The Great Clips Advantage

A powerful brand & history

Our legacy is your legacy

One of the biggest advantages you can have as a franchisee is becoming part of a brand that’s well-established, highly respected and empirically successful. Great Clips is that and more. Over the past 35 years, we’ve built a reputation for excellence by consistently providing our customers with a great haircare experience at an equally great value. And we’ve grown to become the world’s largest salon brand by ensuring every Great Clips franchisee has the resources, tools and support they need to successfully launch their business and build their legacy.

Building your business with us is a great idea

A superior brand presence to fuel your success

With nearly 50% market share of all franchised hair salon units, Great Clips is the largest and fastest growing haircare brand in North America. The next closest brand falls short by more than 30%—and the gap grows wider each year. As a franchisee, that means your Great Clips salon comes with a built-in competitive edge to fuel your success.

Support from a deep bench (salon chair?) of experienced owners

More than 700 Great Clips franchisees have opened over 4,400 salons—all by working together in a collaborative culture to build their businesses. As a salon owner, you’ll be part of a community of franchisees who are eager to share their expertise and support your success.

Success that’s driven by a commitment to growth

Great Clips is led and managed by an exceptional team of franchise-industry leaders. As the largest salon brand in North America, we are 2 times the size of leading competitor brands and have more than 40 years of franchise salon expertise.

Opportunities for manager-run, multi-unit ownership

Thanks to our manager-run operational model, many franchisees continue their professional careers while establishing their salon business. And once their first salon is up and running, this same model enables them to expand into multi-unit ownership. In fact, historically, the average Great Clips franchisee will operate five or six salons within five years of opening their first one.

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, Great Clips is not in the business of opening or operating corporate salons. Every one of our locations is owned by a franchisee.

Great teams start with great leaders

“Great Clips inspires you to achieve your legacy.” This is the promise made to every Great Clips franchisee. And it’s a promise we live and work by, because our leadership team knows first-hand that the success of the brand is built on the success of every Great Clips franchisee. So as a salon owner, you can count on our leaders—and every member of our 250+ corporate team—to work hard to keep you inspired as you build and grow the business you’ve always dreamed of. 

Building greatness from day one

Great Clips, Inc. was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1982 when most people received haircuts in one of three ways: in full-service salons, from mom-and-pop barbershops or at home. That all changed when Ray Barton, one of the early leaders of our brand, revolutionized the model of how haircare could be delivered. Learn about our journey from then to now.

Owner- and customer-friendly technology

As the world’s largest salon brand, we lead 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.

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