Seattle >Beauty > Gary Manuel Aveda Institute
1514 10th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.614483 -122.319446
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Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
Get a great cut and style at a fraction of the cost by the up and comers of the salon world. They may be students but don't worry - there's a licensed pro nearby watching their every move.
Great value and friendly people! – I live on the Eastside and wanted to save some money on getting my hair done. I tryed Gary Manuel Aveda Institute and what a great decision that was! I spent $52 for a full foil (even with toner). So great, the student I had was very nice, even the students next to me were striking up convos. So awesome. I will deff. be back for another service soon. As long as your patient and understand that you ARE WITH A TRAINING STUDENT, then you'll love it here. Parking is a pain but hey it's Seattle. They should have a lot for their students and guests or something. Thanks again Gary Manuel Aveda Institute! I'll be back! :)
Ask for Addison! – Major Points:
--Addison is amazing with both cuts AND color
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH HER ASAP!
--The G.M. Aveda Institute bends over backwards to make sure their clients leave happy with the end result. They check with their clients every step of the way. This ensures that you are happy with your hair AND that you enjoy the entire experience.
--They use all Aveda products.
Full Story (sorry it's so long, but it was such a good experience!)
I am a student at a nearby university and I discovered the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute last December when I cut 12+ inches off of my hair (which I LOVED!) However, out of convenience (and mom paying!) I had my stylist at home cut my hair when I went home for spring break. Anyway, I decided it was way past time to get another haircut and remembering my first experience at Aveda, I made an appointment with whoever was available (I actually got in the same day I called). I arrived, was offered tea or water and was introduced to Addison, the stylist assigned to me. Then, I went on back for my haircut. For those of you who have never been to the Aveda Institute before, they include a scalp/neck massage with every haircut. So relaxing! This alone is worth the $16 I paid for my entire haircut! I came in with almost shoulder length hair and just wanted a short classic bob. Addison knew exactly what I was talking about and after the required consultation with an instructor, went to work. The end result was AMAZING. I love it! My hair turned out great. I can literally blowdry it and go...and still maintain a finished, styled look.
So I had this amazing haircut, but it wasn't shown off to its full potential because I had about 2.5 inches of color grow out!!! So I immediately booked a color appointment with Addison for the following week. I had never had my hair colored at Aveda before but since Addison did such an amazing job on my cut, I wasn't even nervous when I came in today for the color. Plus, she approached my color very professionally and thoroughly. She was careful to ask what I wanted my color to look like, which tones I preferred, etc. Again, her decisions were checked by an instructor before she even started (they were right, by the way). Also, I have heard some people complain that Aveda takes forever. However, I came in today at 3 and was done before 6. That's pretty good especially considering that she touched up my bangs and styled my hair afterward AND has to consult with instructors throughout the process. (Sidenote: I had brought homework to do but had so much fun chatting with Addison that I didn't even do it the entire 3 hours!) The end result? AMAZING color. Exactly what I wanted. I mean...PERFECT. It is natural yet noticeable--a light, bright, shiny blonde that is the complete opposite of brassy or over processed hair. I can't stop admiring it! I didn't even know my color could look this good. Even the other students and instructors around me couldn't help but compliment what a good job Addison did!! I can honestly say my hair looks AMAZING.
If you want to enjoy the experience of your cut/color while it is being done and LOVE the results afterward...definitely go to the G.M. Aveda Institute AND ASK FOR ADDISON!
Great service, great price! – I've been coming here for about 2 years for facials and haircuts. I've received some great service for really cheap. Def come here, ask for a senior student, and you'll get great service!
I cried like the model girls in America's Next Top Model. – All I wanted when walking in was a trim. The staff had overbooked me on a previous trip so I was told that this haircut would be complimentary. When I walked in, the service was great. Everyone was friendly and nice and I was taken to my station. My hairstylist, who was introduced to me as a advanced student asked me what I wanted. I asked for a trim. He gave me a "hm...are you sure?" sort of look and then asked me to elaborate. I said, a trim. 2 minutes later, my hair is 6 inches shorter and asymmetrical! I was in complete shock! My hairstylist styled my hair, the instructor checked it. They asked me if I liked it and I must have said yes because I gave him a really nice tip, picked up my bags and left.
That night, I looked at my hair for the first time since leaving the salon and I burst out crying. I hated it! Everything about it was...off. So I picked up the phone, knowing full well that they were closed, and left a message at the salon, telling them that I got my hair cut, and that I hated it and that I would like them to fix it. I didn't hear back for 3 months, and 2 days ago I got a phone call from the salon asking if me if I called and offering another haircut to fix my hair. No thank you sir.
Please believe me that we pride ourselves in taking care of people--so no excuses--just a promise to do better. Our offer to have you return (on us) is still valid. If you would like to talk about this feel free to call me at 206.930.1544 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gary Howse, Co-Founder Gary Manuel
Good service, Not so great cut – I usually go to Gene Juarez training salon but thought I'd give this place a try. The experience itself was fine. But the hairdresser was poorly trained and had no idea what chunky bangs were or facial framing. Although I don't know much about hair styling I do know those terms from going to hair dressers for over thirty years. I left with two different hair cuts. The layering wasn't even blended in. I was very disappointed and had to get another cut to fix the mistakes by this poor student.
We're sorry to hear that our student didn't meet your expectations. We do have a training salon that is more similar to the one you were use to going to (Phase 3 by Gary Manuel) in Belltown. But, if you are unhappy in any of our companies we will do whatever it takes to make it right for you. Please contact me directly: Gary Howse, Co-Founder, email@example.com
great cuts, ok for color – I've had six visits there over the last eight months - and most of the time it's been a good experience. The cut's always fantastic. I have my hair colored dark auburn, and three times it's been a great experience - while three times it's been not-so-great. Elle was able to recover the color to a normal state after a student left me with extremely "hot orange" roots - but two visits later there was a another uneven coloring experience - and although Elle had taken great care of fixing the first oopsie - the second oopsie she wasn't quite so accommodating and had to be persuaded to fix it properly.
It is a good value for the services, so if you're patient, you'll eventually walk out with a great look.
I'll start by thanking you for your business. Guests like you make it possible for our Future Hair Designers to work on real people with real hair challenges. Your comments about being "accommodating" are well taken--we will discuss this with everyone. I commit that we will always make things right when they go wrong (it's really part of teaching great service--thanks for this opportunity).
Again, thanks for being there for us. If you ever need anything please feel free to contact me directly.
Yours in service,
Co-Founder/Gary Manuel AVEDA Institute
Best Beauty School in Seattle!! – Im a current student of the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute and I have to say this school is one of a kind. The educators are amazing, and they know what theyre talking about! Our "learning Leaders" are required to attend education courses often so they can keep up with the trends and pass it on. I really learn something new with every client.
When you enter the school you dont get that stuffy beauty school feeling. Its very bright and hip, im happy to come to such an inviting place. Which is saying alot because I have hated going to school since i can remember.
Phenomenal color, personable service at a bargain price – I had heard of the Instutute through a friend. I was on a budget and needed a less expensive alternative, so I made the appt. I was introduced to Laura, my stylist/student. We went over what color and look I wanted, and the Sr Instructor Elle came over to consult and advise. I had the 2 process color, Laura did a phenomenal job with the foils (a challenge since my hair is short), very professional and warm and fun. The color, the highlights & style turned out beautifully. I highly recomment laura, her professional and courteous service is to be commended...she has a great future ahead of her. I will be asking for her again! And what a bargain...here I paid at least half of what it cost me elsewhere, and left looking & feeling Fab..
Marley Performs Waxing Magic – Waxing has always been avoided due to fear of pain, but I was introduced to underarm and leg waxing that was basically pain free due to the spa student Marley's magic touch.
She explained what was going to happen and quick to sooth before the pain could set in when she pulled the strips. I am now a convert thanks to her.
I am so happy to have found her early in her career because I believe she will be hard to get appointments with after the word gets out - but I feel it only right to share good things when found and I think Marley is a GOOD FIND.
I've also had her 90 minute facial which was like heavenly relaxation.
It sure seems that this school has found natural talent and is teaching the technical aspects needed to have a real career. This one is worth following after she graduates from the school.
Great Coloriest! – I got a beautiful new color for the fall. A lovely red from Elizabeth. She then went the EXTRA mile and gave me a hand massage, and the very best blow-out of my life. I have naturally really curly hair and have been to really professional salons in California and no one could straiten it like the students here did. GREAT!!!! Took 3 hours, but it was worth it!
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