233 Spring St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.725592 -74.004950
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
If you don't mind spending double the time it usually takes to get your haircut, these people do a great job at rock bottom prices.
I would NOT try to go here if I was a bride, a movie star or do to be back at work or the airport in 45 minutes.....
I've gone here on and off for 10 years and maybe had 1 bad experience.
I have been to the Aveda Institute for hair cuts and single process hair coloring with senior stylists. I have always been very happy. I used to pay about $200 from my stylist for the same services but since I lost my job, I have needed to cut corners a bit. I was initially very nervous to come. However, I have been extremely pleased. It sometimes is hard to get an appointment exactly when you want to prepare in advance and I would not recommend going on a weekend if you have a choice. They do have weekday appointments. All students are supervised every step of the way. The appointment itself might take a little while longer as the students take extreme care and are super careful but thats not a bad thing (unless you are in a rush). I will say that recently the prices went up so now my cut and color cost well over $100 with the senior stylist so I might need to go less often or possibly use a junior stylist.
AVOID THIS PLACE. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. – AVOID THIS PLACE. DON
Don't count on getting a haircut. – I had waited weeks for this appointment and was really excited about getting my hair cut there. I had my hair cut previously by one of their professional stylists and was very pleased. I felt like a nice cut would be uplifting and I was grateful for the discount. It was in the middle of winter and freezing cold outside, I made it over there, waited, was seated. I told the stylist what kind of cut I thought I'd like and he said ,"we don't do that here" . That was it. End of discussion. I was stunned. (Btw, the cut I asked for was bangs, not too short , a little shorter in the back.) I said, "oh, I just leave now..?" I mentioned what happened to the receptionist and she shrugged her shoulders. I left the place and stood shivering on the on the sidewalk for a few minutes, stunned. I was really hurt. I didn't see it coming. I walked in really looking forward to their service and this person was just plain old nasty. So, I guess, they can randomly decide they don't want to cut your hair. I advise you to ask about this when you make your appointment. Good luck!
student practice spa – It is a school, it is a school, it is a school!
I had the $50 self renewal facial which stated 90 minutes with foot AND scalp massage. I told the student five times my preference of stronger massage, but she kept on her gentle almost could-not-feel-it touches. When asked why no scalp massage, she answered it was one OR the other. Besides, the total service was only 80 minutes.
The whole service was relaxing though very chilly, since I was only half covered with a tiny sheet. She kept on putting different products on my face and did minimum extraction (which I could see my blackheads right afterwards.)
If you just want to experience Aveda's products and relax but not a facial, you could come here. Or save your $50.
Very bad cut, not worth saving the money. – I have very long hair. I thought.."they can't mess up a trim, right?" Wrong. I asked to have an inch taken off with a little long layers around the face. One side of my hair is two inches shorter than the other side. The layers are uneven, choppy and cut straight across so there is no blending of any kind. I was amazed at how bad it was. I had to pay to get it done a week later..I'm amazed people would go here for color. I can't imagine how that would turn out. I will never go back.
Quality depends, Supervision sucks – So, I went online and found a student to cut my hair by the name of Marie (lacongolove@hotmail is her email address, I still see ads for her on Salon Apprentice so she must still be looking for people). The haircut took 2.5hrs, and since she didn't know what she was doing, her supervisor had to come over and fix it for another 30 minutes. She sliced herself open halfway through the haircut really badly, and I could tell by the look on her face that she was new and wasn't sure of what she was doing.
To be honest, my hair looks ok. I ended up with something I wasn't looking for and it took far longer than it should have, but it isn't terrible. I am more angry about the supervision at this place than at Marie herself. She tried a number of times to get some help because she had lost whatever guide she was using for the length of the layers. No one would help her. She was very shy and perhaps she could have been more pushy about it, but being a med student I know how nerve-wracking it is to have to bug a supervisor a couple times who is grading you to help you out and how terrible it is to have no one help you while you are still new at things. The supervising at this place pisses me off much more than any haircut ever could. I've been to other schools, and this one is the worst in that department. I'm not going back.
Loved it! – My friend gave me the brochure from this place. She gets her hair cut and colored and it always looks nice.
I booked the Rejuvination Package and it was great! The student who gave me my facial and back treatment was not only professional but very attentive. I've been to many spas in the past and never walked away feeling and looking so great. The room where I was given my facial was more like a clinic, but for the price, soo worth it!
Not reliable so far... – I was excited about finally getting a chance to try the Aveda Institute and scheduled an appointment for a week in advance and when the day finally came around, I went in. The school was closed however and I am guessing because of the weather (snow) but when I called ahead there was no message about the closing, and since someone had called the day before to confirm my appointment, I thought maybe they would call as well and say they would have to resechedule because of weather. But no. Businesses were open that day even with snow but I guess since it was a school, they close without notice? Anyway, I called the next day to reschedule and they found a time the following week.
I was told a pretty late time, 7:45pm but if that was all that they had, I was fine with it. I have had a few friends who liked their experiences here. The week of my appointment, no one called to confirm, I went in anyway and when I arrived they told me that they only had appointments at 7:15 and that I was not even on their schedule....oh and unfortunatly it was too late to start a haircut. I was pretty upset at this point and found it pretty unreliable and unprofessional. When I declined making a 3rd appointment, I was told a manager would call me the next day, but as you might have guessed, no manager actually called.
AMAZING STUDENTS – OK FIRST OFF THESE ARE STUDENTS!!!
Second Tip your stylist just like you would anyone.
Third by law the instructor MUST approve the cut before and after, found this interesting.
Fourth, So many people want to come here and get a service one and they all wonder why there is a 3 week wait.
FIFTH IF YOU ARE SO UNHAPPY THEY DO REDO'S FOR FREEEEE
They are students its a earning experience, don't worry about hurting their feelings its constructive.
I've had color correction done and it was $97 and anywhere else would of been $350 + it wasn't perfect, but my stylist got it as light as she could, actually i asked her too, i just found it too light. So they gave me free low lights, 2 weeks later ( my choice so my hair could get healthy)
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