321 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.015511 -118.496279
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
SUCH A DEAL! – What's not to like about a VIdal Sassoon haicut, getting fussed over until the haircut is perfect, and being on the 3rd Street Promenade to shop afterwards? I have had haircuts all over the world, in some of the finest salons. This haircut ranked with the best haircuts.(It was even better than the cuts I got at Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills and London). My idea of a "good cut" is one that needs little attention to look fabulous, and looks good growing out for at least a month or 2). The drawbacks? It took over 2 hours, and most of that was waiting for permission to proceed. There was a "cattle call" feeling about the whole experience when I arrived(SO many people!)--however, my hair stylist and the instructor made me feel like I was the only person there, once I sat down. I hesitate to give this the 5 star rating it deserves only because I don't want to have to fight for an appointment in the future! I would recommend this to any age, any hair-type, men, women--they had someone for everyone. Excellent!
Great price! (+reply to Cathy333) – I used to go here when I went to college up in LA. I'd get the awesome student discount. Your personal experience of the academy depends heavily on who you get as a hair stylist in my opinion. I would go in with a group of friends and each one of us would come out with a completely different experience. Just keep in mind that this is an academy!
And as for Cathy333's comment, I assure you that kgirln's comment was made by a true customer and not by anyone working with the academy... that's my friend you're talking about!!! sheesh! lol
Great cut at a great price! – I went here for the first time a month ago and had a great stylist and instructor. I brought in pictures of possible cuts and they asked questions so that they would know exactly what I was looking for. Since what i wanted was a combination of the pictures, they actually cut the pictures so that the stylist could see what it would look like "combined." The instructor (Sal) was so great at explaining things and checking to see the progress. With the exception of one part in the back not being cut right ( i didn't notice until later otherwise would have had them fix it), the rest was an outstanding cut at a fantastic price! I had fun with both the stylist and instructor. The only downfall was the length of time it took, but that's to be expected at a training facility. I'd recommend going there with a clear picture of what you want OR having an open mind to be suprised by their creativity!
ATTENTION LESLIEMITCHELL – hi, idiot.. there is no instructor named dave so why dont you mind your business with your stupid culrly hair and go to supercuts.. thanks bye
Fashion Forward Hair at Friendly Prices – I read some of the reviews here of people with horror experiences, and it makes me sad that these reviews will prevent some from coming here. I would say that if you've never gone and you're curious, then please do try it out.
I've gone here numerous times over the past 4 years, and each time I've left with dazzling hair and color for a great price. Please know that this is a training school. You are going to be working with a student, but the instructor is to ultimately oversee the final product of your hair. If you are unhappy, then just let them know and they will usually comp your haircut and reschedule you for another one. You are going to be sitting there for hours, depending on the difficulty level of your haircut. Expect to spend a whole day if you are doing the cut and color combo.
When you make the appointment, ask about what type of class you will be attending. If you want a classic hairstyle, then ask for a classic cuts class. They will barely touch your hair if that's what you want. If you want something fashion forward, then by all means: go to their creative cuts classes. For some reason, the instructors and students go gaga over my hair, and I find that nothing but the absolute most love and attention go into my haircut. The instructors end up spending more time on my hair than the actual students. $25 for a pro hair cut is GREAT! Also, make sure you communicate exactly what it is that you want via photos or verbally. I just go with a general idea and it may not be exactly what I'd envisioned, but it usually ends up being a better cut. Also, boredom is your enemy. The students can get bored waiting for the teacher and end up snipping at your locks. Say something if you don't want your hair to be shorter than planned.
As far as color goes, they won't bleach or double process your hair. If you ask for it, they'll turn you down. You can get dyes, tints, and glazes that are 1 or 2 shades either way of your color though.
Vidal Sassoon Academy – I have been coming to the academy for about 7 years. Usually they managed to give me a fairly good cut. However, during the last year or so I have received the worst haircuts immaginable. John is the only person there that sees to it that my hair is done well. The worst was my last visit. I was seated with a young man, Joseph, who bragged about how great he was. The results were the worst. I bit my lip through the cut, and with the help of the instructor, the cut was at least.....shorter. When it came time to blowdry my hair, the student had NO idea how to blowdry. He claimed to be in his 8th month at Sassoon. After sitting there for way over 3 hrs., I finally told him I had to leave. My hair was a mess. He continually put product in my hair, and during the blowdry he constantly smoothed (mashed) my hair flatter and flatter. He did not know what he was doing. So, I figure that anyone who has been "trained" for 8 months, and can't even blowdry hair, there is something wrong with your system / classes. One side of my head had a clump of hair that was about 1 inch longer than the rest on the hair. In addition, he ask for my review sheet that I received when I signed in. I gave it to him, and he never gave it back; said we could discuss it after my appointment. I believe that he probably filled it out himself....with rave reviews....and it had my name on it. I resent being subjected to the kind of treatment I received there. Yes, I understand that they are students and I should not expect great things. But when the instructor takes a look and trys to compliment me into believing that the hair cut looks 'great', when in fact it's a disaster, I need to start going someplace else.
vidal sassoon academy in santa monica – They were rude! I went in for a hair cut and the instructor didn't even let me choose what type of style I wanted. They insisted on cutting my hair in this curly mullet type of style. I refused and he gave me attitude in front of about 30 people. I was trying to be nice and trying to explain that I would prefer my hair a certain length and he kicked me out. But that's better than me walking out with a mullet. In any case.. this is the worst service I had ever received from someone. I do not recommend this salon for anyone.
So bad it made me cry. – "I have hats."
Those are the only 3 words my friend said when she opened the door and saw me after my cut.
I cried the whole way to her house.
I didn't mind the 2 hour wait and my student stylist was fine. The fatal cut came from instructor, an arrogant, harsh British woman.
The last exchange prior to her butchering my head was, "Please don't give me a blunt cut. I want to keep my bangs like they are, soft and sideswept." "Right. Soft and sideswept."
And then she hacked.
2 minutes later, I told them that I was nervous about what I saw.
She actually said, "you wanted blunt and pointed and that's what we gave you. It's perfect."
When I started to tear up, she said, "we're an experiemental school. It's only hair. It'll grow."
I wanted to reach out, grab the scissors and take a chop at her hair and see if she felt the same way when it was her head we were talking about.
The only benefit was that I was crying so profusely that they comped my cut. But, it will take a lot more than $25 to have a pro at Maxime or Cristophe fix this mess. And worse, it will take months before it's even long enough to fix.
My hair looks awful. The back looks like Jake Ryan's girlfriend's hair from Sixteen Candles after he had to cut her hair out of a doorjamb. And the front is a weird mushroom cloud of odd-length pointy pieces too short to even lie flat. It looks like a 4-year old attacked me with scissors while I was sleeping.
The good news is that my friend has a lot of great hats. The bad news is that I'm forced to wear them for weeks or months.
These guys are self-important hair snobs with little or no respect for the person in the chair.
If the way you look is important to you, pony up the cash for a pro.
Ruined hair right before New Years! – I went to the salon at least 10 times over last 2 years. Most of the time my haircuts were really good, and I recommended the salon to my mom. She got her haircut today. I can hardly call it a haircut. It looked worse than a haircut a kid would do to a doll. The instructor was rude, when my mom mentioned that her hair was cut significantly shorter then she wanted. Throughout the process she reminded not to cut her hair too short, even brought pictures. My mom is 50 and she looks like she's missing hair in the back., and even the hairline is not straight. She's going to shop for a wig tomorrow - that's how bad and short (unfixable) it is. The risk of getting this bad a haircut outweighs the 10 good haircuts you might get if you are lucky to get a good student. They let incompetent unexperienced students practice on you, and instructor did not stop the student from ruining my mom's hair right before New Years. You are better off getting a $10 haircut elsewhere.
Almost the Best Haircut of My Life Back in July! – Truly, this was a master cut. I mentioned to them that I normally go to the Vidal Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills, and who normally cuts my hair there, but that I couldn't afford to go... The master teacher then got very involved in monitoring the cut -- let's keep this clear... I had an avant-garde haircut with avant-garde color and I got to Vidal Sassoon specifically for that because most other salons in LA can't cut short hair worth a nickel. The mark, though, of this fabulous cut is that this cut has grown out superbly -- so much so, that friends insist that I let my hair grow; with these great layers, I suddenly discovered I have wavy hair - something I haven't had since I was very small! It took six months for this cut to reach an awkward stage -- and we are talking it grew out from a very short cut. I am very, very pleased with what I got.
I went back for color in October and the colorist-instructor wasn't quite as nice as the one in July... and I learned I couldn't just say the name of the color I'd had, but I needed to know the number. My color is nice - and at a fraction of the cost of the colorist at the regular BH Vidal Sassoon salon.
Now, all this said -- I was very underimpressed with the cattiness shown by the stylist-learners to each other when I was there last summer. Frankly, too much teasing and I didn't want to listen to it. Granted, I was amongst students, but they were all adults, and, as they were all professionals, I expected more professional demeanor... the idea being what you practice is what you will perform.
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