What to look for when renting a chair in a hair salon

By Anita Jaynes on 24 August, 2022

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Renting a chair is extremely popular within the hair industry. This is unsurprising as it can be beneficial for both you as a hairdresser, and the salon you choose to work from. However, it can be difficult to know what to look for, especially if you are just starting out. Here are some of the best things to consider:


The cost of renting a chair is typically done one of two ways; a fixed monthly cost or a percentage of business fee. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these, so be sure to consider what will work best for you and how you operate. If you are experienced, and already have a stream of regular clients then a fixed monthly cost might work best for you as it allows you to know the cost each month in advance. Whereas, if you are newer to hairdressing and don’t tend to fill all your available slots yet then a percentage fee might work better as you are only paying for work you have done.

When looking at different options, be sure to enquire about their cost structure and costing policy. Look for a salon that has robust terms outlined in its contract to protect yourself. Don’t forget to account for additional costs when looking at salons, as someone self-employed you will need to obtain your own insurance and training. 

Equipment etiquette 

Every salon varies and will have its own approach to etiquette and rules when using equipment. It is important that these match up to your expectations and this will depend entirely on your preferences. If you are new to the industry, you may wish to look for a salon where equipment is provided by the salon and shared amongst all hairdressers working there. However, if you are more experienced and are wanting to use your tools, such as your professional hairdressing clippers and straighteners, you might be better opting for a salon where individual hairdressers are responsible for their own tools. This will reduce wear and tear to your kit and lessen the risk of it being misplaced by someone else. 

Opening times

The opening times of a salon can be instrumental in the success of your hairdressing business. Review when your clients typically book appointments and look for a salon that can cater to this. There is no point in moving to a salon that isn’t open in the evenings or on Sundays if that is when your clients like to book. 

Future potential

For some hairdressers, renting a chair is a step on the career ladder that will hopefully lead to one day owning their own salon. If this is your goal, then you need to carefully consider the location of where you rent a chair. It is no use building up a client base somewhere if your ultimate aim is to have your own salon somewhere completely different. Most clients are of course willing to travel for a good hairdresser, but some aren’t able to, and most people will have a limit on how far they are prepared to go. Bare this in mind when deciding where to base yourself for the time being.