I'm so tired of paying nearly $50 for a haircut and getting just ok results. Today I decided to throw caution to the wind and try the Aveda Institute. I'm SO glad I did. Amber cut my hair and while I was a little nervous when I met her, she did a wonderful job. She listened to what I wanted, asked questions to make sure she understood and then ran it all by her instructor. (Aviva, who was as cool as her name.)
The salon itself is pretty no frills - but in a funky, industrial warehouse sort of way. Everything is clean and the high ceilings are interesting to look at while you're being shampooed. They use Aveda products, and they sell them as well. There is a full spa, offering treatments and services by students as well.
My cut took quite a while, but you should expect to spend a little more time than you would in a normal salon. These are students, so they are making sure that they do their best. Plus they have to have their instructors check their work before they style you. Aviva came by and evened up my layers a bit (nothing major), Amber dried and straighted my hair and I was out of there - for FOURTEEN DOLLARS.
I went on Friday afternoon and was able to park in one of the free spots right in front of the salon. On a nice day, you could walk it from downtown. (About a mile.)