National barber shop and salon chains like Supercuts, Great Clips, and Sport Clips are often convenient and promise to get you in and out of the chair in no time. Even though these salon chains are similar in pricing, they do vary in available services, specialties, and add-ons. For more information on which is better, see below.
Supercuts vs. Great Clips vs. Sport Clips
Three of the largest salon and barber shop franchises are Supercuts, Great Clips, and Sport Clips. All offer competitive pricing with haircuts typically under $20. But what are the differences between these salon chains and how can you pick the best one for you? We’ve outlined the different services offered at Supercuts, Great Clips, and Sports Clips.
Supercuts maintains an extensive educational section on its website that tackles topics like dealing with dry or thinning hair, as well as a glossary of haircut terms. It also offers a style guide with information on popular hairstyles.
- Customers: Men, women, and children
- Services: Haircuts, coloring, facial waxing, blowouts, beard trims (at select locations), and a tea-tree service that involves shampooing, conditioning, massaging, and a hot facial towel
- Prices: About $15, but Supercuts pricing varies by salon; use the Supercuts salon locator to contact your nearest salon for more information.
- Typical hours: Most of Supercuts’ 2,600 locations are open seven days a week, starting at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. on Sundays. Closing times vary by location; most Supercuts close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends.
- Product selection: Numerous shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams and gels, beard balms and oils, styling creams, hair gels, and hairsprays from nearly 20 different brands.
Great Clips offers numerous promotions, including buy-one-get-one offers on hair products. The chain also has an extensive line of private-label hair products.
- Customers: Men, women, and children
- Services: Haircuts, shampooing, conditioning, styling, perms (at select locations), and trimming of bangs, necks, and beards
- Prices: About $15, but Great Clips pricing varies by salon; use the Great Clips salon locator to contact your nearest salon for more information. See our related research for information about Great Clips’ payment options.
- Typical hours: Great Clips’ 4,000 franchise locations are typically open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, most Great Clips open at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and close by 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Locations often open at 11 a.m. on Sundays and close between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Product selection: The Great Clips website states, “Products in stock may vary by salon.” However, it lists hair care and styling products by brands like Redken, American Crew, Paul Mitchell, and Sexy Hair.
Sports Clips promotes a male-focused haircut experience. As a main selling point, Sport Clips locations feature TVs playing sporting events. Also, all haircuts comes with a hot-towel treatment.
- Customers: Men and boys
- Services: Haircuts, shampooing, hot facial towels, neck and shoulder massages, and beard and neck trimming
- Prices: About $19, but Sport Clips pricing varies by salon; use the Sport Clips salon locator to contact your nearest salon for more information.
- Typical hours: Hours of operation for Sport Clips’ 1,000 franchise locations are typically 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
- Product selection: Various hair products from brands like American Crew, Paul Mitchell, Mitch, Nioxin, Sexy Hair, and Joico.
So, which of the three chains will best suit your haircut needs? For sports-loving men and boys, Sport Clips is an obvious choice. With the greatest number of locations and various promotional offers, Great Clips will appeal to bargain seekers. And, Supercuts offers the greatest amount of information and the largest selection of hair care products, making it ideal for people who are more particular about their hair.