First off, Citysearch needs to update the address. (As of Dec. '11, it's on Peachtree NOT Piedmont.)
My few previous experiences with bargain--priced hair salons were fairly awful, so I was reluctant to make this appointment to be styled by a student. VERY GOOD results! And unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find the cut any more time-consuming than at typical salons.
Some tips to make the most of this surprising bargain:
1) Ask for a GRADUATING student for a few dollars extra, and you won't feel like a guinea pig. I paid only $21 for my cut and the differences between this and any other Aveda salon experience were minor: an instructor came over a couple of times to consult with my stylist; I was asked to fill out a satisfaction check-list at the end; and the atmosphere of the room was busy and noisy rather than laid-back and spa-like.
2) Go in knowing what you want and be clear. I specified long layers with a side-swept fringe, and that's exactly what I got.
I'd give you my stylist's name, but since she's about to graduate from the program, it's not relevant to this review. Suffice it to say, she has talent and has been well trained. When it came time to cut my fringe/bangs she did the blow-dry first, since hair gets shorter when it dries and she knew I was concerned about the length. This is a smart step that many experienced stylists skip.
In summary, I'm delighted. I won't call this the best haircut I've ever had, because the best are typically the result of a detailed consultation, a daring mood, and some creative freedom on the part of the stylist. That isn't what I asked for this time. What I hoped for - and received - was a very good technical cut for the price of a hack job.
I'll be going back for color and might even splurge on highlights, having seen some respectable color work emerging from the surrounding chairs.