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With salon needs growing and changing so much during 2020, many salon owners are facing the need to update their software choices in order to help support those changes. And sometimes searching for answers online can be completely overwhelming. If you’ve done any searching at all, you’ll find that pricing is all over the place — anywhere from free to hundreds of dollars a month.

There’s a need for all of it, and depending on your goals for your salon, you can probably find one software program that can work for you. So here are our top four choices for you to consider if you’re in the market for new software for your salon in 2020.

NEKO SPA & SALON SOFTWARE

Neko Spa & Salon Software is a fast, simple and practical web-based salon management solution that will empower you with clever tools to help drive more business to your salon! You can connect to it anywhere, anytime – it’s simply a better way to work! Stop losing money from no-shows – automated SMS and email reminders will reduce your no-shows. You can easily customize reminders to suit your clients and set how far in advance the reminders are sent.

There’s a free 14-day trial available so you can check it out and then pricing plans start at $20/month.

https://www.getneko.com/

 

ROSY SALON SOFTWARE

Designed by hairdressers specifically for salons and spas. Rosy understands the unique workflow of your business and offers scheduling and management solutions to help you succeed. Streamline processes, automate day-to-day operations, and provide convenience with this cloud-based salon and spa software. Online Scheduling, POS, Text & Email Communications, Text Message Marketing, Email Marketing, Curbside Check-In, Inventory Management, Suggestive Selling, and integrated payment processing with SalonRunner Pay plus unlimited training and support.

Rosy’s has a free 30-day trial so you can try all the features, then pricing starts at $29/month.

https://www.rosysalonsoftware.com/

SALON IRIS

Since 1999, Salon Iris has been helping thousands of salon owners grow their business. They help salons track clients, manage appointments, maintain product inventories, process payroll and market services in order to deliver more revenue, attract new clients and expand their brand. This award winning software features online booking, automated email and text notifications, POS and mobile apps. Another feature is free data migration from competitive salon programs to get you moving in a better direction faster.

Salon Iris’s key features include:

  • Online Booking (including Facebook and Instagram Booking Options)

  • Client and Staff Scheduling

  • Appointment Reminders

  • Recurring Marketing Campaigns

  • Robust Payroll

  • Inventory Management

  • Integrated Credit Card Processing

  • Video Chat

  • Business reports


It also includes options for online reputation management, text marketing, and QuickBooks integrations.

Salon Iris pricing starts at $29/month, per user.

https://www.saloniris.com/

AURA

Aura is definitely the most expensive program on our list, but sometimes the higher price tag just might give you something extra that another solution won’t provide. Once you see their complete list of features, you’ll understand why they’re the most robust option of the bunch.

Aura was made for salons, by salons. Their goal is to help you increase revenue, reduce expenses, and maximize efficiency by automating the best practices used at the world’s most successful salons. Some of their key features include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Contactless Payments

  • Self Check In/Check Out

  • Data-Driven Smart Booking

  • Seamless Inventory Management

  • Virtual Consultations

  • Personalized Marketing

  • Per-Client Service Timing

  • Apps for Clients, Team, and Management


Aura Salonware pricing starts at $149/month but you’ll need to schedule a demo before you sign up

https://aurasalonware.com/

That’s our top four, but remember that there are several to choose from, and these four should have what most salons will need.