Starting your own business is a lot of work, and having a barber shop equipment list makes it easier to calculate your budget and startup costs- as well as make clients happy.
Barber Shop Furniture
First, let’s take a look at the biggest items that barber shops need.
Having the right furniture and displays is crucial when it comes to making a good impression on clients, and it can make all the difference in helping a salon or barbershop layout appear welcoming and organized.
Good quality barber chairs and reception seating are essential parts of your business in the same way that having the right tools on your barber accessories list are.
After all, customer service and professionalism are about more than just cutting hair or trimming a beard- your shop as a whole should be well-equipped.
The following things are a must have:
- Reception desk
- Reception area seating
- Business card holder
- Magazine rack
- Retail displays or racks
- Overhead lighting
- Barber chair (or more than one, depending on the size of your business)
- Sinks and backwash units (with access to cold and warm water)
- Carts, trolleys and movable storage
Pro tip: Some larger barber tools and furniture may also be available for lease, if you don’t want to purchase everything right away. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors about their different options as well as payment plans.
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Barber Shop Electric Equipment
A lot of this equipment is part of the essential barber toolkit. That said, some of the barber shop tools that you invest in (electric or otherwise) will depend on your clientele and the services your barbers offer.
A shop that specializes in delicate work like fades might invest in a specialized T blade hair trimmer, while one whose niche is helping clients care for facial hair or a full beard may prefer to invest in a corded trimmer model with consistent power output, for example.
Start by listing out the necessary tools for each barbering service you provide, then take a look at what your suppliers offer. You can often negotiate the best tools for a good price by comparing between different vendors.
The electric barbershop tools and equipment you’ll most likely need when dealing with a client’s hair and beard are:
- Hair trimmers
- Hair clippers
- Cordless clippers
- Clipper guards (for different lengths of hair)
*Pro tip: Some precision jobs might be better with a corded model, rather than a cordless clipper. I’d recommend always keeping at least one on hand, just in case.
- Blow dryer
- Hair dryer
- Towel warmer (if you offer shaves or face/scalp massages)
- Washing machine
Barber Shop Tools and Supplies
When you start making your barber tools and supply list, it’s a good idea to sit down with your team of barbers and talk things over.
Your barber equipment list can be divided into two categories: an essential barbers shop tool list that staff need to start working now, and barber shop tools and supplies that can be purchased later, as needed.
Be mindful of costs and start by ordering just your essential tool and supply list. Since salon equipment and tools are expensive, costs can add up very quickly, even if your barber shop offers just basic haircut services.
Make sure to get the essential barber shop tools for giving quality hair cuts and other services, but be careful not to overorder at the beginning- you can always expand later.
Some things you’ll need are:
- Thinning shears
- Standard barber shears
- Hair comb
- Straight razor
- Safety razor
- Duster brush
- Spray bottle
- Barber cape
- Barber apron
- Neck duster
- Neck strip
- Hair products
- Shaving products
- Beard care products
- Skin care products
- Disinfectant for combs, tools and equipment
- Disinfectant jar
- A first-aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
*Pro tip: it’s always a good idea to have extra small tools like brushes and combs on hand for barbers to use, because a barbers shop tools need to be sterilized between each client.
Barber Shop Manager’s Equipment
Whether you offer specialty shaves with straight razors, Turkish Barber services, or simply cut hair for the men in your neighborhood, one aspect of barbering stays constant: the manager’s role.
Every business must have a manager to keep an eye on things- even in places where this manager is also a self-employed barber running everything themselves.
Setting staff schedules, helping clients with bookings, organizing marketing and promotions and even ordering items like scissors and shampoo fall to the manager to get done.
Be sure that your shop’s manager has everything they need to help staff and clients- a manager’s essential tools include:
- A laptop or PC
- A phone
- Barbershop management software (this is, hands down, the best tool for helping things to run smoothly and saving staff and clients a lot of time and stress, too)
- A barbershop POS system (another essential barber tool that makes the payment process much easier, saving valuable time)
- A cash register
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Barber Shop Equipment Checklist
We’ve done our best to make things easier by creating a checklist of the equipment needed for barber shop owners. You’ll find everything here from combs and shears for haircut services to shaving supplies, beard care, clippers and neck strips. You can download this barber shop equipment list pdf and add to it or make any changes as needed.
Make sure to let us know if we’ve missed anything.
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