Getting the equipment for a spa business can be an overwhelming part of opening your own spa. However, there are ways to simplify the process of acquiring spa tools and equipment. Joining a franchise takes the stress out of determining how to get your business started and where to buy spa equipment. Learn all the components of a spa business, everything you need to get started, and why franchising may be the best route for you.

What is a Spa Business? 

According to the International SPA Association, a spa is a “place devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.” Such services can include facial and full-body massages, skincare, hair care, manicures, pedicures, and waxing hair removal, among other wellness focused services.

At Uni K Wax, we offer 160 different waxing services from head to toe. Catered for both men and women, our waxing franchise helps everyone look and feel their best in an inviting, comfortable, and thoroughly hygienic setting.

What Equipment Do You Need?

Determining the correct equipment for a spa will entirely depend on the services you’re looking to provide. Do you want your spa to specialize in facials, massages, hair removal, or nail care? Once you have a clear idea of the services you want to offer, you can start pulling together a spa equipment list with everything you’ll need.

To give you an idea, here’s a breakdown of the equipment you’ll require depending on the services you choose to offer.

  • Massage services: To offer massage services, you’ll need massage tables, sheets, towels, lotions, and oils to start. You’ll likely also want to include a chair for the masseuse and possibly a cart or storage space to house the lotions, oils, and towels.
  • Facials or skincare services: For facials and skincare, the treatment room will need a table (similar to a massage table), chair for your staff member providing the services, steamer, and face masks, among other tools depending on the type of facials you want to offer.
  • Hair removal services: For waxing services, you’ll need a wax warmer, waxing strips, and waxing spatulas to help spread the product across the skin. You’ll also want to have some aftercare products like lotions or aloe to help soothe the skin.
  • Nail care services: Equipment for a spa offering nail services will need nail polish, gel polish, acrylic nails, and dip powders, but you’ll also need files, exfoliants, polish remover, dryers, and a UV light. Additionally, you’ll need chairs, tubs and tables for clients to sit at and for your employees to work from.

You’ll also need to think about the entire spa space. Regardless of the services you want to offer, there are a few basic components that every spa business should have.

  • Reception desk and chairs: One of the first things clients will see when they enter your spa is the reception area. Be sure to make it tidy and welcoming. This is where clients will check in, make appointments, and pay for services. Furnish this area with a computer, phone, and cash register or credit card reader.
  • Waiting area: You’ll want to provide a comfortable seating area for clients to relax in before their appointment. Take the time to stock this space with magazines, water, coffee, and even some snacks.
  • Storage space: Every business needs a storage space for inventory. This is where you’ll keep linens, towels, and other equipment when not being used.
  • Washer and dryer: Instead of having to send linens and towels out to be cleaned, having your own washer and dryer saves you time and money.

Why Consider a Spa Franchise

Joining an established spa franchise is a great way to start your own spa business. As a franchise owner, you get access to a proven business model and ongoing support and training from their team of industry professionals. When you own a franchise location, you’re part of a nationally recognized brand – meaning you’ll likely have an easier time building clientele. Customers like to spend money with brands they know. Plus, many employees like to work for well-known companies.

Also, many franchisors will help you get the equipment for a spa franchise. Typically, franchise brands develop partnerships with vendors to ensure consistency across all of their locations. This also helps franchise owners know where to buy spa equipment. Often times, these collaborations lead to discounted pricing on supplies, allowing you to get all of your spa tools and equipment for a fair price.

Get Started with Uni K Wax

A waxing franchise allows entrepreneurs to join the beauty/spa industry while providing a highly specific service. Our brand only provides waxing services, but that allows our locations to be the absolute best at their craft. Our studios only use our proprietary wax blend, prepared fresh in the wax lab for every appointment. At Uni K Wax, there is no such thing as double dipping. We emphasize hygiene and cleanliness for our customers. Additionally, our wax is applied at body temperature and our waxers are fully trained on our specialized technique, providing a comfortable experience for our customers.

And like all reputable franchises in the industry, we provide our franchise partners with continuous support, starting from the moment they sign their agreement. We’ll help you check off everything on your spa equipment list so you can properly outfit your studio.

At Uni K Wax, our startup costs range between $349,050 and $575,975, including our $40,000 franchise fee. All interested franchise candidates should have a net worth of $300,000 and $70,000 in liquidity.*

We’re actively expanding our brand across the country. To see what territories are available near you, request more information, and one of our franchise development representatives will be in touch.

*Please refer to our 2022 Franchise Disclosure Document.

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