Great Clips salons offer salon services for men, women, and children, including haircuts, shampoo, styling, trims, and conditioning treatments. Great Clips is ideal for those seeking a moderate-risk, steady growth business. Great Clips is a recession resistant business which requires a relatively low investment and allows franchisees to keep their day job while building their salon business.
Established in 1982, Great Clips started franchising in 1983 and now has more than 4,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Usually located in strip malls, Great Clips hair salons are open evenings and weekends and do not require appointments. No hair-care experience is required for franchisees, who operate 5 to 6 units after 5 years on average.
Is Great Clips® Right for You?
Being a Great Clips franchisee means owning and operating your own business with the power of a national brand behind you. It's like being in business for yourself, but not by yourself.
The Great Clips® Advantage
What's our advantage? We lead the industry in practically every measurement when compared to our competitors. And that's a big advantage for our franchisees.
Powerful Brand and History
At Great Clips, we’re proud of the work we’ve done to establish our great brand name and reputation for more than 35 years.
A Brand You Can Trust
A strong, quality brand is one of the most powerful arguments for purchasing a franchise versus opening your own start-up business. With a franchise, you’re investing in an established operation that comes with all the brand recognition, resources and expertise to help you start and grow your company. And with Great Clips, you get some serious street-cred built on 35 years of setting the standard for what a walk-in haircare salon experience should be for every customer.
Why Choose Great Clips? The numbers tell the story
SUPERIOR BRAND PRESENCE Great Clips is the largest and fastest growing haircare brand in North America, with nearly 50% market share of all franchised hair salon units. The next closest brand falls short by more than 30%—and the gap grows wider each year.
DEEP BENCH OF EXPERIENCED OWNERS More than 1,200 franchisees—working together in a collaborative culture to build their businesses—have opened 4,300+ salons.
COMMITMENT TO GROWTH The company is led and managed by an exceptional team of franchise-industry leaders who focus on the metrics that matter to franchisees: 47+ consecutive quarters of same-salon sales growth, and 42+ consecutive quarters of same-salon customer count growth.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANAGER-RUN, MULTI-UNIT OWNERSHIP Many owners continue their professional careers while establishing their salon businesses, thanks to a manager-run operational model. The average Great Clips franchisee operates five or six salons within five years of opening their first salon.
100% FRANCHISEE-OWNED SALONS We don’t just say we’re 100% committed to owner success—we prove it. To eliminate conflict of interest issues, we are not in the business of opening corporate salons; all Great Clips salons are owned by franchisees.
Great Clips leads the industry with technology that makes it easy for customers to choose Great Clips, and gives franchisees the tools they need to operate their businesses—anywhere, anytime.
Support and Training
Great Clips provides franchisees with the expertise, tools, resources, and technology to help them open their first salons and grow their businesses.
Our training sets Great Clips apart from other franchisors because we start with the people who are going to be leading the teams: You!
GREAT CLIPS UNIVERSITY (online) - will help you learn the basics, such as real estate, marketing and salon operations.
IN PERSON - whether it’s new franchisee orientation, stylist and management trainings in your local market, or observing another local franchisee in their salon- there are plenty of opportunities to meet people and get “hands-on experience”* with the brand.
Hiring the best, helping them be their best. If you were an independent business owner, you alone would be your entire human resources department. As a franchisee, you’ve got a Recruiting team and an HR department supporting you.
GREAT CLIPS STYLIST RECRUITMENT WEBSITE - garners more than 41,000 online applications every year. We have powerful relationships with many area cosmetology schools, providing you access to stylists just beginning their careers.
RECRUITING TEAM - the newly established Recruiting Team helps franchisees put together a solid plan for how to attract and retain key talent for their salons.
HUMAN RESOURCES SUPPORT - we don’t do the hiring—or the firing, if that’s what needs to happen—because you’re the employer. But we can provide a level of HR support with advice and resources for finding, keeping and motivating your best stylists and managers.
TRAINING CENTERS - your stylists and managers will attend industry-leading training at one of our 65 conveniently located training centers. Great Clips also employs Education Specialists who provide ongoing training to Great Clips stylists and salon managers across North America.