Beauty salon

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A beauty salon or beauty parlor is an establishment dealing with cosmetic treatments for men and women.[1] Other variations of this type of business include hair salons, spas, day spas, and medical spas.

Beauty treatments[edit]

Massage for the body is a beauty treatment, with various techniques offering benefits to the skin (including the application of beauty products) and for increasing mental well-being.[citation needed] Hair removal is offered at some beauty salons through treatments such as waxing and threading. Some beauty salons also style hair instead of requiring clients to go to a separate hair salon. Some also offer sun tanning.[citation needed]

Facials may include the use of a facial mask

Other treatments of the face are known as facials. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, or refreshing. They may yield temporary benefits (depending on environmental, dietary, and other skincare factors). There is little to no objective evidence that there are any long-term benefits to the various available facial treatments.[2] Specialized beauty salons known as nail salons offer treatments such as manicures and pedicures for the nails.[citation needed]

A manicure is a treatment for the hands, incorporating the fingernails and cuticles and often involving the application of nail polish. A pedicure involves treatment of the feet, incorporating the toenails and the softening or removal of calluses.[citation needed]


United States[edit]

Beauty salons have proven to be a recession-proof industry across the United States. Although sales had declined[when?] from 2008 highs due to the Great Recession, they remain robust with a long-term positive forecast.[3] Even though during recessions, consumers tend to be more price-conscious, spending continues to increase. With rising per capita incomes across the United States since 2015, beauty salons are booming with the industry generating $56.2 billion in the United States. Hair care is the largest segment, with 86,000 locations. Skincare is expected to have revenue of almost $11 billion by 2018. This growth is being driven in part by an increasing awareness of the importance of skin care among American women, but also specifically due to an increase in the market for men.[4] The market is distributed widely across America, with a concentration in the Northeast and Midwest. There is also a growing trend in boutique salons popping up and leveraging online marketing to gain customers and compete with the franchise chains.[5] The US Labor Department estimates employment in the United States increased 20% between 2008–2014, with the greatest employment growth from skincare specialists.[6] Beauty salons employ cosmetologists specializing in general beautification techniques. Cosmetology licensing requirements vary from state to state, and depending on which specific type of license is desired; general cosmetologist, hair stylist, esthetician, manicurist, barber, electrologist, or other.[7]


Beauty parlours employed 3.4 million people in across India in 2013.[8] The industry was expected to employ 12.1 million workers by 2022.[8] Services typically include facials, skin-lightening bleaches, waxing, hair coloring, and hair straightening.[9]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "You Asked: Should I Get a Facial?". Time. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  3. ^ "2019 Beauty Salons Industry Statistics & Market Research Report - AnythingResearch".
  4. ^ "2020 U.S. Beauty Salons Industry-Industry & Market Report". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  5. ^ "U.S. Department of Labor | USAGov". Retrieved 2020-07-13.
  6. ^ "US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008-09". Archived from the original on December 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "Beauty Salons and Beauty Salon Websites, Information and Listings -". Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  8. ^ a b Dalmia, Katyayani (2020). "Beauty Parlour". Keywords for India : a Conceptual Lexicon for the 21st Century. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-1-350-03927-8. OCLC 1134074309.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  9. ^ Elias, Ana; Gill, Rosalind; Scharff, Christina (2017), Elias, Ana Sofia; Gill, Rosalind; Scharff, Christina (eds.), "Aesthetic Labour: Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism", Aesthetic Labour, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 3–49, doi:10.1057/978-1-137-47765-1_1, ISBN 978-1-137-47764-4, retrieved 2022-09-23