SELF/STYLED has teamed up with Salon Services to deliver advice for every freelancer. Here, we examine how to have the right kit to hand for every client
To make sure you’re ready for anything, here’s our round-up of the essentials you need in your salon bag. Plus we asked the experts what they never leave home without!
Choosing the right salon bag
First up, you need a kit bag big enough for all your essentials. Your customers might well ask for extra treatments so it’s a good idea to take all the kit you need – and more! All your equipment can be heavy, so think about how much weight you’ll be carrying and if you need a bag with wheels (the answer is probably yes).
If you have a lot of beauty products, this two-tier vanity case is ideal. For hairdressers, this barbering case has elastic straps for organising your tools. Both have secret wheels so no danger of straining your back.
Pay on the go
Make it easier for your customers to pay for their treatments by carrying a contactless card reader in your kit bag. To make it even more flexible, choose one that supports Apple Pay and Android Pay along with all the main debit cards.
If you’re always travelling between customers, choose products that are designed for use on the go. This roller wax kit is ideal for mobile beauty therapists or, for massage treatments in a customer’s home check out this REM portable beauty bed.
Meanwhile, this portable nail station is small enough to fit in your car and makes your manicures and nail art much easier to do.
Business cards and treatment menus
You never know when you might meet potential new customers. So it’s a good idea to always carry your business cards and treatment menus, ready to hand out. Not only does it look professional, but it’s also a great way of marketing your business.
Ask the experts
Take inspiration from the experts and discover what kit they always have in their salon bags.