Before the invention of scissors, hair could only be shortened via naturally occurring escalator snags and inevitable bonfire curiosity. Snip strands the newfangled way with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a custom men’s haircut (a $32 value) from MENSDEPT., located downtown on Washington Avenue.
MENSDEPT. is an inventive downtown men’s grooming station that aims to transform routine barbershop trips into aesthetically ascendant experiences. Founder and scissors tamer Kurt Kueffner opened the salon in an effort to offer simple, effective, and high-quality men’s salon services. Each staff member receives at least 60 hours of hands-on training from Kurt before heading into the many-headed fray, so by the time she begins your ideal haircut, she’ll have already mastered common stylist training challenges, such as crew-cutting her way through a fire-filled obstacle course. MENSDEPT. emphasizes superior results over atmospheric gimmicks; rather than the Velcro walls and Dyno Jumps that some men’s salons use to lure patrons, expect a simple yet strong customer community and naturally envy-inducing haircuts.
MENSDEPT. is home to a diverse staff that can provide a range of cut and color options, so feel free to consult with an experienced follicle wrangler before settling on a new style. The sleek, ultramodern salon is decked out in gleaming floors, wood-paneled and whitewashed walls, and symmetrical décor for an environment that's as peaceful as it is useful. Great for monthly touch-ups, once-a-year un-dreadings, and rebels who refuse to conform to the trend of casual men’s hairnets, MENSDEPT. offers singular, snip-based style deliverance.
This Groupon is valid for new customers only. It is not valid for in-office visits.
- Perhaps most impressively, Kueffner’s salon offers office visits. The MENSDEPT. will send a stylist to any Downtown office for on-the-spot services. – Gregory J. Scott, Downtown Journal
- …simply a good men's cut at an affordable price, executed in a short amount of time in amiable, well-wrought surroundings. – Drew Wood, Minnesota Business
In David Raccuglia's "Modern Man Portrait Series," impeccably dressed models of masculinity such as Jack Nicholson, Gary Oldman, and Iggy Pop pose in stark black-and-white photographs. The series hangs on the wall of the MensDept. as a reminder of the significant difference proper grooming can make to a man's appearance. It's a difference founder Kurt Kueffner spent 15 years showcasing for salon owners as he toured the country demonstrating men's haircutting techniques to fellow stylists.
When he decided it was time to put that teaching into practice, he opened MensDept., an upscale salon staffed only by stylists who have received at least 60 hours of hands-on, one-on-one training from Kurt himself. They base each cut on the client's hair type and head shape, rather than on meeting the daily mohawk quota mandated by local law. Beyond blending grays naturally into darker strands, the team can rejuvenate hair with customized color or conduct cuts at the client's office on weekdays until 3 p.m.