Alaska Small Business Development Center

Opening a Salon in Alaska


What you need to know to open a salon or barber shop offering hair, skin, or nail services in the state of Alaska

Details Covered

  • Research
  • Licensing
  • DEC Guidelines
  • DEC Application
  • Location
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Waivers and Aftercare
  • Operational Setup
  • Vendors and Suppliers
  • Furnishings and Fixtures
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Cash flow
  • Resources
  • How the Alaska SBDC can help

Below is the toolkit instructional video. If you would like a copy of the slides, including the links referenced in the video, please contact your SBDC advisor. 

And if you’re not yet registered as a client, you can get started here. It’s free! 


Spa Requirements - Salon Supplement

This bonus video covers what to know when planning to open a spa in the State of Alaska.

  • Spa vs. Salon
  • Operating a spa
  • Statutes and requirements
  • Guidelines and permitting
  • Public facility application
  • Resources
  • How can the Alaska SBDC help?