What generally happens to men who have relatively thick hair is to strategically leave it long in the back or sides above the ear, as the purpose is to play the numbers game and get you to come back sooner. I would believe this is what they are taught at Great Clips clinics after they receive their cosmetology license. They are usually plenty friendly enough, so it usually works and the cost can be about the same as a good cut once a month at a full service salon. But be forewarned.
They keep the chair back far from the mirror, keep the lighting dim enough to not really see what your getting, and are empathetic about showing you the back of your head, how nice and straight and flat it is, but do not want to discuss any other spot that was cut, because the purpose is to get it enough to get you out the door. It could be too they are not trained with thinning shears.
Finally, be wary of women who are 'not so cute' (i.e heavy set goth girls, those that smell of smoke, and on occasion broken English). They can be sadists and dig your scalp hard with the comb, hold your ear back an extraordinary long time, and on occasion, poke you with the scissor ends.
But all that said, I usually have a great cut if the girl happens to be cute. Problem is, they don't usually stick around there long.
Monetary Loss: $20.