March 26, 2023

Salon Pricing Guide: How to Effectively Price Services for your Salon

Salon Pricing Guide: How to Effectively Price Services for your Salon

It's no secret that salon prices vary drastically. But what is the right price for your salon services? How do you know if you're charging too much or too little? If you price your services too high, you run the risk of missing out on customers and sending them to your competitors. But price them too low, and you risk cutting into your profit margins while also appearing to offer an inferior service.

In this salon pricing guide, we will discuss how to effectively price your services so that you can maximise profits and attract more customers. We'll also cover some common pricing mistakes to avoid so you can achieve the sweet spot in salon pricing.

How much do salon services typically cost?

Salon services vary wildly in price. A high-end manicure could set you back hundreds, while a simple express manicure in a small town might only cost around £12. In terms of salon services, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how much you should charge. Instead, you'll need to consider the unique factors at play in your salon business.

Some things you'll want to take into account include:

- The overhead costs associated with running your salon

The money you make from your services needs to be able to cover your expenses and leave you with something at the end. This is the basic principle of running a business. You also need to account for fluctuations in your overheads. 

For example, the energy crisis has caused energy bills to increase. While business owners may be able to shoulder these costs for a short time, they may eventually have to pass these costs on to their customers through higher prices.

The price point of your competitors

- The price point of your competitors

If all the salons in your area are charging £100 for a basic manicure, it will be difficult to charge anything more than that and still remain competitive. However, if you are offering distinctly superior service, then you need to be able to sell this benefit. Marketing and education will be key to letting your customers know why they can expect to pay more. You can also charge more if you offer a more luxurious environment than your competitors.

- The quality of your salon services

Are you offering high-end services with top-of-the-line products? Or are you more budget-friendly? Your pricing should reflect the quality of service and the type of products you use. Customers are accustomed to paying more for superior products, and they are often clued up on the latest trends in salon services.

The type of salon services you offer

- The type of salon services you offer

Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, etc. - all of these salon services come with different price tags. When pricing your services, you'll need to consider what type of salon service you're offering. In many cases, some services will be priced at a loss, but this will be balanced by other services offering a much higher profit margin.

- The location of your salon

If your salon is located in a high-rent district or a city with a high cost of living, you'll need to charge more for your salon services to cover these costs. Customers in expensive areas expect to pay less for salon services, so you also need to meet their expectations. In a less expensive area, you can assume that individuals will have lower disposable income. Your treatments should reflect the local economy, but your overheads will be much lower, so you can afford to do this.

These are just some of the factors you should take into account when determining how much to charge for your salon services. In the next section, we will discuss how to find the right price point for your salon business.

Pricing individual salon services

Pricing individual salon services

While researching services, you should have a good idea of how much it costs you to provide each salon service. This will give you a baseline from which to price your services. Once you have this information, you can start to think about what price point would be most profitable for your salon business.

You'll need to consider the following:

- How much profit do you want to make on each salon service?

Some salon services are more profitable than others. Some salon treatments are considered to be more profitable, either because you can charge more to do them, or because the cost of equipment and consumables is so low in comparison to the treatment cost. Niche services will often be the most profitable.

- What salon services are most popular?

You'll need to consider what salon services are most popular in your area. If you're located in a city, you may find that manicures and pedicures are the most popular salon services. In rural areas, facials and massages may be more popular.

What salon services do you want to promote?

- What salon services do you want to promote?

You'll also need to think about which salon services you want to promote. Some salon treatments are less popular than others, but they can still be profitable if you offer them at a discounted price or package them together with other treatments. This is a great way to introduce new salon treatments to your customers.

- How much do you need to charge to cover your costs?

This is an important consideration when pricing. You need to not only think about the cost of equipment but the cost of finding or training staff to carry out the treatment. Also think about unexpected costs such as increased electricity prices for tanning beds, for example.

- What salon services are you best at?

You'll need to think about which salon treatments you're best at. If you're great at doing manicures, then you can charge a premium for this service. On the other hand, if you're not so confident in your ability to do facials, then you may want to charge less for this service.

What salon services can you provide that no one else does?

- What salon services can you provide that no one else does?

If you've tapped into a niche market, you can expect to be able to charge a premium. Not sure if this is the case? Research your competition to see what salon treatments they offer and at what price.

- How much are your competitors charging for similar salon services?

Remember, you don't have to charge the same price for every salon service. In fact, it's often more profitable to have a range of prices for different salon services. This allows you to appeal to a wider range of customers and cater to their individual needs.

Once you have answered these questions, you should have a good idea of what price point you need to be at for each salon service. Remember, it's important to find a balance between being too high and too low. If you're too high, you may not get any customers. If you're too low, you may not make enough profit.

Use a pricing strategy that works for your salon business

Use a pricing strategy that works for your salon business

There are many different ways to price salon services. The most important thing is to find a pricing strategy that works for your salon business. Some common pricing strategies include:

- Charging by the hour

This is a common pricing strategy for salon services. You'll need to consider how long each salon service takes and charge accordingly. You'll also need to make this clear to customers when they book. You'll need to give an indication of how long treatment might take so that they can decide if it is right for them.

- Charging by the treatment

This is another common pricing strategy for salon services. You'll need to consider the cost of equipment and consumables – as well as your time – when setting a price for each salon service.

Offering discounts and promotions

- Offering discounts and promotions

You can attract more customers by offering discounts and promotions on salon services. This is a great way to boost business during slow periods. If you plan to offer discounts, make sure you factor this into your overall pricing. 

You don't want to make your treatments so expensive that you have to keep offering promotions to encourage customers through the door. This could devalue your services and make customers feel like they are getting a reduced service.

- Packaging salon services together

You can make more profit by packaging salon services together. This is a great way to upsell customers and encourage them to try new treatments. 

It's also a great way to increase the profitability of some treatments that will typically lead to a loss. For example, you may want to package a haircut with a colour treatment. This way, you can make more profit from the colour treatment by bundling it with another salon service.

Packaging also works well for seasonal promotions. For example, you might offer a summer promotion with a spray tan and manicure, or you could offer a winter treatment with makeup and hair updo for the Christmas party season.

Which treatments are the most profitable?

Which treatments are the most profitable?

When determining how profitable a treatment is, you should consider the following factors:

  • The time it takes to perform the treatment
  • The cost of equipment and consumables
  • Your salon's overheads, such as electricity or the space needed to carry out the treatment
  • The price you charge for the treatment
  • The cost to train or hire staff
  • Demand for the treatment

Some treatments are more profitable than others. For example, a 15-minute express manicure is going to be more profitable than a 60-minute luxury pedicure. This is because the express manicure requires less time and fewer resources. 

You can also charge a higher price for an express manicure as it is a quick and convenient treatment that delivers results. On the other hand, a luxury pedicure requires more time and resources – such as massage oils and lotions – so it will be less profitable. However, you can charge much more for a luxury pedicure, or you could bundle it together with other treatments.

When choosing treatments for your salon, the following are considered to be the most profitable in 2022:

  1. Micro ring hair extension application
  2. Bridal hair and updos
  3. Tape hair extensions
  4. Russian volume lashes
  5. Reiki treatments

These treatments are all high-value, niche offerings that do not require a lot of additional equipment, space or consumables. However, they are also very skilled treatments, and you may often be judged on your artistry, so these aren't suitable for everyone.

The most profitable treatments that can be carried out by anyone with basic training include:

  1. Lash and brow tinting
  2. Waxing
  3. Manicures
  4. Pedicures
  5. Facials

These treatments are all quick and easy to perform, but they still deliver great results. They also require minimal equipment, so they're perfect for small salons with limited space. You can also offer these treatments at a lower price point, making them more affordable for customers. 

This means you're more likely to attract new customers who may not have considered your salon before. And finally, you can also offer them remotely, which means you can keep overheads low.

When should you offer a discount?

When should you offer a discount?

There are a few times when you may want to offer a discount on salon services. For example, you may want to offer a loyalty discount to regular customers. This is a great way to show your appreciation for their business and encourage them to keep coming back. You could also offer a discount if a customer refers a friend, or if they book multiple treatments at once.

Discounts are a great way to attract new customers and keep existing ones happy. However, you should be careful not to devalue your services by offering too many discounts. You should also make sure that your discounting strategy is aligned with your salon's branding and pricing strategy.

Should mobile services be cheaper?

Should mobile services be cheaper?

A mobile salon service is one that travels to the customer instead of the customer travelling to a salon. This is a great way to keep your costs down when you are starting out as a sole trader. Some mobile salons choose to pass these savings on to the customer through lower prices, but there is the argument for charging the same amount regardless.

Some would argue that a salon coming to your home is more convenient and time-saving for the customer, so they should ideally pay the same, or a premium price for this service. Remember that you’ll need to factor in your travel time to the treatment cost and you’ll be able to carry out fewer treatments in total during the day.

Charging the same or more for mobile services is ideal if you have affluent clientele, as they know they are paying for the convenience of not having to travel to you. If you are serving less affluent customers, there is a chance they will expect a cheaper service. This is because they associate a mobile salon service with lower costs and they will expect to have these savings passed on to them.

When should you think about raising your prices?

When should you think about raising your prices?

There are a few times when you may want to consider raising your salon prices. For example, if you're introducing new treatments or services that require additional training or equipment, you may need to raise your prices to cover the cost of these investments. You may also want to raise your prices if you're moving to a new salon location, or if you're increasing your salon's overheads.

You should also keep an eye on the market and make sure your salon's prices are in line with the competition. If you find that you're consistently busy and have a long waiting list for appointments, it may be time to raise your prices. This will help you maximise profits and ensure that your business is sustainable in the long term.

How to raise your prices without losing customers

How to raise your prices without losing customers

If you need to raise your salon prices, there are a few things you can do to minimise the impact on your business. For example, you could give existing customers advance notice of the price increase and offer them a loyalty discount. You could also introduce a tiered pricing system, where different treatments are priced differently depending on their complexity.

Finally, make sure that you communicate any price increases clearly and concisely to your customers. They should understand why you're raising prices and how it will benefit them in the long run.

By following these tips, you'll be able to effectively price your salon services for maximum profitability. Remember, however, that salon pricing is just one part of running a successful business – so make sure you pay close attention to how much you are charging.

What to do if you are undercut

What to do if you are undercut

Keeping a close eye on competitors will help you to avoid being undercut by your competitors. However, don't feel you should cut your prices if your competitors do. This could lead to a race to the bottom, where everyone is struggling to make a profit.

Instead, focus on providing the best possible service and value for money for your customers. This will help you to attract new customers and retain existing ones, even if your prices are slightly higher than your competitors. 

You should also make sure your customers know why you are more expensive than your competitors. If you know they are making a loss on their treatments, their tactics won't be sustainable. However, if they are cutting corners, make it clear to your customers that you are offering superior service, so the price is not directly comparable.

You can achieve this through educational marketing campaigns. Using video content and social media marketing, explain to your customers why your treatments are priced the way they are and why you are different to your competitors. This will help them to decide if they are more motivated by quality or price.

Should pricing be seasonal?

Should pricing be seasonal?

Pricing salon treatments seasonally can be a great way to boost profits and encourage customers to book appointments in advance. For example, you could offer a discount on winter treatments, or charge a premium for summer treatments.

You should also consider running promotions throughout the year to encourage customer loyalty. For example, you could offer a loyalty card where customers get one free treatment for every ten they book. This will help you to build long-term relationships with your customers and keep them coming back, even when prices are higher.

How often should you review your pricing?

How often should you review your pricing?

There are a few triggers that you should look for to remind you when it’s time to raise your prices. If you are consistently booked up and working overtime to keep up with demand, you know that it’s time to review how much you are charging. While raising your prices might lead to a drop off in bookings, this should be covered by the customers that stick around and choose to pay the higher rates.

You should also review your prices annually to make sure you are competitive in your local area. If other salons are raising their prices, you might notice an uptick in demand. Rather than raise your rates straight away, enjoy the brief hike in demand and then raise your prices in line with the other salons in the area.

You can also carry out an annual review to make sure you are charging the right prices for your services. If certain services simply aren’t selling, ask questions about why this might be the case:

  • Are you charging too much?
  • Are you charging too little?
  • Is there sufficient demand?
  • Do your customers know about the treatment?
  • Does your website and marketing explain the treatment?

Closing thoughts

There is so much to think about when it comes to pricing your salon services. By keeping a close eye on the salon market in your area, you’ll be in the best position to make sure your services are competitively priced. 

Once you have established the pricing structure that works for you, make sure you carry out regular reviews to ensure your salon remains as profitable as possible. This could mean annual reviews, or price reviews in response to your closest competitors. You should also consider raising your prices when you are consistently booked up.

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