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The Difference Between a Hair Salon Booth and a Hair Salon Suite

By February 8, 2024Salon Spa Blog
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What is the difference between a hair salon booth and a hair salon suite? For that matter, what is a chair rental?  How does it all fit together in the hair salon industry? We will answer those questions in this insider article about the salon suite rental business.   We are Salon & Spa Galleria, leading the way in the Greater Fort Worth Metro area with twenty-three salon suite rental locations. Call us at 817-917-1416 for more information and to arrange for a tour of our luxury salon suites.

The history of the hair salon booth.

Starting around 1900 in the United States, the modern hair salon had its beginnings, and it consisted of a large, common area where five or six “workstations,” or hair salon chairs, where located. Each salon chair was “manned” by a hair stylist.  In most cases, that stylist was not an employee of the hair salon but rather an independent contractor, renting that salon chair and being paid a commission for the business she generated from that chair rental.

That business model became the norm, and remained the norm, until about fifteen years ago, at which time a new business model hit the hair industry.  This new business model called for talented beauticians/hair stylists to rent a salon chair, a salon booth, or a salon suite, and we will talk more about that in the next section.

Today’s hair salon rental options.

The biggest difference with this new business model is in the pay.  Instead of being paid a commission while working in a hair salon owned by someone else, it was now possible for a talented hair professional to operate their own business from a rented location i.e. hair booth, hair salon suite.  In this scenario, a rent payment is required, but after that, 100% of the profits belong to the small business owner who is renting the salon suite.

Please note this is not a franchise situation, but rather an affordable opportunity for a person with limited funds to actually own a business.

Offering the opportunity to grow into success.

A salon booth rental, or salon suite rental, is very inexpensive when compared to the rental of a retail location i.e. retail storefront.  Instead of paying thousands in rent you are scaled down and paying hundreds for a smaller space.  Instead of having multiple workstations there is only one.  And instead of having multiple stylists working from one space, you have you, the owner, working from one space.

The beauty of this plan is obvious.  The risks are low. The investment capital need to open a business is very low.  A person has a safe environment from which to grow, learn how to operate a business, and safely expand.  And the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, because salon suite leasing is rapidly gaining in popularity around the country.

A final word about Salon & Spa Galleria.

Salon & Spa Galleria is locally owned and operated. We invite you to pick up the phone and call us.  Arrange for a tour of one of our twenty-three locations. Ask your questions and talk to some of our current clients. Ask them for their opinions.  We are confident you will receive the answers you need and feel quite confident in this new approach to hair salon/beauty salon ownership.