The Salon Suite Bubble

The salon suite bubble: When will it burst?

Ever noticed there are a ton of salon suites? We call this the salon suite bubble, find out if this is a sustainable salon industry trend.

The allure of a private space to serve your nerve wracked, Covid paranoid clients is a very real thing. Autonomy, self-reliance and privacy rule in the suites.

Freedom, sweet freedom absolutely RINGS in the hallways of this business model. It’s not hard to find happy salon professionals going about their days in their own space, at their own pace.

Will this business model last?

Salon suites are a sustainable business model that are ever changing. The survival of any suite is up to the owner.

Salon pros will always be drawn to this business model, but are there too many suites?

The desire to be our own bosses and or to own a salon, spa or barbershop is common in our industry. This dream is a highly attainable goal in the suites.

A single or even a double suite is “EASY” to decorate, keep clean, stock full of your favorite products and manage.


Suites provide the best of all of these worlds, often you will find budding owners in suites and former owners who chose to downsize. Suites often are a holding tank for would be owners and former owners.

The only person you need to worry about in a salon suite environment is you…or is it?

Covid has taught us many things, one of which is clients can feel “safer” in a small, enclosed space. Two or four people in a room IS safer than a salon full of breathers, right?

Much like shielding ourselves from crime, accidents and unforeseen happenings, the “safety” aspect in suites is an illusion.


As much as suite owners try to enforce mask wearing, this is proving to be a futile effort. Suite renters are on their own, making their own rules in their own space.

Some go into common areas unmasked as well as go about their daily lives inside of their rooms without adhering to the county mask mandates.

The varied opinions on masks and scattered usage of them is not exclusive to the suites. In traditional salon environments you are forced to be more accountable and requirements are easier to enforce.

The scattered usage of masks and covid prevention protocol has caused many an issue, especially in suites.


Suites are truly a great option for the licensed professional that is good at being self-sufficient. Successful salon suite renters are usually in a place in their careers where they do not need to be fed clientele and can find education and opportunities as needed.

Suites have carved their place in our industry and are here to stay, but how many do we really need? What is the future for the suites once we are past the pandemic?

You choose to live in a bubble when you rent a suite. Like it or not, you are effectively isolating yourself from other creatives, stimulation and socialization are found sporadically and mostly from your screen.

At some point there will be too many…

When does the salon suite bubble burst? 

How will suites be competitive when they are as plentiful as traditional rental salons? Will suites retain licensed professionals that suffer career attrition?

What about salon pros who enter suites too early in their career? 

If you are considering living the salon suite life, think about the following, before you take the plunge.

  • Do you enjoy the stimulation and collaboration with other hair stylists, barbers, nail techs, estheticians and massage therapists?
  • Are you able to gain new clientele on your own?
  • Do you know where to find continuing education and resources to keep yourself informed?
  • Are you prepared to supply everything you need to conduct business?
  • Are you willing to do all of your own laundry and cleaning?
  • Are you claustrophobic?
  • Do you like having someone else in charge of making sure others around you follow rules and protocol?
  • Are you good at managing money?
  • Have you calculated how much it will be to start up in a suite?
  • Have you done your research and calculated costs for rent, insurance, product cost, scheduling and payment software?
  • Can you afford rent if you are sick, have a baby or are prevented to work for any reason?
  • Do you understand taxation and what self-employment tax looks like?
  • Do you know how to obtain and maintain proper licensure?

These are just a few things to think about BEFORE signing a lease. Suites ARE an amazing option for the RIGHT licensed professional.

Working in a traditional salon is a wonderful experience. Working in a commission salon is an incredible journey where you are supported and cared for by owners and management.

Find what is right for YOU!

Everyone is different, we are not all meant to become suite renters or independents. If you are questioning what the right move is for you, we are here to help.

Reach out to have honest conversations HERE. If you are ready to start looking for options, we have a ton of salon work environments for you to choose from.

Browse on your own, or ask the salon matchmaker for assistance.

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