About American Haircuts
The AMERICAN HAIRCUTS experience is an authentic, yet modern barbershop experience. We’ve taken the best of the barbershop and combined it with modern touches like high speed internet access, web based reservations, and a big plasma television.
AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is not some generic, sterile “concept.” Our barbers give great haircuts and entertainment. We’re not afraid to tell the occasional dirty joke and we can be brutally honest with our customers (“Bob, that comb-over makes you look like a used car salesman!”). And forget that politically correct crap – the conversation is real. AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is just like an old-fashioned barbershop. A place where men can meet with friends – and make new ones. And best of all, AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is a place where men can be men!
All of that said, AMERICAN HAIRCUTS barbers aren’t stuck in the past. We do excellent traditional barbershop haircuts, but we can also handle trendy styles and long hair as well. No matter what your style, you’ll leave our shop looking better than you ever have. From flattops to faux hawks, we’re the best at cutting men’s hair because that’s all we do. We’re not “stylists” and you won’t find smelly color or perm solutions in our shop. What you will find is the best haircut you’ve ever had. Our nine barbers have nearly TWO CENTURIES of combined experience cutting men’s hair.
Why did you start AMERICAN HAIRCUTS?
The AMERICAN HAIRCUTS concept was created by David Alexander, Scott Brown, and Greg Martin. David Alexander, who has been cutting men’s hair for 25 years, is also successful acting career (find out more on his website) and has been seen in House of Cards, NCIS: New Orleans, CSI and more. He also spent several years in California working at the iconic Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, where he served celebrities and executives in entertainment. Greg Martin ended his successful career in Real Estate and Restaurant Management to become a barber with the goal of applying his site location and management experience to a profession he loves. Scott Brown, who has since left the company, served as our original CFO and General Manager of our first location.
We opened our first shop in Roswell, Georgia on April 11, 2005. We have since opened three additional locations (two in Atlanta and one in Kennesaw) and each shop in the AMERICAN HAIRCUTS collection is independently owned and operated.
When we decided to create a new “concept” in men’s haircare, we asked “What do guys want?” We thought of everything. Barbershop with a coffee bar? Nope. Barbershop with a sports theme? Been there. Done that. We even considered a racing themed shop with hubcap wall sconces. None of our ideas seemed right. After about three months of sometimes heated debate, we nearly gave up. One night, we broke open a bottle of really great Scotch (Johnny Walker Blue Label, to be exact). A few sips later and we started reminiscing about going to the barbershop with our dads and how it felt to sit in a real barber chair. And how that hot lather felt on the back of our necks. We talked about the great conversation and about how the place smelled. Then it happened. We realized that, as guys, we didn’t want a theme or some kind of “concept.” We just wanted our barbershop back. A place where we can feel comfortable, get a great haircut, and have fun doing it. Our “theme” is really an “anti-theme.” AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is a real barbershop for real guys. We didn’t invent the barbershop, a concept which has been around for years. We just came up with a better way to package and promote it. We’ve brought the barbershop into the modern age. Remembering the best of the past, while incorporating the future. Real barber chairs, hot lather shaves, great haircuts, and a traditional atmosphere combined with a few modern touches like free high speed internet, online appointments, and an exclusive in-shop music system and a big screen plasma television to keep clients entertained while they wait. Our shop manager also serves as concierge and offers fax and notary service and can make reservations or get directions for our clients.
In short, the barbershop is back and it’s better than ever.
Do you cut women’s hair?
We’re a guys place and all of our barbers are trained specifically in the techniques for cutting men’s hair. We recommend that women go to a salon staffed by stylists who are trained in the techniques used to cut women’s hair. We limit our practice to men’s haircuts and shaving because that is what we are trained to do. Of course, if a woman wants a men’s style haircut, we’re happy to oblige. Put it this way, a cardiac surgeon could do your knee replacement, but wouldn’t you rather go to an orthopedic surgeon instead. Same concept here.
Can you cut my son’s hair?
Certainly. We cut guy’s hair – from the first haircut to the last. And we love our kid clients. We’re proud to say, the best kids in metro Atlanta get their hair cut here. One thing to keep in mind about our shop is that we were specifically created to be a fun and relaxing environment for men. We love kids, but we don’t cut the hair of kids who are screaming or otherwise disruptive. While it can be disappointing to not be able to get your kid’s hair cut, we must consider the comfort of our other patrons and the safety of your child (having sharp shears next to a child who is thrashing about is just not safe). Our atmosphere is adult, and while we try to keep the conversation clean when kids are present, it can sometimes be a bit mature for young minds.
One additional question we get asked from time to time is, “Why do you charge the same price for a kid’s cut?” The answer is simple. Kid’s cuts are more difficult to do than adult cuts (and take as much time) as kids move around a lot and you have to be more delicate with the cut. Some people think this policy is not kid friendly, but we feel it is fair to our barbers who earn a percentage of each haircut they perform. Our barbers often throw in special touches for kids (such as free toys) and we always make sure they have fun in our shop! We want our kids to be clients for life!
Do you cut long hair?
Sure. Today’s longer, razored styles are no problem for us. In fact, because we’re trained specifically for cutting men’s hair, we can give you a longer cut that is still masculine. In many salons they are trained to cut women’s hair, which is typically softer and fuller. They normally cut men’s hair using the same techniques, resulting in a soft, full, and pretty look. Probably not what most men are after. We’ll give you a longer style that is masculine, lean, and edgy – not pretty.
How long am I going to have to wait?
We try to staff our shop to keep wait times to a minimum, but we do often have a wait during peak times (afternoons after 3 p.m. and all day Saturday). To minimize waiting, keep in mind we do offer reservations (which you can make online or by calling the shop) and those are HIGHLY recommended. Also, if you walk in and there is a wait, you can put your name on the list and not lose your place if you want to run an errand or get a snack. You can’t do that at most other barbershops or chain shops. While we try to avoid making you wait, we don’t apologize for our wait times. We sometimes have longer wait times because we’re a popular place and we’re the best place in metro Atlanta to get a quality haircut. You probably wouldn’t want to eat at a restaurant in metro Atlanta on a weekend night if they don’t have a wait (if they don’t, it probably means they’re no good). The same thing applies with barbershops. If you come to a shop in the afternoon or on a Saturday and there’s no wait, it probably means the place is no good. The advantage to AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is that we give you ways to minimize your wait time by offering reservations (which you can make online or by calling the shop) and by holding your place on the waiting list if you would like to do something else until your barber is available.
When we quote wait times, we try to be accurate, but certain factors (such as a difficult haircut or changes to a client’s ticket) may increase wait times. We also ask that you keep in mind that, because we take reservations, a client may be taken ahead of you. This is because they have made a prior reservation.
We strive to make each haircut perfect, and we’re sure you’ll find we’re worth the wait. With just a little planning, we’ll have you in and out in no time.
Why do you ask for my phone number?
Your phone number is unique to your family and it enables us to easily find you in our computer system. Rest assured that your number is safe with us. We will never sell your information or give it to anyone that may try to telemarket you. That gets on our nerves, too. The computer also gives us a tool to enhance our service to you (when we know how long it’s been since your last cut, we can take off just the right amount), and it also tracks our barber’s performance and ensures our staff is compensated accurately.
Do you do military cuts?
Most definitely. Flattops, high and tights, regulation cuts, and ‘fades” are no problem for us. We’ll give you a precision cut you’ll be proud to wear. We’ll even wet shave the sides and back and also offer full head shaves – for the same price as a regular haircut. If your are an active-duty soldier, police officer, or fireman, we’re proud to offer you a $5 discount. It is the VERY least we can do for those who risk their lives to protect us and keep us free!
Is it customary to tip (and how much)?
Barbers, like most people in the service industry, rely on tips as a part of their income. Tipping barbers is just the same as tipping in a restaurant, generally around 20%. Most clients tip $5-$10. Of course, the decision to tip is personal and you should tip whatever you feel is appropriate for the service you receive. If you ever feel the service you have received at AMERICAN HAIRCUTS is less than exceptional, please let one of the owners know.
How come you don’t do color?
We specialize in cutting hair. That’s all we do. Many in our profession make the mistake of trying to be everything to everybody and, as a result, lose focus and become less proficient in each area. Just as you wouldn’t go to a general practitioner for brain surgery, you shouldn’t go to a general stylist for a haircut. At AMERICAN HAIRCUTS, we give the best cuts because that’s all we do. Besides those chemicals stink