Returning to Austin 3 years ago, I've had nothing but bad to worse hair experiences. Everyone tried make me into something I'm not: cookie cutter Austin highlighted vacant-eyed blond. When I asked for dimension in my color and cut never got it, I thought I was just not communicating well. Then I went to Avant!!! First there was a session with Emily and her color team, who perform world-class headmapping color that is vibrant and quietly quirky without being outrageous. I went from ordinary to fabulous (I am older and they truly transformed me). When I was having the color done I watched all the creative personalized color work being done on others and the precise cutting that was tailored to the hair type and look of each individual. Emily recommended David for my haircut a few weeks later. He was AMAZING! Here is man with a passion for his work and for always learning more. I've had some great cuts at some of the top salons in the world and he's right up there with the best. After listening carefully to my likes and dislikes and carefully studying my partly curly, parly straight, partly frizzy hair, David carefully explaind what he was doing and talked me through how I should style my hair to wear it either curly, wavy or straight. Exquisite cutting, result: nothing short of fabulous, edgy without being in-your-face, which I need for my professional life. My hair now looks like me and no one else. Avant's focus on continual training & superb perfomance by all their artisans shows on every person who walks out the door here. Working in a service industry, I'd suggest that If someone has had a bad experience here, they were probably trying to ""drive the car"" (and do this in other areas of their lives as well ) instead of letting the experts do their work. Great hair design, from color to cut to care, is a personalized art form if done properly. Quiet ,comfortable,without pretention, Avant is a world-class competitor, right here in Austin. We're so lucky!
Pros: Fabulous Original Personalized Color & Cuts, great service from everyone
Cons: parking is a bit challenging but who cares if your hair looks great!