Since July 1974
From opening his first salon in 1974 to creating the first full-service hair salon franchise, Fantastic Sams founder Sam Ross is a pioneer in the salon franchise industry. Now, with over 800+ locations across the country, Fantastic Sams continues to lead the way.
It all adds up to a tremendous opportunity. And we’re not the only ones who think so: Fantastic Sams is the proud recipient of a number of awards, including ranking in the top 200 franchise systems by Franchise Times and recognition as one the top 500 franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
A Part of Dessange International
In 2012, we became a part of Dessange International, the premium-luxury European salon chain.
Franchising Since 1976
In 1976, he began franchising his concept, making Fantastic Sams the first national full-service hair salon franchise.
Whole Range of Services
cuts, color, waxing — at an affordable price. It would be a convenient, one-stop salon that would earn clients’ loyalty.
We currently have over 800+ salons in the U.S. and are planning for continued growth in the next few years
The Fantastic Sams Story
Our iconic salon brand has deep roots. Early on, founder Sam Ross observed the unique relationship between barbershops and their loyal clientele. Why not offer these reasonably priced services to the whole family?
In July 1974, Ross opened his first full-service hair salon, built on a formula of convenience, affordability and familiarity. In 1976, he began to franchise his concept, making Fantastic Sams the first national full-service hair salon franchise. Ross named the business after a compliment he received from a client after a particularly stylish cut: “That’s fantastic, Sam!”
The date Fantastic Sams was founded
size of the beauty industry
Fantastic Sams locations in the U.S
A Proud Member of the Dessange Group
In 2012, Fantastic Sams became a part of Dessange International, the premium-luxury European salon chain. Dessange helped us innovate our high-end concept, New Image salon. This is a top-to-bottom redesign of the Fantastic Sams salon experience that includes new logos, imagery, and a sleek, ultra-modern salon interior. It’s a high-end salon experience without the high-end salon price.
I tell my salon managers that one of the reasons we’ve been so successful is that we have a balance. My stylists come at the business from a technical side, and I come at it from a customer’s side and from having a background in accounting. I feel like I know the level of customer service people want in salons because I’ve been a customer. Between us we’ve got it all covered