How to choose lighting for your hair salon

Did you know that lighting plays a crucial role in all hair salons?

Firstly, it is important for the hairdresser to have good task lighting to accurately see the client’s hair and skin tone, ensuring the best service, guidance, and treatment.

Additionally, the right lighting can help create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for the customers, providing a positive experience of the salon.

Would you like to ensure that the lighting is completely optimal in your salon? Then read along here. We have gathered a lot of good advice in this blog post that will guide you on the right path.

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Mette Bergholdt
Mette is Key Account Manager for Projects at Antidark. She is an expert in lighting projects and has a solid understanding of how to create optimal lighting solutions for all kinds of spaces - commercial and residential.
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How to achieve good lighting in the hair salon

When choosing lighting for the hair salon, there are several factors to consider. This includes color rendering and color temperatures from different fixtures, which lamps to use for general lighting, how direct and diffused light can be utilized in the interior – and now that you’re already making changes to the lighting, what can be done to reduce the electricity bill?

Read on, where we guide you on how to achieve the perfect lighting in your salon.

1. Ensure accurate color rendering

Good task lighting is essential for hairdressers to see the details of their clients’ hair and skin and provide the best service and advice. It is therefore important to have good lighting to accurately perceive colors, allowing the hairdresser to guide the client on hair color choices, among other things.

Every hairdresser wants to avoid a situation where the client’s new hair color looks different as soon as they step outside into natural daylight. Unfortunately, this situation can easily occur if there is poor color rendering from the salon’s lighting, leading to a misleading perception of hair color during the treatment process.

To ensure proper color rendering, the CRI (Color Rendering Index) value of the lighting should be considered. The CRI indicates how accurately colors are rendered, or how well a light source reproduces colors compared to natural daylight. Ideally, the CRI should be above 90 for good color rendering.

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2. The right color temperature

In addition, you should also consider using fixtures and bulbs with the right color temperature for the specific salon. Here, you should look for Kelvin. You should consider using a warmer color temperature, which will complement most interiors and be flattering to guests’ skin.

If the color temperature becomes too cold, it can resemble daylight and may not be ideal in a hair salon where the lighting should be relaxing and cozy.

3. Good general lighting

Basic lighting, or what we often call general lighting, can include spotlights placed on tracks where spots are hung from the ceiling over the hairdressing chairs.

This also provides good task lighting.

It is important to place the spotlights in a way that they do not glare in the customers’ faces. Additionally, it is essential to avoid shadows as they can be inconvenient for the customer and create poor working conditions for the hairdresser.

The lighting should be positioned correctly for both the hairdresser and the customer, and it can be a good idea to supplement with lamps placed on each side of the mirror.

4. Create atmosphere with direct and indirect lighting

It is also important to have good lighting to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for customers. It should be pleasant to visit the salon, and therefore soft lighting is preferred. This can be achieved through discreet spots or lamps that can be adjusted in intensity and color. It can also be achieved through indirect lighting, which can create a pleasant and calm atmosphere in the salon. By using soft lighting, you also avoid creating very significant shadows.

The ambiance in the salon is important for customers to feel comfortable. They should almost feel at home when sitting in the chair and being pampered. They should have a sense of indulgence, relaxation, and being the center of attention. This applies from the moment they walk through the door.

Therefore, there should be good LED lighting already at the entrances, and modern LED lighting can help highlight the beautiful interior, where a more direct light can be used for wall art, etc.

4. Choose LED lighting over traditional light sources

When designing the lighting for your salon, whether it’s a new salon or you want to replace the lighting in an existing one, there are many advantages to choosing LED lighting. Firstly, you can quickly save thousands on your electricity bill by using LED instead of traditional bulbs, such as halogen bulbs. Since LED lighting is very energy-efficient, it is also more environmentally friendly.

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Get professional assistance from our lighting experts

We hope that our above guide could provide you with some valuable advice on how to design your salon with the perfect lighting, creating a pleasant atmosphere for your customers while ensuring good working light with accurate color rendering and without bothersome shadows.

When it comes to lighting design, high-quality lamps and proper guidance are crucial. If you need assistance with your lighting setup, our experienced lighting consultants are ready to help you create the ideal atmosphere in your salon.