Park City’s Cost Cutters expands to Salt Lake
It’s not every day value haircut franchises open in Park City. But it is also not every day that value haircut salons offer full color, cut and waxing services.
Park City’s Cost Cutters Owners Corey and Debra DeCamp said that’s the draw.
"We are a full service value-oriented salon for the whole family," Corey said. "That’s the difference. We offer full service for women and men."
The DeCamps opened the Cost Cutters value salon at Quarry Village in Jeremy Ranch a year and a half ago. And, apparently, the business has done well. This last week, the DeCamps were able to expand Cost Cutters to Salt Lake, where they opened shop on Van Winkle Expressway. The Salt Lake salon’s first client was Tristan Gale, local Utah Skelton athlete and Gold Medalist of the 2002 Olympics.
"We opened [last Saturday] morning and she was our first client," Corey said.
"It was an honor for Tristan to be the first to ‘take the chair’ at our salon in Salt Lake," Debra said.
Gale may be remembered for highlighting her hair red, white and blue when she took the Gold for America at the Olympics five years ago. She is now coaching the Italian and French skeleton Olympic teams and will be leaving for Calgary soon, Gale said.
The Salon’s Manager, Kenna Martin, styled Gale’s hair. She said it was fun to have her as the first client. Plus, she said, she was easy to work with. Martin colored Gale’s hair a natural auburn on top with a custom-mixed, fashion red shade underneath at the nape of Tristan’s neck. She finished the style with a lightly layered cut to show off the shades of red in her hair.
"She took a seat and told me to be creative," Martin said. "She’s my favorite kind of customer."
Gale said she absolutely loved her new hairstyle.
"It was great, it only took my dad a full day to realize my hair was pink in back," Gale said about her new hairstyle. "They called and said they wanted an athlete to be the first client. There are so many athletes living in this area, so it was nice to be included in something different."
The DeCamps decided to open a Cost Cutters franchise in Park City when they noticed the need.
"When we moved to Park City, we looked at many [business] suggestions and we saw such a need here for [Cost Cutters]," Corey said. "We met with Regis Corporation [and] we liked the concept of a full service value salon."
Corey said he and his wife quickly found they were right about their decision to open the franchise.
"People want to look good and we have a great way for them to do it in an affordable way," Corey explained. "That’s why it’s doing well. Cost Cutters wasn’t in Utah. It is all over the country, it’s just no one had brought them here."
Corey explained that Cost Cutters offers the same hair styling services as regular high-end salons in town, but doesn’t require appointments, it’s affordable and it offers full waxing and hair coloring services. It’s also for the whole family. Mom, dad and kids can all have their hair styled in one visit, Debra said.
"We’re really trying to address everybody in the family," she said.
Adult haircuts begin at $14.95, children cuts at $10.95 and color services start at $24.95.
The DeCamps said one of the biggest hair coloring trends at Cost Cutters right now is the men’s Redken Camo Color. Debra said while hair-coloring or highlights can frighten some men, many Parkite men have already caught on to the concept.
"These men all have some vanity in them, too," Debra jokes. "[Camo Color] doesn’t cover all of the gray, it just takes out some of it and it doesn’t [show] the roots when it grows out like women’s hair does."
Corey agrees that it’s a great way for men to cover up gray.
"This is a no-fuss men’s color line for the salt and pepper man who would like a little more pepper," Corey said in a press release. "It processes in 10 minutes right at the shampoo bowl for a quick and affordable service priced at only $29.95."
The DeCamps are originally from Southern California and Arizona, but moved to Park City after vacationing here. They ran a Farmer’s Insurance Agency in Scottsdale, Ariz. for 10 years, which they still own and commute to as needed, Debra said. But, like most avid Park City visitors, the town quickly grew on them.
"That’s the great thing – it’s not a hard town to make friends in Park City because you’re not the only one who’s moved here," Debra laughs. "We enjoy the spirit of the town. And the people – how do you explain you just love the vibe of things here. It’s family-oriented, but athletic. I’ve never been anywhere like it."
The DeCamps moved to Park City in 2005 and live in Silver Springs with their two daughters, Madison, 9, and Morgan, 6. Debra said her daughter, Madison, received some fun fashion coloring in her hair to match Gale’s while she was at the salon.
"We have been calling it peek-a-boo pink," Debra said. "It was subtle, but she loves that she has this little pink-colored hair underneath."
Debra said Cost Cutters specializes in fashion hair highlights like the ones in Gale’s hair. She also mentioned the salon carries full lines of designer hair products, including Redken, Paul Mitchell, Biolage, Matrix and more. She said Cost Cutters also offers great discount prices on products.
"We’re always priced better than anywhere I’ve ever seen them," Debra said.
There is also an e-mail program Cost Cutters Web site hosts, where clients can open free accounts to receive reminders for hair appointments and deals on products, especially during the holidays.
The DeCamps said they plan to bring Cost Cutters to other cities in the state since the salon in Park City has done so well. Cost Cutters is located at 3126 Quarry Road at
Quarry Village in Jeremy Ranch. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary. For more information, visit http://www.costcutters.com or call 645-0603.
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