A beauty salon or beauty parlor is an establishment that deals with cosmetic treatments for both men and women. There are slight differences between beauty salons and beauty parlors. A beauty salon is usually in a more private and well-developed location with more features than a beauty parlor. Beauty salons will often offer extended services to their clients related to general skin health, facial aesthetics, foot care, aromatherapy, nail manicures, and in some cases meditation. They may also offer oxygen therapy, mud baths, and many other services. Beauty Salons are often given different classifications depending on their specialties like hair salons, spas, nail salons, tanning salons, and many others. All of these cater to the specific needs of their clientele, ensuring they receive the best treatment to bring out their inner beauty. 

Operating a beauty salon requires skill both in tending to the beauty service needs of clients but also in management of the business. Staffing requirements must be considered as staff contribute to the salon environment and attract customers. Facility design, maintenance, marketing and location interact with friendly staff to create the character of the space of the salon. Most salons are run by on premise software or software as a service (SaaS) systems that handle front and back-office business tasks.  Salon stylists and owner operators traditionally favor dealing in cash. Many salons offer an on-site automated teller machine (ATM) for clients to withdraw cash and pay with bills instead of with credit or debit cards. This has been favored because of the fees associated with credit card and debit card transactions. Cashless beauty salon payments offer the benefit of simplifying the client check out and payment experience.

Text to pay, email to pay, tap to pay, dip to pay and swipe to pay options are features many salons are now are utilizing. With electronic payment options like e-wallets like Apple Pay or Google Pay, some salons opt to charge clients a surcharge or a cash discount as it offsets the cost to use a credit card and debit card. Most salons are run by on premise or software as a service (SaaS) point of sale systems. These systems provide staff management, marketing inventory and advanced payment presentment features. Payment Integrator integrates payments with these specialized systems and has stand alone payment processing terminals that are P2PE enabled and PCI Compliant.


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