Welcome to the world of beauty and style where every detail matters, especially when it comes to the tools of the trade. For salon and spa professionals, choosing the right cape is as crucial as selecting the perfect shears.

As an apparel manufacturing business owner for the salon/spa industry since 1996, I’ll do my best to delve into the different types of salon and spa cutting and chemical capes, their specific uses, and provide valuable comparisons to help you make an informed decision for your next cape purchase.

NOTE: I also have an older article with additional topical points here.

  1. Classic Salon Capes:

    • Material: Typically made of lightweight and breathable materials like polyester or nylon.
    • Use: Ideal for everyday cutting and styling services.
    • Features: Adjustable closures, water-resistant, and available in various colors and patterns for a personalized touch.
  2. Chemical Resistant Capes:

    • Material: Crafted from materials like vinyl or polyurethane for superior chemical resistance.
    • Use: Specifically designed for color treatments, perms, and other chemical processes.
    • Features: Waterproof, easy to clean, and often equipped with snap closures for a secure fit.
  3. Cutting Capes with Viewing Windows:

    • Material: Similar to classic salon capes but includes a clear plastic window.
    • Use: Perfect for intricate haircutting, allowing clients to use their phone or tablet without removing the cape.
    • Features: Transparent window, adjustable closures, and easy to clean.
  4. Adjustable Neckline Capes:

    • Material: Durable fabrics like polyester or nylon.
    • Use: Versatile capes with adjustable necklines to accommodate different client preferences.
    • Features: Snap or Velcro closures, customizable fit, and often available in various sizes.
  5. Anti-Static Capes:

    • Material: Specialized materials designed to minimize static electricity.
    • Use: Ideal for preventing hair clippings from sticking to the cape during cutting.
    • Features: Anti-static properties, lightweight, and available in various styles.
  6. Designer Capes:

    • Material: Varied, but often made of high-quality fabrics with unique patterns.
    • Use: Combining style with functionality, suitable for trendy salons.
    • Features: Fashion-forward designs, premium materials, and durable construction.

Comparison: To make an informed decision, consider factors such as material, purpose, ease of cleaning, and client comfort. While classic salon capes may suffice for everyday use, chemical-resistant capes are essential for protecting both clients and stylists during chemical processes. Adjustable necklines and anti-static features add an extra layer of customization and functionality.


Investing in the right salon and spa cape is an essential aspect of providing top-notch service to your clients. By understanding the different types of capes available, their uses, and the features they offer, you can make a wise decision that not only enhances your professional image but also ensures the comfort and satisfaction of your clients. If you’re still not sure, contact me here.  I love to speak directly with my customers!

Happy styling!

Susan Peters
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