May 3, 2024 | Posted by Meghan Smith

Color services are one of the most time-consuming services offered at any hair salon. They can range from 30 minutes to a few hours. Buy-Rite Beauty offers a professional solution to save time and effort with our collection of hair color processors. Hair color processors are tools used in salons to accelerate and enhance the hair coloring process. They apply heat to help the color penetrate the strands more effectively. There are a few different types of color processors and it is important to know the difference. Here is a breakdown of the different types:

Heat Lamps: These are traditional processors that use incandescent bulbs to generate heat. They are positioned over the client’s head to speed up the processing time of the hair color. Heat lamps are adjustable in height and intensity to suit different hair types and coloring products. They are often used in conjunction with a timer to control the processing time accurately.

Infrared Heat Waves: These are more advanced processors that utilize infrared technology, which is known for its ability to penetrate the hair more deeply and evenly. The rotating heads ensure that the heat is distributed uniformly, providing consistent results. These processors often come with programmable settings for temperature, time, and rotation speed, allowing for precise control over the coloring process.

We evaluated the entire collection based on crucial grading criteria to present the top-ranked hair color processors for 2024.


With a rich history spanning 87 years, Buy-Rite Beauty has solidified its position as a leader in the salon furniture industry. Our expertise extends to unique stylist needs, where we offer comprehensive insights into crucial considerations for selecting the ideal option for your salon. As authorized representatives of major brands, we guarantee a diverse range that meets the evolving needs of modern salon owners.


■ Type of Technology: We evaluated the technology capabilities to align with your salon’s needs.
■ Adjustability: We examined if the hair color processor could be adjusted in height to fit all types of clients.
■ Ease Of Use: We explored how user-friendly the color processor was for stylists to use.
■ Affordability: We considered overall affordability – what is the investment required?
■ Durability: We examined how the processor held up over time with regular use.

Hair Processor #1

Why Stylists Love It: The Pibbs 14024 Speedy Deluxe Hair Processor combines versatility and technology to add efficiency to any salon. It uses infrared ceramic heat allowing for even heat distribution to accelerate hair color, perming, and drying time. It is equipped with five individually controlled ceramic heating elements that provide evenly applied radiant heat for consistent and even distribution. It is height adjustable making it perfect for all types of clients.

Considerations: While this unit utilizes cutting-edge color processing technology with far infrared heat waves, if you’re new to the field or seeking a more basic hair color heating process, consider options like the Pibbs TL 931 3 Headed Processing Lamp that provides adjustability and heat color processing using infrared bulbs instead of ceramic heating elements, making them suitable for beginners or those looking for simpler solutions at a much lower price tag.

Shopper’s Tip: We have ranked this hair color processor #1 due to its blend of adjustability, advanced far infrared technology, and price tag. While most far infrared hair color processors are priced well over $1,500, the color processor offers a cost-effective solution for high-quality, efficient color processing. Additionally, it comes in a convenient wall-mounted version, enhancing its versatility and appeal for professional use.

Hair Processor #2

Why Stylists Love It: The Pibbs QL 854 4-Headed Processing Lamp is a premier heat processing lamp for highlights and color services. It is equipped with durable casters, 4 infrared bulbs, flexible chrome arms to adjust each light, and a height-adjustable stand. It is manufactured in the USA making it durable to last for years.

Considerations: Generally, heat lamps focus heat on more specific areas of the hair and need regular adjustments to achieve uniform hair color processing. For a more even, less hands-on, and efficient color treatment, consider an automatic-rotating color processor like the Takara Belmont Rollerball Color Processor that rotates 360 degrees continuously throughout the service, ensuring consistent and thorough color application.

Shopper’s Tip: This heat lamp is ideal for salons just starting out in heat color processing or those seeking a straightforward solution that fits a modest budget. It offers all the essential elements needed for effective hair color processing without the higher price tag.

Hair Processor #3

Why Stylists Love It: The Takara Belmont Roller Ball F is designed with unmatched quality made in Japan. It uses far infrared waves from carbon to shorten the processing time for colors and perms. It has a slim design with six color options. It comes on durable casters and has 360-degree rotation to provide even coverage for each client.

Considerations: While this unit delivers premium results, it requires a higher initial investment and is best suited for the more advanced colorist.

Shopper’s Tip: This automatic color processor features a 360-degree rotating swivel that delivers the most efficient, even, and deep color processing available. It is ideal for experienced colorists who require fast and superior results in color processing. Also available in a wall-mount version!

Hair Processor #4

Why Stylists Love It: The Pibbs TL 931 3-Headed Processing Lamp is the #1 selling heat lamp from Pibbs. It features individually controlled infrared bulb lamps with chrome arms to adjust to all types of clients. Additionally, it is equipped with industrial-strength casters and an adjustable stand.

Considerations: Although this unit comes with a very reasonable price tag for a hair color processing machine, it’s important to note that it requires a more manual adjustment approach. Colorists will need to manually adjust the flexible arms as needed throughout the service to ensure an even color application.

Shopper’s Tip: This heat lamp is ideal for newcomers to the coloring world. Featuring flexible arms and three lamp heads, it provides comprehensive coverage and processing heat at a modest price, while still effectively reducing hair color processing time. For even more flexibility, consider the Pibbs QL854 4-Headed Processing Lamp which offers one more heat lamp for more scalp coverage.

Hair Processor #5

Why Stylists Love It: The Jeffco Futuristic Halo Color Processor is modern and efficient with new technology to elevate any salon. It uses a powerful 360-degree rotary motion to provide evenly-applied heat for quicker processing times. It has an adjustable heating zone with a fan to keep the client cool during the service.

Considerations: While this unit offers excellent heat and coloring control, such precision is most beneficial for an experienced colorist.

Shopper’s Tip: This hair color processor provides superb scalp coverage with its 360-degree rotating head featuring digital adjustable heating zones. Offering maximum flexibility, this unit ensures thorough and precise color application, perfect for the colorist who desires maximum control over their heat settings for full-color processing control.


In summary, selecting the right salon hair processor is a significant decision that affects client comfort and salon efficiency. When choosing one, consider factors like technology, adjustability, ease of use, price, and affordability. Investing in high-quality hair processors that match the salon’s needs can improve the client experience and create a more ergonomic and efficient work environment for staff.

If you are looking for additional salon equipment, be sure to browse our hooded hair dryers, hair steamers, and blow dryers.

Uncertain about your specific needs? Schedule a complimentary planning call with our design team today!





Jason Eichholz – Vice President

Jason has been an integral part of Buy-Rite since 2014 when he joined the family business. His passion lies in helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams. By working so closely with family, he instills family values in all of his work. He loves to share his expertise while maintaining honesty and dedication to the Buy-Rite brand. He leads the way for our customer service team to make sure each customer feels confident from the purchase to the delivery. Jason’s industry knowledge has propelled thousands of salon owners to open and maintain the salon of their dreams.

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