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Clean Kutz Barber Shop

Owner Tommy Horton

By Joel Washburn
washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 2/17/21

McKENZIE — When one job opportunity ended, another career began for Tommy Horton, owner of Clean Kutz barber shop. Horton, a native McKenzian, worked at New Generations Furniture Company when it closed. He then bounced around factory to factory when he decided to become his own boss and own his own company.

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Clean Kutz Barber Shop

Owner Tommy Horton

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McKENZIE — When one job opportunity ended, another career began for Tommy Horton, owner of Clean Kutz barber shop. Horton, a native McKenzian, worked at New Generations Furniture Company when it closed. He then bounced around factory to factory when he decided to become his own boss and own his own company.

“It was one of the best decisions I have made,” said Horton of opening Clean Kutz. He said was tired of paying $30 weekly for his boys’ haircuts and thought he could become a barber.

He saw a television commercial for barber school and enrolled in Master Barber School in Jackson and graduated in 2014. In 2016, he opened Clean Kutz at 15750 Highland Drive, McKenzie, next door to Save A Lot grocery.

Five years into the business, Horton said he has built a business clientele from throughout the geographic area. Bethel students are very supportive of his business. He said he has clients, whether black or white, and loves the opportunity to please them.

“I love being creative,” said Horton. “Many times, they leave here looking like a new person.”

“A good hair style and a clean face can make you feel different about yourself. The feeling you get as a barber is incredible,” said Horton.

The business closed temporarily in 2020 as a state mandate for all barber and beauty shops during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the state applied more restrictions and allowed businesses to reopen.

In addition to haircuts, Horton offers a variety of services from simple eye brow arch to a warm-towel shave.

He said he, Joe Jones, and Jim Hawkins are the three barbers in town. Unfortunately, the school he attended closed and the nearest schools are in Brownsville and Clarksville.

There are cosmetology schools in the area and he said he would love to attend and advance his skills so he could then style ladies’ hair.

Business hours at Clean Kutz are Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 731-418-9326.

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