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post #21 of 32

Where I grew up (Maine) every hair salon I went to was in someone's home.  It's not as common where I am now, but there are some.  I never heard of people objecting to it.

post #22 of 32

My mom is a stylist and I am now too.  She had a salon in our walkout basement when I was growing up.  It worked well for her as a single mom.  There are a few downfalls. 1-people will show up at your door wanting a haircut even outside of business hours. 2-you have people parking in your driveway, infront of your house, etc. 3-you have to have to be very careful about kids leaving toys in the yard folks could fall over, snow has to be carefully removed 4-you should carry insurance for a business in your home 5-they will bring their kids with them and if the kids see your kids playing outside and will want to play with them.  this can poise problems with "who's watching the kids".  6-your washer and dryer (unless you have a seperate one for the salon) will be full of other peoples hair from the towels etc. 

 

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head from childhood.

post #23 of 32

I am not reading the thread, just answering the original question.

 

If your neighbors don't mind, you would probably do well. It sounds like you live in a good neighborhood.

 

What you are proposing is actually very common. I have gone to several homes where there is a beauty shop in a basement or elsewhere. My own sister is a beautician and has been doing hair in her own home for around 35 years.

 

As long as you have a distinctly separate space from the family (having its own entrance is really nice), retain a professional demeanor, and children aren't constantly interrupting. The thing that would bother me is not being given the same courtesy, respect, and attention I would receive at an actual "place of business" (for lack of a better phrase) and having to walk through a noisy or messy environment to get to the shop.
 

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Originally Posted by thriftyqueen View Post

I am thinking of opening a hair salon in my home.  I have a separate room with a bathroom, separate entrance, and enough space for a salon station, small waiting area, product shelf, etc.  The salon would be eco-friendly and I would do hair coloring (with a color line that is eco-friendly), cuts, waxing, have a mineral makeup line, etc.

 

My question for all of you is, would you go to a salon that is attached to someone's home?  We live in a very conservative area where people can be sort of funny about stuff and I am a little concerned about building a clientele in a home based salon.  Thoughts?  I would love to do this, but want to make sure it is something that will work since I will have to spend a large chunk of money remodeling and getting the space up to code.

 

Thanks!

post #24 of 32


 

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Originally Posted by thriftyqueen View Post

I am thinking of opening a hair salon in my home.  I have a separate room with a bathroom, separate entrance, and enough space for a salon station, small waiting area, product shelf, etc.  The salon would be eco-friendly and I would do hair coloring (with a color line that is eco-friendly), cuts, waxing, have a mineral makeup line, etc.

 

My question for all of you is, would you go to a salon that is attached to someone's home?  We live in a very conservative area where people can be sort of funny about stuff and I am a little concerned about building a clientele in a home based salon.  Thoughts?  I would love to do this, but want to make sure it is something that will work since I will have to spend a large chunk of money remodeling and getting the space up to code.

 

Thanks!


I would.  It is also very common where I live.  And actually, I am pretty sure most of the people who do it out of their homes aren't "up to code", etc...so maybe it wouldn't be neccesary to spend as much as you think.

post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 

North Dakota law is extremely strict.  If I am not up to code and follow all the procedures, they will take my cosmetology license away.  The code requires a separate entrance, own bathroom, fire door between your home and the salon space, proper ventilation systems, electrical and plumbing done by licensed person, etc.  Suppose it is good that they are strict as it will be a proper space, but it does get expensive.  Will probably end up spending about $8,000 (including product and supplies) to get it ready. 

 

I think in our town of 45,000, there is only one other salon that is home based.  Unfortunately, I think many people have an idea in their heads that home salons are for old ladies getting tight perms and shampoo sets.  Guess I would have to change people's mindsets. 

 

I would like to incorporate other natural health types of things to the salon business, but I am not exactly sure what.  Maybe natural cleaning products, bath and body products, etc.

post #26 of 32

The home salon I go to has  been set up in a separate part of the house and gets inspected. she keeps her certificates on the wall and from the inside it is just a small salon. One station-another chair at the sink-a separate nail area and a bench to wait on. It is bright,clean and professional--and she is really good :)

post #27 of 32

I wouldn't mind as long as the stylist is reputable and the home salon is clean.

post #28 of 32

I am sooooooo anal about my hair, but if you did a good cut, I would be your customer for life! I used to go to a beauty therapist who was set up in her home. It was really nice. Had a more cozy atmosphere!

post #29 of 32

Yes, I would go provided I liked the work.

post #30 of 32

Yes I would.  However, I went to one woman whose mother brought her 4 year old dd home in the middle of my service.  Her little girl was quite a distraction, which stressed her Mom & made my experience less calming than I wanted.  Mostly b/c I have my own little ones & get away so rarely that that was my down time, I didn't want to spend it listening to someone discipline their dd. 

post #31 of 32

I probably wouldn't unless it was someone I knew or referred to but it's not common where I am.

post #32 of 32

In high school, I used to go to my friend's mother's salon, which was in their house.  Now I go to a wonderful lady who was recommended by friends who works out of her basement.  Both ladies had their own salons before moving their businesses into their houses and both were the best stylist's I've ever had.  I found both stylists' prices to be lower, too I guess from not having as much rent expenses as other salons.

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