Written by AJ Durtschi

4 Tips to Quality Salon, Hair Salon, and Spa Towels

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Selecting Quality Salon Towels

Selecting the wrong types of salon towels usage can quickly deplete your towel stock and leave your linens frayed, spotted, and littered with holes.

Most mistakes made by salons, hair salons, and spas regarding their towels and linens can be easily avoided given the correct knowledge concerning this area.

We'll share information on our expertise in the linen service around common problems and some relevant strategies to get the most from your towels and linens.

Overcoming Common Mistakes Regarding Salon Towels

1. Chemicals and incorrect usage

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Towels that repeatedly come into contact with salon and spa chemicals can begin to appear spotty and seem ruined, requiring replacements. This can add up quickly and is an avoidable mistake. Bleach proof towels are able to withstand common salon and spa chemicals and should be the kind you purchase for this area. Mixing towels between different sections of a salon or spa as well as using the same towels throughout the entire building also brings towels to an early retirement.

2. Thread and construction quality

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The quality of your salon towels is directly correlated to how quickly towels will wear out and require replacement.

Low-quality towels can have a high amount of lint, leading to the towel losing most of its bulk and thinning out, which in turn leads to tearing and holes.

Salon towels with poor weave density are also highly susceptible to holes.

3. Towel Size

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Hair Salon: Hair Coloring Towels

Hair salon coloring towels should be at least 24 inches for minimum size.

To account for shrinkage experienced after washing, aim for 27 inches to 28 inches in the length when purchasing new towels.

Tightly woven towels are a must as any loosely woven linen will shrink far beyond the 2 to 2.5-inch threshold needed to be maintained in salon towels.

Bleach proof towels add considerable value as well, as they have a sustained thickness which adds to a longer lifespan than any loops or piles might appear to offer.

What To Look for In Quality Hair Salon Towels

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  • hair salon towels - thickness

    Thickness and Weight

    Look for thickness and a heavy weight for absorbency. The thickness affects how absorbent the towel is. The loops on the towels are also important to how well they absorb water. The more loops, the more absorption.

  • Hair Salon Towels - Feel


    Avoid textured towels that feel rough to the skin. Remember your customer's perception and experience -- do they feel relaxed and comfortable? If not, could it be your towels?

  • Hair Salon Towels - Durability


    Quality, quality, quality --- the overall durability of your towels will come down to the quality of construction. Consider washing cycles, chemicals, and absorption. A high-quality towel will have a much longer economic life span and will look and feel great after several washings. 

  • Hair Salon Towels - Color


    Color plays a role in your brand. A signature color can enhance your decor and experience. No matter what color of towels you choose for your spa or salon, make sure they are color-safe. This means the color runs through the towel for a saturated hue. Without being saturated with color, towels will end up with a spotty or patchy look. Fading and discoloration detract from the appearance of the towel, not to mention your brand, making it look less professional.

4. Choosing shampooing and drying towels

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Shampooing and Drying Towels

Towels explicitly used for shampooing and drying do not need to be bleach proof towels, as they shouldn't come into contact with strong chemicals that would deteriorate them. These types of towels should be the same length before usage as hair coloring towels with shrinkage not exceeding 2".

Additional features to improve the life span of these linens include double hemming, ring-spun yarn, and combed cotton.

The extra effort when selecting quality towels for each specific use, will make a difference in the details your client notices when they visit your salon.