Sola Salons

Salon studios
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Franchise 500 2023
2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#113 Ranked #50 last year
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Initial investment
$1M - $2.1M
Units as of 2023
684 Increase 30.5% over 3 years

The beauty industry has been in business for centuries. For Sola Salons, its entry has been strategic and purposeful to the extent that it has created value for both the customer and the franchisee. Sola Salons leverages existing real estate spaces to provide space for beauty professionals to potentially actualize their dreams.

Sola Salons' underlying model is hinged on the principle of creating ready-to-move-in spaces for estheticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, and hairdressers. The value proposition is that franchisees have the chance to be relieved of the burden of the traditional salon ownership model. As a beauty professional, this means that you can have a ready-to-use salon space, which can reduce the stress and tension of setting up from scratch.

After its founding in 2004 and subsequent franchising in 2006, Sola Salons has over 500 locations across the U.S.

Why You May Want to Open a Sola Salons Franchise

Having understood the operational model, the question that comes to your mind is most likely, "How and why should I consider investing in such a model?" Well, for starters, Sola Salons has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 multiple times in recent years. This ranking is based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

Sola Salons has managed to achieve international expansion by expanding into Brazil and Canada with the ambition to expand even further in its long-term strategy. 

What Might Make a Sola Salons Franchise a Good Choice?

The Sola Salons model is unique because it engages the franchisee right from the beginning. Therefore, you are getting the perfect competitive location. You are tapping into a reliable network of beauty professionals who understand the business's crux. Beauty professional tenants also get to benefit from cutting-edge education and support from the franchisee.

Sola Salons' corporate team has experience and understanding of the industry. As a franchisee, this usually translates to training from well-educated members of the business and beauty industry. In the end, the value you get as a franchisee is from engaging with a brand model that has experience and understanding of its industry. 

Before making any financial commitment, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. To be part of the Sola Salons team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also be prepared for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. 

How Do You Open a Sola Salons Franchise?

For you, as an interested party, the first step involves filling out an inquiry form. This will then most likely prompt a follow-up from the Sola Salon Studios team. They will have further information regarding the way forward to operating your franchise location. 

The Sola Salons support team will discuss your financial qualifications and other financing options available to you. If you qualify, you'll probably meet the Sola Salons team and discuss the agreement terms. After that, you can set up your Sola Salons franchise business and start filling your location with beautiful beauty professionals. 

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Company Overview

About Sola Salons

Industry Personal-Care Businesses
Related Categories Salon Suites, Hair Care, Salon & Spa Services
Founded 2004
Parent Company Radiance Holdings
Leadership Christina Russell, CEO
Corporate Address 300 Union Blvd., #600
Lakewood, CO 80228
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2005 (18 years)
# of employees at HQ 38
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units 684 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Sola Salons franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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$1,028,914 - $2,100,531
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Sola Salons has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

Classroom Training 24 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
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Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022