Have the walls gone from ‘Pearly White’ to 50 shades of greige? Is your salon more monotonous than monochrome? Well, it’s time to swap the dress-out brush for a paintbrush and inject colour to your salon walls in time for spring. If you need some #saloninspo, read on to see how one of our fave colour-popping nail salons, Tropical Popical
created paradise island interiors in the middle of Dublin. Salon Services just scooped the title for ‘Best Equipment & Furniture Supplier’ at The Guild Awards of Excellence 2016; so to celebrate they’re offering a whopping 25% off salon equipment
“It’s about the experience, the craic. A glimpse into the tropical life – fun, laidback and colourful" says Tropical Popical owner Andrea Horan. The nail bar’s mantra was born from a life-changing trip, with sister Michelle (now salon manager), across North America. Being true nail fans, Andrea and Michelle toured the nail bars of the USA, and were blown away by the loud, colourful, fun and music-filled atmosphere of the salons. Mexico and Las Vegas were major atmosphere crushes for the girls, “The interiors are a fusion of both places” says Andrea. “Tropical is inspired by Mexico, and ‘Popical’ is inspired by the tacky, kitschy things you see in Las Vegas – and I don’t see tacky as a negative word!”
So how did the girls transform their American dream into reality? “A lot of things came from eBay, and we created our manicure tables by covering them in photographs from our travels. But our staff are always bringing in things that they think are perfect for the salon, and so do clients. We’re given flamingoes, pineapples, anything they think suits.”
If you’re thinking of opening a salon, be inspired by Tropical Popical and use something you’re passionate about to create a bespoke theme and atmosphere for your new salon business.
1. Salon Services Mobile Beauty Station
Mobile stylists can go from client to client in style with this gorgeous beauty box.
2. Vezzosi Young Trolley
Spread some colour throughout the salon with this lime coloured trolley.
3. Salon Services Sicily Stool
‘You can’t sit with us’ – Unless you’re on this #fetch pink stool.
4. BHS Printed Arrow Marquee Wall Light £95.00
Grab the attention of potential clients passing by and shine a light on your fresh new salon.
5. Bellazi Edward Hydraulic Styling Chair
Add some spring-zest to your salon with this orange chair.
6. Haito Zebra Hairdryer and Wahl Leopard Pro Clip
Give your clients a wild makeover with these animal print electrics.
7. Diva Chromatix Feel The Heat Bright Yellow Styler
Bring the spring sunshine into the salon with these straighteners.