400 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.987770 -93.254066
Neighborhoods: University, Marcy-Holmes
Wonderful place to get your hair done – My mother and I went to Aveda this past Thursday. I had Hannah to my hair. My mother had Samone. We had the most wonderful time there. We were treated so well. Our hair looked beautiful. We could not get over how great we looked for such a great price. We went into the shop afterwards and looked at some products. There was wonderful tea to drink from Aveda the whole time.
Thank you Hannah and Samone for such a wonderful experience. You definitely will see us back there again.
Great place for a girls day out! – The Insittue is such a fun place to go either alone or with friends and family. The people watching, services from head to toe, free tea, free shoulder massage and unbelievable prices are exactly what the Dr. orders to beat off stress. LOVE IT and go back every month.
Good cheap massage – Got an 80 minute massage today for $55+tax-which is a great deal. I think the student's name was Dana, she was nice and professional. the massage was just as good as any ive had elsewhere, better in some aspects. It was full body,which i wasnt quite prepared for, but it was nice. Unfortunately, less time was spent on my always painful back because of this, but thats not really anyone's fault. There was hot towels,neck stretching and even that fun karate-chopping you see them do on tv. ive never had any of that stuff done at any other massage place, so that was neat. The only unpleasantness was that there was no signage in the building to direct me where i needed to go, so i wandered around looking lost on each floor i came to, i actually ran into another girl who was lost looking for the same place as me.there was tons of students milling around everywhere and i cant help but feel like they were a little snooty,walking straight into me as i descended the stairs & whatnot..also,the room i was in was right by the bathroom,so everytime someone used the hand dryer i could hear it and every person walking by chatting.which wasnt exactly soothing, but hey,its cheap.
despite those pretty superficial drawbacks, the whole thing was great, i will go back sometime for relaxation, but maybe seek a more specialized massause for my back pain in the meantime.
Outstanding Experience! – This was my 2nd experience getting highlights and cut at the Aveda Institute. My 1st experience was great. My 2nd experience was outstanding! My stylist, Sara C, was professional, listened to exactly what I requested, and nailed it! I love my highlights and cut, she was very efficient and instead of taking the 5 hours (that I was anticipating), I was in and out in under 3 hours. And on a Saturday, to boot. Which is about how long it takes my regular stylist to do the same thing. The price was 3 times LESS than my regular stylist as well. I will definitely be returning for my next touch up...and I'll be requesting Sara C for sure!
Not Coming Back. – I work and live in the neighborhood. I loved Aveda. I would use them all the time when I wanted a facial or cut and color. I thought it was great . I liked that for a nominal fee I could help the students with hands on training. Sometimes it turned out bad but, most of the time every thing was great. They were always professional.
We usually call for take out at lunch but recently I started bringing some of my clients to the restaurants right in the area and during lunch hour. I see the students out in their black uniforms and name badges and they are drinking booze. I just figured that they were done for the day until last week on my way to the bathroom I heard one of them say to their server " We'll be right back, we have to go clock in." Then they came back, finished their drinks and food, paid and left.
It make me wonder if everytime I've had a bad haircut it's because the student tied one on during their lunch break. I will not pay to be some drunk 21 year olds guinea pig ever again.
Better than my regular salon! – I went to the institute after getting a $250 quote from my regular salon for a corrective color. I was worried that letting students perform the procedure was a bit risky but decided to do it anyways and I am so pleased with the result! The instructor paired the original student I was assigned to with another student and both students worked so hard to achieve the look I had requested. The instructor checked back several times throughout the day and was very attentive. The students worked through their lunches/breaks and did not complain once about having to process my hair multiple times! I think my regular stylist would have complained about having to work as hard as the students did! The end result was just what I had asked for and at 1/4 the cost, I was so excited I have been referring all of my friends there for colors. I have been to various "beauty schools" and do think that your experience depends on the specific school as well as the student. They ARE students and some may lack the professional courtesy (not the students that I worked with!) that a stylist with years of experience may have so it can be a toss up but I would highly recommend the institute if you are looking for a new color, cut or just a fun style. The only downside was that I was there for most of the day whereas my regular stylist probably could have completed the process in less time, the overall savings and experience was well worth the extra time!
Cheap Haircuts and Relaxation! – I've been going to the Aveda Institute for years and have never left with a bad hair cut. Sure, a few times they've taken a little more off than I wanted, but in the end, I've always been pretty happy with the outcome.
For $14, who can complain too much? I agree with another poster about not leaving tips though. These kids are in school from 9-5 five days a week so it's not like they can have much of a job outside of school. They are learning their trade by working, much like a person gets an internship before going off to the real world. So please give them at least 15% of the cost of your service! You would have paid at least that much at a regular salon anyway.
worst hair experience--save your money and go someplace else! – ---VERY busy, no personal care
---I received an awful haircut--she cut off 4 INCHES more than I asked
--went darker on my color rather than lighter and refused to fix it.
---I spent 6 HOURS at the salon for a cut and color
Even though it is less expensive than other places, it is definitely not worth it!
It's a school, for heaven's sake – Know yourself before going to the Institute! Ask yourself the following questions: 1) Do I have a large chunk of time on my hands? 2) Could I sit in one place for several hours at a time? 3) Do I believe that "it's just hair and it will grow back"? If you answered "yes" to those questions, the Institute is a great way to save money on a haircut. But if you don't like unprofessional students stopping your service to walk over to another student to gossip and giggle, this is not the place for you.
Best Hair Cut and color ever – I was a little nervous about going to the institute after reading the reviews. My appointment pretty much started on time and the staff was super friendly. After moving to the Twin Cities a couple of years ago, I have struggled finding a good hair dresser. I know that the best graduate from the Aveda Institute so I decided to give the school a try. My appointment lasted about 4 hours but the service was incredible and the outcome of my cut and color was great. I know that I will return. The students at the institute do a wonderful job.
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