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Need to find information on the beauty biz? Try these resources first.

Search Terms
Library Resources Online
In and Around Brooklyn

Terms to use when searching

Try using these when you search Google, the library catalog or look for magazine articles on the topic:
  • beauty salon
  • nail salon
  • hair styling
  • hair salon

Books In the Library

When you look for books on the beauty biz, start with books located in the 647.95 section of the library's shelves.

Some specific titles are:

Fun, Creative and Profitable Salon Marketing: 67 Ways To Grow Your Salon Business
Allen D'Angelo
646.72 D

The Green Book
American Salon
Ref 338.76467 G - Business Library Directory Collection
Find beauty products and equipment suppliers in this annual publication.

How to Start and Manage a Hair Styling Salon Business
Jerre G. Lewis and Leslie D. Renn
646.72068 L

Milady's Successful Salon Management for Cosmetology Students
Edward J. Tezak
646.72068 T

101 Salon Promotions
Robert Oppenheim
646.72068 O

Salons and Computers: A Starter's Guide for Success
Henry J. Gambino
646.72 G

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Magazines to read to learn about getting started include:
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Library Resources Online: Find Magazine Articles and More

You can connect to these from your home or office. You will need your BPL library card. (The barcode on the back is your password.)
  • ABI Inform Research
  • Business Source Premier
  • Both of these link you to articles from hundreds of magazines. Use the terms listed above to search by keyword.
  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Find articles from magazines or get a snapshot of your business by using the terms "hair, nail and skin care services" as the Industry Description.
  • ReferenceUSA
    To find your local competition, use the Customer Search option of this business database. Use "hair or nail salon" for your "yellow page heading."
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In and around Brooklyn

Here are some sites that offer information on beauty schools and licensing in New York.

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
Check out the list of licensed training schools and licensing requirements in each state.

New York City Department of Education
Enter Cosmetology in the Search box to find high schools that offer courses that can lead to getting a license.

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Here are a few of the best sites to get the facts on nail and hair salons. Some are associations and even if you don't join, the sites are a good source of information.
Information on all aspects of being a beauty professional. The "Business" section, found on the top tool bar, links to articles on business management, marketing, customer service and salon décor.

Cosmetology Tax Tips
Everything you need to know about taxes for this type of biz.

International Nail Technicians Association
Education, networking, business assistance and more for nail professionals.

The National Beauty Culturist League (NBCL)
One of the oldest beauty organizations, NBCL is a leader in the multicultural beauty revolution.

National Cosmetology Association
The largest organization of salon professionals. It offers information on new techniques and trends, career development, legislative issues and more.

Nails Magazine online
Great articles on trends and techniques, along with lists of suppliers and industry statistics.

New York State Licensing Service
Get information on New York's licensing requirements for the "appearance enhancement" profession.

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Describes the work, education requirements, employment outlook and earnings for barbers, cosmetologists and other personal appearance workers.