furniture and equipment — check out our entire collection. Let ProStylingTools be your go-to resource when opening your salon or barbershop!
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