I went to the school with hesitation due to the reviews I had read throughout the web, but a friend of mine convinced me to try it anyway. Boy I am glad I did! Now let me start off by saying if you are going for the ambiance and luxury then you will be greatly disappointed. This is a school not a Spa, at a spa you will pay for the ""spa"". I have been 4 times now (mani, pedi, full highlights, cut, full dye, and facial) and not once have I been disappointed. I also bring my 8 yr old daughter with me and have gotten her a mani, pedi wash trim and style, the students there treat her just as well as they treat me. But let me please ask, you know your children, mine can hang with the big boys, she does not run around and get into everything, she likes to sit back and be one of the girls, this is not a day care so don't treat it as one, for the sake of everyone! Needless to say I don't care about the water cooler gossip or the disposition of the instructors (which I have never experienced myself) I have always walked out feeling great, I can actually say the last time I went for a full set of high-low lights it was the best job I have ever received.
Description of myself: I always question who is writing reviews(BTW this is my first ever) so let me describe myself, I am 32 with two children (8 & 12) I am married. my hair is below my bra strap. I have always been one of those girls who has invested a lot into taking care of myself. I am no stranger to cosmetic enhancements or high end spa retreats. I have lived all of the world/US and have experienced many different salons. Like I mentioned in the before I was hesitate to go and again let me also emphasize this is not a spa, it's not even a super cuts (ambiance wise) but it does have some hard working students that are eager to learn and do the best job they can, and I have experienced that every single time. Not to mention you can not beat the price, even with a $30 tip it's still way cheeper then I have ever paid. My advice it try it yourself, don't be a snob and judge a book by it's cover. Good luck in your search hope this helped. Oh one last thing, this is a school, it will not be fast, prepare accordingly do not go in and expect highlights to take the normal 2 1/2 hrs (students..learning) takes time, make a day of it like I do then you do not feel rushed or stressed to get out of the chair and rush the poor student through the process...just a suggestion :)