Where to get a haircut in Greencastle, Indiana

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You need a haircut. But since you have no idea where to go, you don’t get one.  Your hair grows long and looks unkempt. And when your hair grows long and looks unkempt, members of the opposite sex will stay away and your parents won’t recognize you. So get a haircut. Here are a few places around town to try:

Larry McMaines (left), a locksmith on campus,
gets his hair trimmed by barber
Bud Thomas (right) at Dick's barbershop.
SAM CARAVANA/THE DEPAUW

Dick’s Barber Shop:

Around since 1924, Dick’s offers the classic cuts: tapered, flat top, Hollywood burr and high-and-tight. To top it all off, one’s given a shave around the neck and ears.

But in the eyes of Bud Thomas, who’s worked on and off for the business since 1989, Dick’s offers an atmosphere that is hard to find.

“It’s almost like a family gathering,” said Thomas in regards to the relationship between workers and clientele. “[And] the neck shave… you don’t get that every place.”

First-year Alex Buskin agreed.

“It’s calm and everyone is really friendly,” said Buskin. “It’s just three barbers and they like to chat, plus the haircuts are good and the price is cheap.”

If you like tradition, Dick’s Barber Shop is the place to go.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Price: $10

Hair Depot currently has four hair stations,
but only three hait cutters.
SAM CARAVANA / THE DEPAUW

Hair Depot:

Only a few stores down from Dick’s, Hair Depot opened two years ago, and offers a more modernized cut, specializing in color and perms.

“Hair Depot has always given me a quick and enjoyable haircut,” said first-year Danny Schultz. “The beauticians are very nice, and they always offer pleasant conversations during the haircut.”

While one might think the business feels the competition from Dick’s, it’s a different story.

“I wouldn’t consider it competition because we do something totally [different],” said a stylist, who’s been cutting hair for 40 years. “Any overflow they have comes down here to us, and they’re [Dick’s] fine with that.”

Prices and hours depend on the stylist.

Hair stylist Terry Rodrigez waits for a customer at her station.
SAM CARAVANA / THE DEPAUW

Great Clips:

While the local salon or barbershop suits some, Greencastle also has franchise chains, such as Great Clips.

“Our franchise is Future Keys, we’re the largest one in the area,” said assistant manager Staisy Sparks.

One thing that Sparks sees in Great Clips that makes the franchise stand out are waiting times.

“You can get right in… without an appointment… and get a hair cut, opposed to having to wait,” said Sparks. “

Along with haircuts, Great Clips offers shampoos, styles and Malibu treatments.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Prices: $12 for women and men

Identity Hair Salon:

Along with Great Clips, Identity is another franchise chain that DePauw students go to regularly.

“I really enjoy it there. It’s not overpriced, and they do a nice job,” said senior Emma Haynes. “They did my hair once for a formal as well and it looked really nice.”

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Price: Depends on stylist

DePauw University:

One also has the option of staying on campus, as some of DePauw’s very own students cut hair as well. One of these students is senior Jordan Bantista.

“Since freshman year, my friends had always cut my hair,” said Bantista. “I started watching how they did it and eventually started cutting their hair.”

First-year Osei KariKari also cuts hair for students.

“When I got to campus, I realized there weren’t many black barbers around…To cut my hair I had to go to Indy, and it cost about $30 for a haircut, and I thought that was ridiculous,” said KariKari, who started cutting hair this past September. I just went to Walmart and got a barbering kit, and I YouTubed how to cut hair, and I…went from there.”

Despite having to do a fair amount of work, Bantista enjoys giving hair cuts.

“It’s, for some reason, stress relieving, and feels as if you’re being productive,” said Bantista. “Being a perfectionish, it’s satisfying chopping off a lot of hair and making their hair look clean.”

Hours and Prices depend on Stylist (obviously)