233 Spring St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.725592 -74.004950
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
I got a bad bad Haircut!! – I read all the great reviews, and decided to save a few bucks and try a student cut. The girl I got was very sweet, I asked her how long she had been cutting hair, and she said 3 months, which worried me.... She totally did not know how to handle the scissors and comb. She kept parting and clipping my hair over and over, before she actually cut anything - and when she did, she cut her fingers - The she had to stop and put a band-aid on. The good thing is she did not cut much hair off (half an inch tops), but left me with a sort of Q-tip / mushroom shaped hairdo. I wanted a shorter cut anyway, so I am getting a real haircut at my usual - Geoff Merritt Salon - which is excellent for curly hair.
Great find – I wasn't sure what to expect going in but this was a great experience. I had an appointment so I maybe waited 5 minutes tops. I got a great haircut, great customer service, and it was only $20! I will def be back for my next hair cut :)
Best experience ever! – If you want a great facial or an excellent and a very cheap haircut/style change, then you must visit the Aveda Institute NY at 233 Spring Street. You may have to wait to get an appointment and expect to spend some time being "styled", but it is so worth it!!!
The staff and students are very friendly and professional, and they really listen to you, unlike a lot of stylists who are "experienced". The products that are used are the best, and I highly recommend getting some if you like the look and feel of your hair afterwards.
Rude desk staff, takes forever – The haircuts are generally good, but the staff at the front desk is incredibly rude. And they take forever. With so many salon schools and salon training nights in NYC, this one is definitely not worth it!
very good haircuts, a little tricky to get appt, some variations in cut – overall, its such a great deal. its a nice place, nice setup. you don't know exactly who you're going to get but all haircuts have been good or very good to great - some are better than others. I think I ususally pay around $18.
Great facials, haircuts too - with some caveats. Read on... – i went to the Institute for a facial and a haircut. The facial, as always was fabulous... the haircut was the first I'd gotten there, so I was a little nervous (especially after reading the reviews here!). My previous haircut had been a good one, so I just asked for a trim, nothing drastic - although it took a while (about two hours) and was a little nerveracking at first, I am really happy with my cut.
Rest assured, they call an instructor over before and after the cut, so they know whether you got what you asked for... and the instructor will snip a little here and there if he/she feels necessary, so you're not walking away with uneven hair or something.
For the less than nice reviews on here -- Unless you're a student, on a student budget, and can take risks with your hair, I don't know why you'd risk coloring and/or cutting their hair here.. they are students. and it's a very cosmo-school-like atmosphere, so it's not like you'd forget that and expect something you would from a high end salon. For the less brave who just need a quick non-drastic cut, this place is great.
It's a real deal. – I have been coming to the Aveda student salon for about a year now. I am always pleased with the results of my haircuts. Some times I feel slightly more satisfied with how things turn out, mainly based on the skill of the student. I have found that mostly all of the students are precise but some are more tentative than others to take risks. The best cuts end up coming from the student who is confident with her/his shears. I received an awesome cut last week from a woman named Allie. She didn?t spend a lot of time with small talk (I personally like that. I tend to like to relax in quiet when I?m getting my hair cut and styled) and she seemed to be able to visualize the cut before she did it. I think that that is real skill. She made my hair look healthier and gave it a real gorgeous shape and styling. I?m thrilled with how my hair looks. Thank you Allie!
The only bad part about coming here is that you probably won?t get the same stylist again. But, for a twenty dollar cut and blowdry, I can?t really complain. It?s a real steal. For the service, the products used and the care taken, this cut is worth several twenties more!
Consistent. – I have been going to the Aveda Institute for the past 3 years and it has been extremely consistent. I have only had one student that I really disliked - it was only for her tacky personality and lack of couth - my coloring turned out fine.
You really can't beat a color and cut for less than $60 - I have never had them lighten my hair (don't think I ever will), but if you need basic, no frills work done you are safe here.
The instructors are weird sometimes - they make you feel as though you've done something wrong. Whatever - go anyway.
Addicted to the Aveda Institute – I love this place! I am here as often as I can, and have never had a poor service. I love their 90 minute facials, waxing, and have always gotten a great haircut!
Please don't subject your hair to their colorists – Worst experience of my life. The colorist turned my light brown hair white by stripping all of the color with an enlightener making me look like a clown and offering nothing but attitude when I didn't like it (which is laughable b/c I looked so ridiculous). Management didn't care either. This colorist had been through the whole program and was in her last week of training. I still had to pay for the service and it has taken me 6 months and a thousand dollars going to the top colorists in NYC trying to get this fixed. Do yourself a favor and don't have a student destroy your hair.
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