Austin >Beauty > Avant Salon & Spa
507 Pressler St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.272788 -97.760802
Neighborhoods: Old West Austin
IF YOU VALUE YOUR HAIR--DON'T GO HERE – The worst ever. A bunch of young (read: inexperienced), silly girls that don't take their job (and other people's hair) seriously. The dreadlocked colorist (I can't remember her name) has destroyed my hair. It went from long and healthy to much shorter (I've since had to cut tons of it off because it's so ugly) and fried. The girl who cut it giggled that she hasn't been doing this long--and it showed in her "cut"...which looked like it had been done by a drunken man yielding a dull sword. The receptionist was rude and acted like she was royalty instead of the snotty hair salon receptionist that she is. My suggestion, if you at ALL value your hair, is that you go ANYWHERE else but this salon. What a nightmare. My poor hair :-(
The owner/manager has deleted most of the bad reviews – Be careful. I wrote a very bad review about Tina a few months back--I'm still crying daily at my disgusting, fried, orange hair--and it has been deleted. There were several reviews from others that were also negative and they too have been deleted. The owner/manager has obviously written to Citysearch and had the reviews deleted. I think this practice is unjust, unethical, and dishonest. It makes a mockery of the salon and of Citysearch. I stand by my review--Tina gave me a head of horrible, orange, Barbie-hair that will take another year plus to grow out. The young girl who cut my hair butchered it. GO TO RUDOLPH AND CARY AT PATH SALON. It's worth the money. I expect the "ethical" manager of this salon to delete this review soon. So much for using this as a forum for honest opinions of businesses.
Tina Spears is the "Messiah" of hair coloring!!!!! – Most unwanted hair color disasters are due to the lack of understanding of the basic hair coloring "laws" of color and how they apply to hair color. Tina Spears knows that hair color is not hair paint. She has mastered the art of color preception in that color is the reflection of light off your hair and not what you see as color. She knows the levels of degree from lightness to darkness and knows the color reflected or seen by her client's eyes. This is especially important for someone like me who hates "red" color in my hair. My pigment naturally picks up red tones if treated incorrectly.
I recommend TINA SPEARS at AVANT SALON for ANY color treatment. She will amaze you.
Best highlights and updo! – I have been going to the downtown location of Avant for awhile now. I just recently got married and Mandy, who does my highlights, did my updo for the wedding. It could have possibly been my favorite thing about my entire "outfit." I absolutely LOVED it. And of course she always does a great job on my color. I would not go anywhere else, or to anyone else.
Great Salon – I highly recommend this salon, and David in particular. He handles hair confidently (you can tell he knows what he's doing), he listens to your concerns and helps you figure out what you want, and then he gives you a superb haircut. Don't be off-put by his tattoos (although actually, they're pretty cool), he's a really nice guy and a gifted haircutter.
!!!!The sign out front should read WIZARDS AT WORK!!!!!!! – Returning to Austin 3 years ago, I've had nothing but bad to worse hair experiences. Everyone tried make me into something I'm not: cookie cutter Austin highlighted vacant-eyed blond. When I asked for dimension in my color and cut never got it, I thought I was just not communicating well. Then I went to Avant!!! First there was a session with Emily and her color team, who perform world-class headmapping color that is vibrant and quietly quirky without being outrageous. I went from ordinary to fabulous (I am older and they truly transformed me). When I was having the color done I watched all the creative personalized color work being done on others and the precise cutting that was tailored to the hair type and look of each individual. Emily recommended David for my haircut a few weeks later. He was AMAZING! Here is man with a passion for his work and for always learning more. I've had some great cuts at some of the top salons in the world and he's right up there with the best. After listening carefully to my likes and dislikes and carefully studying my partly curly, parly straight, partly frizzy hair, David carefully explaind what he was doing and talked me through how I should style my hair to wear it either curly, wavy or straight. Exquisite cutting, result: nothing short of fabulous, edgy without being in-your-face, which I need for my professional life. My hair now looks like me and no one else. Avant's focus on continual training & superb perfomance by all their artisans shows on every person who walks out the door here. Working in a service industry, I'd suggest that If someone has had a bad experience here, they were probably trying to "drive the car" (and do this in other areas of their lives as well ) instead of letting the experts do their work. Great hair design, from color to cut to care, is a personalized art form if done properly. Quiet ,comfortable,without pretention, Avant is a world-class competitor, right here in Austin. We're so lucky!
Austin and Avant ...... its good to be home – I have been traveling the world and have had the opportunity to go to some exceptional salons in Tokyo, London, New York, and Paris. I was a little worried about finding a hairdresser in Austin. I was excited to see that Avant was still around (it seems salons come and go), still winning awards, still hip yet not pretentious, and my stylist from 10 years ago, Daisy was still there. I went in for my visit last week and had a great experience. Daisys assistant Lacy gave me a great shampoo and massage (i love those Aveda scents), Daisy was a joy to visit not to mention a great haircut, then as I was checking out Jackie, Avants manager for as long as I can remember welcomed me back home. It left me feeling so special. Its great to be back in Austin.
Best Stylist, Best Salon, Best Experience – Getting a haircut at Avant Garde is a great experience. Why? Well, they have that blend of upscale professionalism mixed with a staff who seemed to actually LIKE people. It's wonderful to get a relaxing spa experience with the massage, the relaxing scents, and the beautiful interior, but having staff members who are giving fake smiles, running their practiced encouragement or questioning lines on you while their mind is somewhere else totally diminishes the experience. Julia, who was my stylist, was very genuine and when I asked for a little different shift in my cut (my first time ever having the guts to ask that of a stylist) she was incredibly accommodating and not at all upset or flustered at my request. She also recommended some amazing products that have my hair looking better than it has ever looked. My hair has always been horrible...thin shaft, not a lot of it, and frizzy on top of that. Now it looks smooth without being weighted down and even looks thicker.
I really liked that I could get an appointment within a couple of days of my phone call, which means that you're staffing appropriately. (The bull-sh#t of having to wait because you're so "exclusive" means nothing to me and I just go somewhere else when I'm ready for a cut.) I have to be in the mood to get a haircut for several reasons....it's a huge wait because the stylist is always running behind (it was NOT the situation at Avant Garde, I waited maybe 5 minutes because I was early), it's usually a huge expense for an average experience (well, it was expensive but not disproportionate to what I received in service and the products...not to mention joining the Aveda club AND getting a coupon emailed), I'll be back.
customer service ha – I have loved going into this salon for years! Rudy has been cutting my hair for as long as I can remember and about a year ago his now wife began to get rid of those dreadfull grays. Due to the fact that I travel I never book ahead, for I sometimes will cheat on Rudy and Carrie when on business in Canada. Well I called to make an apointment as was notified that they were no longer with the company. Then the little twitt on the phone explained to me she didn't have to tell me where they went they just left! Well anyway I was in whole foods and ran into an old friend who goes to Carrie for color and told me of there new shop on south congress! It is superb. Wine, coffee, bueaty, and Rudolph, Carrie, Gene, and a couple other favorite people from what once was a fine establishment! There salon name is Path!!!
Great salon, my stylist and colorist left though!! =( Does anyone know where they went? – Avant is a great salon, with great stylists and great atmopshere....but.....my stylist (Rudolph) and colorist (Kari) just left Avant! If anyone knows if they are still working let us know!!
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