SPRINGFIELD, OHIO, May 15, 2011—When local salon owner, Clara Osterhage, sets her mind to something she’s unstoppable—and so is her staff. In a haircutting marathon on Saturday, May 14, Clara’s stylists at the Eastside Square Great Clips completed 392 Guinness World Record™ qualified clips to set a new world record for most consecutive haircuts by a team of ten in twelve hours.
“When I first learned that the standing record was 329, my immediate reaction was surprise,” said Osterhage. “I thought the number was pretty low considering we had greatly exceeded that number during past Great Haircut sales—completing more than 500 cuts on a sale day isn’t unusual for us.”
What Osterhage didn’t realize at the time was that strict requirements from Guinness, such as a minimum two centimeters of hair length removed and no buzzes, would mean many completed clips could not be included in the count. To validate what made the cut, a Guinness adjudicator was on hand from New York to document the event.
The team of ten Great Clips stylists at Eastside Square worked non-stop from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. According to salon manager Amie Morris, the team was on the verge of giving up. “As we worked throughout the day, everyone’s energy waned and we were mentally worn down by each cut that was rejected. Luckily, we got our second wind and cranked it up a notch when we realized we only had to complete eight more cuts each to get there!”
When the Guinness World Records adjudicator declared the official record of 344 cuts at the close of the 12-hour marathon, it still wasn’t time to celebrate. In true Great Clips style, the exhausted yet victorious stylists continued for another half hour to make sure every customer in the salon received a great clip before closing up shop.
In addition to giving Springfield, Ohio its first entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, the May 14 events at both Great Clips locations raised $6,027.21 for The Deputy Suzanne Waughtel Hopper Memorial Fund, a fund set up for a deputy’s family. Deputy Suzanne Waughtel Hopper was shot and killed during a shootout at Enon Beach Recreation Park on New Year’s Day.
“My stylists and I appreciate the loyalty of the Springfield community and this is our way of giving back,” says Osterhage. “We also feel privileged to do great work for such a great cause.”
Record No. 2 – A work in progress
The Great Clips salon on Bechtle Avenue near Texas Roadhouse and The Home Depot began its record attempt on May 14—most consecutive haircuts by a team in one week. All haircuts are $5.99 as part of the Great Haircut sale going on through May 20 when Guinness will be back in town to validate the more than 1,000 clips needed to establish a new record. As of end of day on Sunday, May 15, the salon was at 407 clips.
About Great Clips, Inc.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 30,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And, it’s more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In. To check-in online, visit www.greatclips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.