7 Hair Stylist Business Card Tips to Increase Bookings

November 14, 2017
 Business Cards
As a freelance hair stylist, you can’t leave your home without compelling business cards to share. Here are 7 amazing ideas for hair stylist business cards!

There’s a reason why hair stylist business cards are one of the only old-school marketing techniques that still remain relevant in today’s digital age: simply put, they work.

How Business Cards Help Freelance Hair Stylists

Business cards represent an age-old method of branding, advertising and marketing, and creating top-of-mind awareness for the person holding it. We’ve found that hair stylists who personally hand out business cards tend to see an increase in bookings because:

  • They give you an opportunity to sell yourself and your brand
  • They personalize the interaction between you and your client, especially if you have your direct number printed on the card
  • You can make impressions and generate leads
  • They help people know how to contact you

However, we’ve also found that not all hair stylist business cards are created equal. Exchanging business cards has become somewhat of a commodity that most freelancers use. Which means if you want to see a bigger boost in bookings, your business card will need to speak loudly.

Check out these seven pro tips to make any hair stylist business cards worthy of attention.

7 Tips for Hair Stylist Business Cards You’ll Want to Copy

Differentiate yourself

With companies like Vistaprint offering super cheap (sometimes free) business cards and predesigned templates, it’s tempting to order a few hundred to build your brand.

Here’s our advice: Don’t. Yes, it’s cost-effective, but plenty of other salons and hair stylists have thought so too. That’s why you run the risk of choosing the same tired designs other competing salons might be using. Remember, effective hair stylists business cards will stand out from the pack, not become wallet fodder.

Avoid the clutter

We realize you’ve probably heard the phrase “Less is more,” but it couldn’t ring any truer when designing your business card. Hairstylist business cards should be short and to the point: “Here’s my contact information, call me for an appointment.”

There’s no need to list every single service you offer or clutter your card with hair-related clip art. Rather, opt for the basics:

  • Your name
  • Job Title
  • Phone number (either salon or personal, but not both)
  • Address (non-salon freelancers should use their email address)
  • Salon tagline for branding purposes

This is the most important information your clients need. Adding too much text can clutter your card and shroud out the crucial stuff. Also, using too many colors can create an additional volume that pulls focus from your contact information. Stick to a 3-color palette when possible: the main color, accent color, and text color.

Find your Muse

Your business card does all the talking about your brand when you aren’t around, so it’s important to craft a card that establishes customer expectations.

Ask yourself what kind of experience clients will expect based on your card design:

  • Upscale posh?
  • Trendy chic?
  • Walk-ins only?
  • Full-service salon and spa?
  • Organic?

If you’re a freelance hair stylist in a bigger salon, your card should match the brand of the salon. Get permission to use the salon’s logo if they have one, or see if they have a standard business card template you can use. Don’t use fun images and designs just because another salon uses them. Bright pinks and blues and squiggly lines might not fit with, say, an organic salon brand. Consider your audience and brand, and work from there.

Engage the Senses

Business cards that engage more than one sense can boost the viewer’s retention and help your brand stand out. Consider including

  • A scratch-n-sniff sticker,
  • An embossed or metallic foil embellishment
  • Textured or thicker cardstock
  • A glossy finish

Scented business cards are a rising trend that, when used properly, can trigger emotional responses from your customers. Consider infusing your cards with essential oil scents that customers will also smell when they enter your salon.

Include an image

Your business card probably isn’t the only one a person carries. A simple image, design, or unique color scheme can help yours stand out in a sea of same-sized cards. Some hair stylist business cards use hair-related images, such as a silhouette, face, or hair tools. These work fine, but it’s important you choose an image that won’t look like every other hair stylist business card out there.

Also, make sure the image makes sense for your brand. A barbershop for men wouldn’t use a frilly abstract image to attract customers, like this example. One caveat here: You can’t just choose any random image from the internet. At least, not without copyright repercussions. Make sure you select an image you can use legally, such as Creative Commons, public domain, or your own design.

Use an easy-to-read font

Designing your business card makes the perfect time to build your brand image. But creativity shouldn’t come at the expense of illegibility or tiny print. When choosing a font, make sure it’s one that people can easily read. Nobody wants to spend time trying to decipher phone numbers or addresses when trying to make an appointment. But just because you shouldn’t use a frilly font doesn’t mean you have to stick to boring Times New Roman.

We recommend using clean, crisp fonts like Eras, Impact, Elephant, and Rockwell. You can also purchase fonts to create a more distinct look.  To increase readability, we’ve noticed that serif/sans serif font pairings work well together. Experiment with different fonts and sizes before you send your cards to the print shop.

Make it multipurpose

Giving your card another purpose can prolong the amount of time a person is likely to keep it. For instance, you can include a tip calculator or coupon on one side with your business information on the other.

Bonus Insider Tip!

Did you know that business cards don’t have to look like actual cards? Think about it this way: the purpose of a business card is to present your prospect with your contact information in hopes you can stay top of mind when they need your service.This mirror business card not only gives the cardholder a convenient tool they’ll actually use but also looks super professional.

It’s okay to think outside the standard hair stylist business card box too! Get creative, but remember whatever you choose, make sure it makes as big a statement like their new hairstyle will!

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