Why It’s Essential to Prioritise Air Management in Your Salon

By Sophie Davenport, Co-Founder and Managing Director at SFE Services

Sophie Davenport is Co-Founder and Managing Director at SFE Services. The Buckinghamshire-based business provides air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, and mechanical ventilation (HVAC). Sophie discusses why a well-fitted HVAC system is integral in enhancing the client experience and supporting staff welfare.

Consumers are prioritising wellness to feel better in body and mind[1], as well as to look good. Clients are looking to elevate their treatments. Beauty businesses have an opportunity to capitalise on this trend by creating an environment that fosters wellbeing. A high-quality HVAC system is just one way to enhance the salon or spa environment. Customers will feel healthier just by walking through the door. Optimal air quality, set at the perfect temperature plays a key role in relaxation and comfort.

Temperature control is vital in spas and salons for several reasons. Firstly, it significantly affects the comfort of both clients and employees. It’s widely acknowledged that thermal comfort impacts mood and productivity. If a space is uncomfortably hot or cold, it can lead to irritability and even illness. An air conditioning system manages climate control, automatically adjusting to maintain a soothing environment without disruption. Salon and spa equipment can significantly alter room temperatures, with hairdryers, for example, raising the temperature considerably. An air conditioning unit will help counterbalance any heat created and assist with a constant room temperature. This will help keep customers comfortable and relaxed throughout their treatment. Modern air conditioning units operate quietly, avoiding disruption to the tranquil atmosphere.

Temperature also plays a crucial role in ensuring a positive client experience when different treatments are happening simultaneously in separate rooms. For instance, a client receiving a full body massage may require a warmer room to avoid feeling cold, whereas a cooler temperature might be more suitable for another client having a facial. Air conditioning systems with isolated temperature controls can accommodate these varied requirements.

Beyond consistent temperature, air quality is equally critical. In the UK, salons and spas must adhere to ventilation standards to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. In relation to products used, these regulations are outlined in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) guide. Beauty salons must keep the workplace well-ventilated to control exposure to potentially hazardous substances. Chemicals such as bleach with peroxide, acetone and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) can cause issues for people exposed to them for long periods. Dust filings from artificial nails can cause wheezing, and chest tightness and exacerbate asthma. Acrylic fumes can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Essential oils can elevate the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere. A mechanical ventilation system will provide improved air quality to ensure a healthy atmosphere for clients and staff. Industry guidance advises salon spaces to have ventilation systems that are capable of providing at least ten air changes per hour in the areas where hazardous substances are used.

The climate in a beauty salon is also fundamental to the efficacy of the products and equipment used. Temperature is a major factor in the development of hair colour, for example. For nails, every degree of temperature, whether lower or higher, will change the viscosity of gel polish. For waxing treatments, if the room is too cold then the wax will dry too quickly. If the client is too warm their skin will be too hot and moist, meaning the wax product will not work as effectively. The treatment room temperature is vital for quality results and therefore happy customers.

Effective air ventilation and climate control are essential, with well-fitted HVAC systems being pivotal to the client’s experience. Salons and spas must be equipped to handle fluctuations in temperature and air quality to enhance well-being and ensure comfort for both clients and staff. This commitment to creating a comfortable environment not only ensures optimal treatment results but also makes your business a place that clients want to return to again and again.