Tag Archive: hair salon

  1. Dealing With A Noisy Hair Salon


    Noisy Hair Salon
    Ok, I’ll admit it. I get my hair cut in a salon – but please don’t tell any of my buddies. I only go there because I’ve known the woman for years and she gives me a good deal.

    Salons all seem to have similar characteristics. They contain hard floors that can be easily cleaned: concrete, tile, wood, etc.  They usually have drywall and most spaces, at least newer ones looking to be hip, have a metal roof deck with exposed services (duct work, wires, pipes, etc). It looks great, but it causes a major sound problem.  Especially with chatty employees and talkative clients.

    I recently received an inquiry for a similar situation with a major sound problem.  I would highly suggest reading my article on basic sound properties if this is confusing at all.

    The Situation

    The room in question is ~30′ x 60′ x 16′ tall. From an acoustical standpoint, I would recommend between 800 and 900 square feet of acoustical paneling spaced evenly throughout the space.  How did I come by this conclusion?

    You don’t want to completely get rid of all of the noise, but “take the edge off” a bit. So, for that, the equation I have used very successfully in the past is as follows:

    • Cubic Volume x 3% = Square Footage Installed

    So, for the room above, we get:

    • 30′ x 60′ x 16′ = 28,800 (Cubic Volume)
    • 28,800 x 0.03 = 864 Square Feet of Acoustical Paneling

    I rounded up in this case because there doesn’t look to be ANY absorptive surfaces in the room as it stands.

    The Solution

    There are two options that come to mind for this room: Recycled Cotton Panels and Fabric-Wrapped Fiberglass Panels.

    Echo Eliminator Cotton Acoustical PanelsThe first product that came to mind would be a recycled cotton panel.  Since the metal roof deck is exposed, you can get the cotton to blend in to the ceiling by gluing it directly to the under side of the corrugated metal deck. It will not be as decorative, or “finished looking” as some other products available, but by choosing the right color they should be mostly unseen. Only an acoustics geek, like myself, would notice them. I highly doubt that my wife would ever notice them. The great thing about these panels are not only that they are environmentally friendly, being made from recycled cotton, but they are also cost effective and easy to ship.

    Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass Panels – Edge OptionsAlright, so if that doesn’t sound interesting enough, the next product I thought of would be a fabric-wrapped fiberglass panel. The name says it all, it is a board of fiberglass that is cut to size and wrapped with your choice of decorative fabric. The performance of these are going to be about the same as the cotton panels, but you have more freedom of choice when it comes to the size, shape, and color. These will be a bit more difficult to install as they are heavier and will require mechanical clips to hold them up. These are also going to be more pricey than the cotton panels as they are a custom product.  Because they are a lot heavier and more fragile, they will also cost more to ship as they are almost always put onto pallets, crated, and shipped on a semi-truck.

    These are only a couple of suggestions, but each situation is going to be different. What do you think? Do you have a better/different suggestion for a similar situation?

  2. Dog Kennel/Grooming Salon Acoustics

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    I have been getting quite a few inquiries about kennel or pet grooming salons lately, so I am putting together this little article to help those with similar use rooms.

    We have quite a few different products that could all potentially reduce the noise in your grooming salon and each will offer it’s own respective advantages and disadvantages. Some are very economical, some are washable and some are decorative and customizable. I would be happy to offer my recommendations if you would be willing to send me a digital picture or two of the space along with the rough dimensions of the area in question. I will disclose that I don’t even pretend to be an interior designer, but I have helped quite a few people in similar situations so I could use what I have learned over the years to help.

    The first three panels that come to mind are the Echo Eliminator, the Sound Silencer and the Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass panels. As I said, each of these options is going to offer a different advantage and I will do my best to explain each. We do have a larger number of options so if you are looking for a panel that is not listed here, please let me know and I can make a few other recommendations. Here goes.

    The Echo Eliminator panels are definitely the most cost effective of the three options. It is an in-stock panel that comes in ten different colors and will usually ship in boxes via UPS Ground. They are made out of recycled cotton fiber and generally left as-is which is fairly similar in look and feel to a piece of felt. Most people install the panels onto the walls or ceilings with a construction adhesive and a spray adhesive. I have, however, had customers use grommets in the panels for mounting locations or even Velcro. Although these panels are the most economical, they are usually considered the least “finished looking” so depending on the aesthetic of the room and where you have the available wall or ceiling space, they may or may not work for you. These panels have an NRC rating of .80 (for the 1” thickness) which is very absorbent.

    The Sound Silencer panels are also in stock in 2’x4’ panels but absorb about half of the amount of sound as either of the other two options. The big advantage to this option is the fact that these panels are completely washable and can be used in areas that other panels will simply not work. They also attach to the wall or ceiling with adhesive and I have had customers put screws through them to hold them in place.

    The Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass panels are the most finished looking and actually a bit more absorbent than the Echo Eliminator panels. They are all custom made which offers the freedom of custom panel sizes and fabrics to use as the decorative facing. These two options allow the panels to either be used as accent panels or to hide within the existing look of the room. Because of the labor that goes into their production, they are also the most expensive. These panels are put onto pallets or crated and shipped on the back of semi-trucks.

    If you are wondering how many panels you need, I would be happy to help you with this, which is where the measurements of the space and the digital pictures would come in quite handy. Although there is not a cut-and-dry answer to this question, I have used a very simple equation to get people started down the right path in determining how many panels are needed. Please note that this is a simple, generic guideline and may need adjustments based on the needs of each particular room:

    Cubic Volume (height x width x depth) x 3% (.03) = square footage of surface area to cover.

    The location of the panels is completely up to you and they can be placed anywhere in the room and have the same basic result. So, with that said, you can put the panels wherever you want to allow for the same functionality of the room and get the same acoustical result. If you feel that the panels will be best suited on the ceiling, go for it. If you would rather install them on the walls, perfect.  It is more a determination of the square footage of panels installed relative to the size of the room than putting them in specific locations.

    I hope this helps. Please let me know what questions you have.

  3. Salon Noise Problem

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    If you own a salon with a noise problem, hopefully this example will help. I know you’re in business and you probably don’t have piles of money lying around to use to take care of the acoustics in your building so please feel free to contact me with the particulars of your situation. There is always more than one way to treat a sound problem, but the tricky thing with most salon-type environments is the aesthetic that people want/need to maintain. Most salons are made of “sweepable” floors, standard drywall walls and hard ceilings – a perfect environment for an echo. A couple of these hard surfaces with dryers running, people talking, music, etc. and it can become overwhelming. There ARE products to help – from cost-effective panels made from recycled cotton all the way up to decorative, custom made fabric-wrapped fiberglass panels. Which panel or product will be the best for you will take some discussion and weighing out the advantages and disadvantages, cost vs aesthetics and location of each potential product. I hope this example below helps. Contact me if you have questions.

    Ted, The working area of my salon is approx. 16’ x 40’ and has 8 ft. ceilings.  The end where there are 4 stations in a row is 20ft. wide. The noise is loudest where the styling stations are located, but also seems to echo into reception area. Sending some pics. Hope this will help.
    Thanks M.

    Thank you for the pictures!!! It even LOOKS like a loud room! Based on the size of the room, I would suggest starting with about 200 square feet of acoustical paneling and then stepping back to re-evaluate the situation. I came up with this number using the equation that I have had great success with – Cubic Volume x 3% = square footage of paneling to install.

    16’ x 40’ x 8’ = 5,120 c/f
    5,120 x .03 = 153.6 (ballpark square footage of panels to put into the room)
    Note: I rounded up to 200 because of the highly reflective surfaces of the room as well as all of the right angles.

    Based on the really great aesthetic of the room, I would strongly suggest the Fabric Wrapped Fiberglass panels, and probably the Guilford Anchorage or the Acousti-Suede fabric facings. I will send you a small sample of the panel with our standard facing along with the both color cards so you can SEE this stuff.

    These panels are custom made so I can make whatever sizes you need and there are HUNDREDS of fabrics to choose from.

    I did some quick tweaking of a few of your pictures and attached them. I don’t pretend to be any kind of an interior designer so if you have ideas for better places for panels, BY ALL MEANS, go with your preference, the pictures shown below are just ideas to get the discussion going. I would START by installing the panels on the first and second and depending on how loud the hair dryers are, do third as well. If you have the budget for it, it will be cheapest to ship ALL of the panels (including #4 and #5 at once) but I can quote them as an add-on if you want.

    Without finding out the measurements of these areas, I can’t really compare them against the 200 square feet goal, so I may need a bit of help with that.

    Another option that would be just as effective but a lot cheaper would be to put the Echo Eliminator panels on the ceiling. They are a much more economical product but they do not have NEARLY as finished looking of an aesthetic.

    Let me know what you think of this or if you have any questions or need any additional information.