Nowadays, starting a Nail Salon is a great business idea. While the number of Women who care about their appearance is increasing daily. But if you’re planning to charge too much from your first client as a beginner, that might not be a good idea. Normally, customers don’t like to pay too much for a Nail tech who has legal experience in their profession. Therefore, you have to decide your pricing list for a nail salon. So founder activity loves to share our latest research updates with you.

There’s an article about “How to Start a Nail Salon.” To check it out, click here.

Why should you charge?

As a beginner, maybe you’re still learning, your shape isn’t there yet, or you’re still having problems with lifting. But you cannot be a professional without practice. Because of that, your clients may think you shouldn’t charge them because you’re practicing. Well, it ain’t. You have the right charge because you’re spending your products and time on them; they also got something on their nails.

Check out the video below to gain more insight as a beginner to make a pricing list for a nail salon.

Things to consider before Pricing

  • Make a price that is affordable for you to buy new products.

Try to earn your product cost by offering your services. This can be changed depending on the products you’re using on them. You can adjust your pricing list with the products you are using.

  • Quality of your Products

There’s no doubt that you have to change your prices parallel with the quality of your products. High-quality products can always be expensive. So it’s ok to make your pricing list a little bit expensive If you’re a nail tech who uses High-Quality Products.

  • Competitor’s Price

Take a look at your competitors’ prices and try to keep your prices between the lowest and highest prices.

  • Booth Rent or Renting

You have to consider your renting cost when making your price list.

  • Utility Payments

Also figure out how much you have to pay for your utilities.

  • Your set lasts for a long period of time.

This is important because your business’s consistency depends on the number of clients you can make satisfied with your services. If your clients need a set that would last for a long time, your outcome should be according to your customer’s preference. Make sure you use the right products to make it happen the way they want. Exactly, you can charge higher costs for a long-lasting set too.

  • Your Location

I have also mentioned this in one of our articles about nail salons. Think about where’s your nail salon situated. If your salon is situated in a city like New York or Florida. It’s ok to make your prices higher as all other living expenses are higher in there.

Pricing depends on the Services

Pricing list for a nail salon.

There are so many ways that you can categorize your services and add them to a Price list. But charging your clients separately on pieces of stuff you are doing can confuse you and the client. So I suggest you offer them a Set price by adding all of the things together.

Here are some main niches you can charge your clients also you can, customize these niches according to you :

Full Set

  • Short
  • Medium
  • Long
  • X – Long
  • XX – Long


  • Short
  • Medium
  • Long
  • X – Long
  • XX – Long

Blinged out Nails

  • Short
  • Medium
  • Long
  • X – Long
  • XX – Long

Additional Services

  • Soak Off
  • get polish (Nails)
  • Colour Change
  • Toes
  • Nail repairs
Beginner Pricing List For a Nail Salon

When to go up on your prices

You don’t need a special occasion to make your prices higher than it was. But you’re someone who’s afraid to make a move on your old price list. Remember you’re capable of changing your price list in these Events.

  • Once a year
  • Moving to a New Location
  • Due to high taxes or utility payments
  • maybe around the Holidays

How to Earn Extra Money

You can do many things to earn some extra money as you have a Nail Salon on your own. Take a look at doing the Below suggestions if you want to earn some extra money.

You can offer more services like

  • Pedicures
  • Polich toes
  • Manicures
  • Do Eyebrows

You can sell some products, such as

  • High-Quality Nail Files
  • Fungus treatment Products
  • Cuticle Oils
  • Heel Treatments
  • Sparklers

Salon Policies

This can be helpful for you in any case of issues you may have to face when running a Nail salon. It would be good if you could print these Salon Policies at the back of your price list.

Some of the Most Important policies are Below ;

Late Policies

This policy mainly helps with managing your appointments. If you have clients back to back on a busy day, 15 minutes late can ruin your schedule for the whole day. So you can create a late policy if a client is late for over 15 minutes, ask them to pay 5 dollars as the late fee.

Cancellation Policies

This policy can be really important to you in many ways. If your client cancels your appointment right after 24 hours later, you can charge them 10 dollars. If the client cancels it within 24 hours of time, that’s totally ok. Because you have enough time to find a new client. This also can help deal with clients who cancel their appointments continuously. You must stop waiting to offer your service to them anymore.

Cell Phone Policy

This policy isn’t important that much, but if you’re having issues with your clients who usually use mobiles while you’re serving, you add this policy to your salon policies too. If you’re a nail tech who’s really busy, you may don’t have enough time to wait for them to give their hand after they have done with texting. In this type of case, this policy can work with it.

Extra People Policy

This policy is also one that is not really necessary if you’re almost comfortable having someone with your clients. But if you think having kids with clients makes you feel uneasy, this policy also applies to you.

Don’t forget your clients are your main source of income, so try to be comfortable with them. Adjust these policies when it’s unavoidable. Be cool and friendly with them.

Creating a price list can be difficult for every nail tech. But if you think your service is worth this amount of money, feel free to make it your price list. Always think if you would be satisfied with services with your prices. Don’t forget to make sure your clients feel that you did something more for them than it actually worth. A strategic pricing list can lead you to be successful as a nail Tech.

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Uditha Sanjaya, owner of "Founder Activity" has been passionate about business since he was 14 and started his own Online marketing group in his home garage. Now His unique talent is helping B2B and B2C companies with unique lead-generation campaigns.

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