7 Salon Payment Methods Accepted in Most Salons

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If you’re running a salon or spa and want to find out how to accept payment, you’re at the right article. The three methods of payment accepted in most salons are cards (debit card/credit card), online transfers, and cash. But nowadays, with new technological advancements, there are many salon payment methods available. Let’s explore the 7 most widely used payment acceptance ways. Later, we will also discuss different point of sale (PoS) systems available in the market for salons and spas.

We have included the top 7 ways by which salons can accept the payments.

1. Online transactions via payment cards

Most salons use online booking and scheduling software that also includes a payment processor. Customers pay online at the time of booking the salon services.

  • Full payment: Take 100% payment online in advance.
  • Partial payment: Some salons choose to take partial non-refundable deposits online and rest on the premises.
  • Pay later option: Book online without paying anything but take the payment card details to charge later.

Payment gateway partners, like Stripe, PayPal, and Tilled, generally charge 2.9% + $0.3 per transaction. Some free software providers like Yottled give salons the option to absorb these fees by themselves or pass them to their customers. If salons pass the payment processing fees to their customers, they can instantly increase their profits by approx. 3%.

2. Accept Payment through cards with the PoS machine

Point of sale (PoS) is a physical machine that salons use to accept payment by swiping or tapping the payment cards. These machines are easily available online or in hardware stores. There are main 3 types of PoS systems available in the market.

Point of sale terminal

This is a big payment terminal with a computer touch screen. It comes with the traditional card-swiping or NFC technology. These terminals have storage capacity, backups, and printing facilities, too. Some of these terminals are all-in-one including card readers, NFC, and invoice printing. While with old-generation PoS terminals, you need to buy a separate card reader and attach it using a wire or with Wi-Fi. They cost around $1,000.

They handle

  • Cash transactions,
  • Payment cards
  • Digital wallets
  • Reward point redemption
  • Gift card redemption
point of sale terminal for salons to accept the payment

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Traditional PoS machine

In these traditional card readers, the payment card is inserted or swiped. It reads the card’s magnetic field and deducts the payment. Its price ranges from $150 to $350.

traditional point of sale for salons

PoS with NFC technology

Many salons and spas accept payment with the latest PoS machines that use near-field communication (NFC) technology. Instead of inserting the card inside the machine, it reads the card details via a wireless system.

They have a mobile-like touch screen to enter salon transaction details, amounts, tips, and even details of physical products. Just like traditional PoS machines, NFC machines can also print out receipts or send e-receipts to the seller and buyer’s email addresses.

Price: These machines cost approx. $300.

(Pro tip: Get a free PoS with NFC technology for your salon with Yottled. Deposit $300 upfront and get the $300 back after you process $5,000 in credit card transactions in a single month.)

This is what PoS with NFC technology looks like.

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Yottled PoS for salons

3. Gift cards

Another popular payment method in salons and spas is gift cards. Gift cards can be physical cards or virtual ones (eCards). Most salon booking software offer gift card creation, selling, and redemption services.

4. Cash

Although it is one of the simplest salon payment methods, it is a risky one. Due to the risk of theft, misplacement, and even armed robbery, keeping cash on the register counter should be avoided.

5. Payment through mobile phones with digital wallets

Online wallets like Amazon Pay, Google wallet, V.Pay, etc. are getting popular these days. Many salons allow customers to make payments using those virtual wallets. The payment can be done with barcode scanning, near-field communication (NFC) technology, or via the registered phone number or email address.

6. Checks/Cheques

Although bank checks are old school way of payment, some people still use them. However, salons have become reluctant to accept checks due to check-bouncing issues and fraud.

7. Rewards redemptions

Many salons and beauty parlors have loyalty programs where they offer points for certain service purchases. Customers can redeem those points for a service or discount. For example, “20 reward points for a haircut. And 1 free facial on 200 points redemptions.”

FAQs on Salon Payment Methods

Describe three methods of payment accepted in most salons.

Payment cards (debit cards and credit cards), cash, and bank transfers are the 3 payment methods accepted in most salons. In general, salons use point of sale (PoS) machines and facilitate online payments to process the transactions. Redemptions of rewards points and gift cards have also become quite popular since the last decade.

How salons can avoid paying payment partners’ fees?

Software like Yottled gives you the option to transfer transaction charges on your customers. Customers’ final bill will increase by approx. 3%, which, currently you (businesses) are paying. Yottled is 100% free for businesses.

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Medha Mehta

Medha Mehta

Medha is a Sr. content marketing manager at Yottled. She is passionate about writing, SEO, and digital marketing. She's a tech and cybersecurity enthusiast.

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