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How to Start a Hair Salon Business in Kenya

Daisy Neema
Daisy Neema SME

Self-employment is a surest way to financial independence. This article will inform you on how to start a salon business in Kenya. If you enjoy making other people look good and have hairdressing skills, it is good business idea. You need to know the different hairstyles in Kenya and have the necessary skills. You also need startup capital. You will need to invest roughly Ksh 100,000 for a medium hair salon.  

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How to Start a Salon Business in Kenya

This is how you can start a hair salon business in Kenya.

Acquire the Necessary Hair Dressing Skills

You might argue that an inborn talent at hairdressing is enough to start a salon, but it's not the case. You will need to undergo training to acquire the necessary hairdressing skills. Customers will come back if you offer them excellent services. Hair and beauty care training costs between Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 15,000 per term. If can't afford the cost of training, you can opt to hire trained employees.

Create a Business Plan

Like every other business, it is best to develop a business plan when starting a hair salon business. The business plan will help you achieve your objectives, satisfy your customers, and make profits. That is not all. A business plan will also help you set priorities, develop accountability, and manage change.

A good hair salon business plan should have the prices of the necessary equipment.  Salon equipment costs should be covered in the business plan. If you want to run a successful hair salon business, you need to purchase high-quality equipment. However, the costs depend on your budget.

Below is a list of the essential salon equipment that you might need to purchase.

1. Adjustable Salon Styling Chairs

You need to ensure your customers are comfortable while you are making their hair. Adjustable salon styling chairs cost around Ksh 2000. If you have a tight budget, you can start with Kenpoly chairs that go for as little as Ksh 650 each. You can start with what you have and expand with time. 

2. Hairdryer and Blow dryer

Almost every successful salon has a hairdryer for drying hair. A new hairdryer cost between Ksh 12,000 and Ksh 30,000. You can opt to buy a second-hand dryer for Ksh 7,000. Some customers prefer the blow dryer whose price ranges between Ksh 2000 to Ksh 15,000. Therefore, make sure you have both.  

3. Hair Styling Station

A hair styling station is a metallic or wooden structure with a mirror, compartments, and salon station drawers. It is best to have a styling station with mirror so that your customers can see how you are making their hair. The average cost of a hair styling station is Ksh 20, 000.  Apart from that, make sure you know different Kenyan hair and have salon station ideas. 

4. Miscellaneous Items

For the salon's efficient running, you will need items like cosmetics, conditioners and shampoos, combs and brushes, towels, hair chemicals, and aprons. The costs depend on the quality of the items. Hairdressing equipment suppliers in Nairobi are mostly high established businesses such as Salon Quip, House of Braids, Salon warehouse, and Prestige Global Link Ltd.

It is essential to include the services you will offer in your business plan.

  • Nails: pedicures, manicures, and polish
  • Skincare: facials, massage, and body waxing.
  • Hair services: conditioning, relaxers, cuts, weaving, curling, and shampooing

Other Requirements for Your Hair Styling Station

Apart from the above mentioned items, you also need to have the following items in your hair salon business. 

  • Hairdressing towels
  • Salon station mirrors 
  • Hairdressing hair dryers

Cost of Starting a Salon in Kenya

The cost of starting a salon business in Kenya depends on the size of the business. For a medium salon business, this is the price startup costs breakdown. 

ItemCost (Ksh)
Hairstyling chairs 25,000
Hairstyling tools 30,000
Water heaters5,000
Towels and aprons 3,000
Shampoo bowls 10,000
Miscellaneous 5,000
Permits and licenses 15,000

Choose a strategic location for the Salon Business 

Choosing a strategic location plays a vital role in the success of your business. The amount of capital also dictates the area you decide to set up your business. It is advisable to choose a location that has impressive traffic. You can decide to set your business in a building, mall, or close to higher learning institutions. Remember to include rental costs in your business plan.

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Obtain a Hair Salon Business License

Kenyan business legal laws require that businesses obtain licenses for the smooth running of activities. The licenses include;

Trade License

Local county governments provide trading licenses to business owners. However, county governments have different trading license costs depending on business location and the size. Prices range between Ksh 3000 to Ksh 15,000.

  • Fire Safety Certificate

It is best to acquire a fire safety certificate from your local county government offices. With the many activities that require heat use in salons, it is good to have equipment that will deal with fire mishaps.

  • Health Certificate

Clients love to receive services in a healthy environment and by healthy service providers. It is, therefore, vital to get a health certificate. Both private and government hospitals provide health certificates between Ksh 400 to Ksh 1000.

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Running a successful hair salon business depends on your passion, commitment, and the ability to plan well. Salon businesses are among the most competitive businesses in Kenya. To maximize on profits, you need to go the extra mile to make your hair salon business stand out.

You can decide to offer services from your customers' homes and keep up with current trends in the salon business. Build a good relationship with your customers, and you are sure to run a successful business.

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