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“Although the bathrooms weren't great, I had a private, comfortable treatment room.”
“asked around town and heard from a few people that the Aveda Institute had great services.”
“Excellent facial, very affordable”
Not what I expected from an Aveda Institute!. I have been going to the Aveda Institute in Seattle for years (and even worked there briefly) so while I was visiting family in Georgia I decided to take a chance and go to the AI in Atlanta. I trusted the brand and didn't think it would be risky, since I know what Aveda is all about. This experience was totally different from my experience in Seattle, however. I went in for a bleach and tone to get my new growth touched up and made a beautiful blonde to match the rest of my hair. The toner was burning my scalp though, and I told the student who was doing my hair and she washed it out. She told me if it wasn't toned enough, we could try it again to get it to the right. Well, my hair was orange and hideous. There were also brown spots where she didn't work the bleach in well enough. It was awful. I begged them to finish it, but the story changed and they refused to do anything more to it that day. I understand they were trying to protect my scalp, but they shouldn't have told me we'd be able to try again if that wasn't true. I left nearly in tears, and very disappointed that I had to spend another tank of gas and 3 more hours fighting traffic to drive to Atlanta the following day. The next girl who worked on me was able to fix it mostly, but now there is a white halo around the crown of my head where the first girl overlapped the bleach onto hair that had already been bleached last time I got a bleach and tone. Also, they tried to charge me an extra $20 for extra product to run the toner through the rest of my hair, when I had already payed for a bleach and tone for long hair the previous day. I got the feeling that this Aveda Institute was more about squeezing every penny out of you for shoddy service than providing excellent service at a fair cost. I would never go here again and I wouldn't recommend this place. Just goes to show how much difference management makes at different locations!
HOLLY is outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Great! Although there are students here (and yes you shoul be aware of that.... obviously!) they take great pride in their work and learning. I came in looking for a change- for cheap obviously. Holly was OUTSTANDING!!!!! one of the instructors was there step by step helping create my new Asymmetric look. I have gotten so many compliments and i love it. it was a great change and i was very impressed. Yes it does obviously take longer since their is instruction involved, but if you want to get all that fluff and a quick cut pay 10's more. Go to Aveda and ask for Holly!
It is a school. I am an aveda graduate, not from atlanta but from another aveda institute. I just want people to know that it is a school, students go there to learn the basic skills. It is not anyones fault when a bad stylist comes through. Just like everything else some people are gifted and some are not, and how you figure that out is to GO TO SCHOOL. I would highly recommend any aveda institute to someone who is not overly picky and is open to change. They will not let you leave with a terrible haircut.... it may not always be what you want, but it would not be bad. And the same with color. The institute I attended they would always offer to redo your color for free if you did not like it. I just hate it when people go to a school and expect perfection. These students are only in school for 10 months and 3 of that is classroom. They are not experianced professionals. Thanks
Inconsistent but average. Aveda is one of those places where the quality of the work is so unpredictable because the students graduate so soon. Therefore, you probably only get to go to the same person twice or maybe three times and then they pick a new person for you. If you want a nondramatic cut (like a trim) then I would go here. If you want to do something dramatically different with your cut, I would not go here as they are not that experienced with hair (most of the time the instructors have to show them what to do). For the price, I liked my highlights 80% of the time. There have been some occassions where my highlights were not as nice as other times, but overall you get what you pay for. I'm very picky about my highlights and I've been to nicer salons and ended up liking the highlights I've gotten at Aveda Institute more than the nicer more expensive salons. The one thing I hate is you can't request a level. When you go for an appointment, unless you give them a name you get who is available that day. They have 3 levels at the salon and the higher the level the more experienced the stylist is.
This is a school. Hey, People! Hello...???? This is a Freaking SCHOOL. People right out of high school move to Atlanta to attend this cosmetology SCHOOL so that people like you can get a cheap cut or color (spa services if you choose) and still feel cool, and tell all your friends you use Aveda products.. If you want to be a nit-picky cry-baby, then go pay full price for your service! Don't ask a student who has been training for a couple of weeks in each different department (cut, color, styling, etc.) to give you an "Aveda" quality service. Let them get out into the world and get some experience a little bit before you go tearing their world apart, because you don't like your dollarfifty hair cut! Excuse me, but am I the only one who has read the disclaimer on the door stating "services provided by students under supervision"??? Who does not read that, and understand you are walking into a school where you are acting as guinea pigs for 18+ year old kids who are LEARNING ?? Good Lord, people. and by the way, AVEDA is a brand of products, not the name of this school, not the name of any salon out there, they are a brand name. Like Kelloggs. Now, go buy some shampoo.
Lousy hair cut.
I heard about Aveda through a friend. The reviews here also seemed decent, so I decided to give it a try. I had shoulder length wavy hair, which I wanted cut and layered.
I asked the student for suggestions...she told me that she would reduce the length and would do a point cut which would have the appearance of layers.
Even though she seemed thorough with the washing, the cutting took a while, which in itself would not have mattered if it had turned out ok. But, the cut made it seem like I had worn a tepee on my head. My wavy hair was standing out, despite the products that she put in it. The cut had in fact achieved the exact opposite effect. Instead of appearing less dense, my hair now appeared more dense and unruly.
For a student of hairstyling, certain things should be apparent. It was apparent that the cut totally did not suit my look. The supervisors seemed too nonchalant to notice anything.
I would hate to rate a place poorly based on one visit. May be there are better students, but I probably wouldn't risk another visit.
Great services even for men. For the past two years on January 26, I have been taking the time to unwind and have two great services done. I started in 2006 shortly after moving to Atlanta with an idea, do something just for me and alone for a few hours on my birthday. After much thought; I decided to do a massage and facial after having a good lunch. I asked around town and heard from a few people that the Aveda Institute had great services. After calling around and fretting over having a facial done because I am not used to having any type of services done besides my barber telling me that my beard would at times cause my skin to be irritated due to facial hair growth, I set an appointment with Aveda and the services were great. The massage and facial where superb; I enjoyed the services so much I've made it a tradition. My first time experience with services like the ones they have at Aveda opened my eyes to good personal treatment for men and my second time was better than my first.
Great Facials!. I just got back from a one hour facial with Lea, and it was wonderful! It was in the community room; where there are about four other beds, but everyone is so quiet you won't even know they are there. Yes, it is a "school," so it won't have the total spa atmosphere, but the value for the price is awesome! Lea was very informative and gentle, and she made recommendations for products because I asked. She didn't pressure me to buy anything. You can't beat it for $35!!!
Don't get your hopes up.
Aveda is a salon for stylists in training which explains the amazing prices ($12 for a cut). However, for that reason, I would not suggest going there for a complicated cut or a dramatic change. I have been there several times and usually leave satisfied but not impressed. If you have a simple hairstyle and just want a trim this is the place to go. (As opposed to paying $50 at a trendy salon).
My last haircut was actually done by an instructor and turned out horribly. I'm sticking to more professional salons in the future but will still recommend Aveda to those who want a cheap cut and are very easy to please.
Horrible Haircut!. I just recieved the worst haircut of my life yesterday! I had long hair halfway down my back and now it's almost to my shoulders! The layers are terrible and it looks like someone put my hair in a pony tail and hacked it off! Beware
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