Types of salon in the beauty industry: The lowdown from Direct Line for Business


There are a number of different types of salon in the UK, so the relevant health and beauty skills and qualifications could help you secure a job in a range of workplace settings.

Would you like to offer soothing therapies in a luxury spa or work in a smaller high street salon? Let’s have a look at the kinds of salon that exist and the opportunities they provide to enterprising professionals.

Types of salon services

The beauty industry has grown so much that it can be hard to keep track of the treatments that are available. ‘Beauty therapists’ who do everything are long gone. Many independent salons specialise in a small range of treatments, from nail art to tanning, while even in the larger spa salons no single staff member is likely to do everything. Some of the most popular services provided in a salon may include:

  • hair-cutting, colouring and styling
  • waxing and other forms of hair removal
  • nail treatments
  • facials and skin care treatments
  • tanning
  • massages
  • complementary care such as aromatherapy

The range of salon services are expanding and changing all the time. So if you like the idea of a fast-paced career, where you’ll have to continually update your skills, then it could be a good fit for you.

However, if you’d rather perform the same tasks from day one to retirement, then it may be worth looking elsewhere.

High street salons

With their eye-catching posters, bold logos and big windows, high street salons are what most of us picture when we think of hair and beauty salons.

According to the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), there are 35,704 hair salons1,512 nail bars and 13,000 beauty salons in the UK, and the high street is where you’ll find most of them.

High street salons tend to offer either hair, beauty or complementary health treatments and some are even more specialised, focusing just on nail art for example. High street salons are where most hairdressers and beauty therapists learn their trade, and many will spend their entire careers working in them.

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