Athena Aveda Salon Spa

★★★★☆
  • 425 Boylston Street

    Boston, MA 02116

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  • 617-267-3080

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I went to the Athena Aveda Salon/Spa to try out their threading services. I get my eyebrows waxed from time to time, but every time I do, I secretly dread it, fearing the wax may be too hot. I'd heard about threading but didn't know anything about it. After my service at Athena Aveda, I'll be going down that route again.

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★★★★☆

I went to the Athena Aveda Salon/Spa to try out their threading services. I get my eyebrows waxed from time to time, but every time I do, I secretly dread it, fearing the wax may be too hot. I'd heard about threading but didn't know anything about it. After my service at Athena Aveda, I'll be going down that route again.

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I have been going to see Olga Bulycheva of Athena Aveda for years, and because of this have always been known for having 'good hair'. People stop me on the street asking me who did my color, where did I get such an awesome cut, if I got my hair done in NYC... it got to the point where I had to start carrying Olga's cards around with me. A couple times I thought I would venture out and see what other stylists were out there, and have always come running back begging for her to fix it.
Basically this... Olga is amazing, Aveda provides amazing product and terrific color options, especially in reds and blonds (which I typically opt for).
Everyone that I have ever referred to Olga has thanked me for it and has become a steady client. Even my most conservative friends, who were initially a bit nervous because of Olga's unique and funky style, told me "She really listened to what I wanted, and didn't try to push me to do anything I was uncomfortable with".

Frankly, Olga is magic and I am lucky to have her as my stylist...If you want the best cut and color in Boston, I suggest you find her!
- You wont be sorry.

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★★★★★

I have been going to see Olga Bulycheva of Athena Aveda for years, and because of this have always been known for having 'good hair'. People stop me on the street asking me who did my color, where did I get such an awesome cut, if I got my hair done in NYC... it got to the point where I had to start carrying Olga's cards around with me. A couple times I thought I would venture out and see what other stylists were out there, and have always come running back begging for her to fix it.
Basically this... Olga is amazing, Aveda provides amazing product and terrific color options, especially in reds and blonds (which I typically opt for).
Everyone that I have ever referred to Olga has thanked me for it and has become a steady client. Even my most conservative friends, who were initially a bit nervous because of Olga's unique and funky style, told me "She really listened to what I wanted, and didn't try to push me to do anything I was uncomfortable with".

Frankly, Olga is magic and I am lucky to have her as my stylist...If you want the best cut and color in Boston, I suggest you find her!
- You wont be sorry.

Pros: Convenient Location, Great Product Line, AMAZING stylist!!

Cons: going anywhere else.

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This spa offers great facials, massage and hair treatments. Friendly, attentive staff. Always a great experience. Highly recommend!

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★★★★☆

This spa offers great facials, massage and hair treatments. Friendly, attentive staff. Always a great experience. Highly recommend!

Pros: Excellent service, products and location

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I went to a hair model appointment on Memorial Day (5/24). My stylist was Andrew, from former Yugoslavia, (shorter guy, dark hair, amiable, with an elfin air) and he was great. I had let my hair go, had my husband do the trimming in the back, and it showed. Andrew styled it into a cropped, sleek bob cut that looked good even a week later (normally my hair goes limp within 3 days). A friend of mine decided to go get a haircut after looking at my newly styled hair. I usually style my hair just by blow-drying it, and even I couldn't ruin the beautiful shape of this haircut; it still looks good 3 weeks later.
Landreth supervised the training and he clearly was an expert and a perfectionist (in a very good sense). Also, as a small aside, if you'd ever wondered what he looks like, he's tall, skinny, well-dressed and very sharply styled (blonde hair, fashionable glasses). I could tell that the other two male stylists were learning how to emulate the master in terms of fashion choices and confident approach with clients.
The person who recruited me for the session was named Danielle (tall girl with bleached blonde hair and confident manner), and I could see her working on her own model, who got a shoulder-length haircut. To me it looked great, also, and the other model seemed pleased with the cut so far, but I left before her, so I can't tell you her ultimate reaction. All in all, the stylists seemed to get great training and supervision from Landreth, and I would definitely return to have my hair done by either of the two named stylists (and I'm also definitely not letting my husband trim my hair).
The receptionist was bussinesslike, a bit impersonal, but I sort of like to blend in the decor, so that was fine with me.
I did not see the owner, but the atmosphere at the place to me was fine, I did not feel at all treated "like a supercuts patron", and I wasn't even a paying customer! The actual decor could be improved, since the place looked a bit small, but they are moving to a new location, so maybe they're working on that aspect of the problem. All in all, I would recommend this salon. In my limited experience, it compared favorably with the Umi Salon, where I was also a model last year, and where the reception is friendlier, but the supervising staff seemed to be a bit more critical (with good results for the clients, but perhaps not so good for the employees?).

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★★★★★

I went to a hair model appointment on Memorial Day (5/24). My stylist was Andrew, from former Yugoslavia, (shorter guy, dark hair, amiable, with an elfin air) and he was great. I had let my hair go, had my husband do the trimming in the back, and it showed. Andrew styled it into a cropped, sleek bob cut that looked good even a week later (normally my hair goes limp within 3 days). A friend of mine decided to go get a haircut after looking at my newly styled hair. I usually style my hair just by blow-drying it, and even I couldn't ruin the beautiful shape of this haircut; it still looks good 3 weeks later.
Landreth supervised the training and he clearly was an expert and a perfectionist (in a very good sense). Also, as a small aside, if you'd ever wondered what he looks like, he's tall, skinny, well-dressed and very sharply styled (blonde hair, fashionable glasses). I could tell that the other two male stylists were learning how to emulate the master in terms of fashion choices and confident approach with clients.
The person who recruited me for the session was named Danielle (tall girl with bleached blonde hair and confident manner), and I could see her working on her own model, who got a shoulder-length haircut. To me it looked great, also, and the other model seemed pleased with the cut so far, but I left before her, so I can't tell you her ultimate reaction. All in all, the stylists seemed to get great training and supervision from Landreth, and I would definitely return to have my hair done by either of the two named stylists (and I'm also definitely not letting my husband trim my hair).
The receptionist was bussinesslike, a bit impersonal, but I sort of like to blend in the decor, so that was fine with me.
I did not see the owner, but the atmosphere at the place to me was fine, I did not feel at all treated "like a supercuts patron", and I wasn't even a paying customer! The actual decor could be improved, since the place looked a bit small, but they are moving to a new location, so maybe they're working on that aspect of the problem. All in all, I would recommend this salon. In my limited experience, it compared favorably with the Umi Salon, where I was also a model last year, and where the reception is friendlier, but the supervising staff seemed to be a bit more critical (with good results for the clients, but perhaps not so good for the employees?).

Pros: great stylists-in-training and master stylist

Cons: probably price, though for the location it is moderate

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I went to a hair model appointment on Memorial Day (5/24). My stylist was Andrew, from former Yugoslavia, (shorter guy, dark hair, amiable, with an elfin air) and he was great. I had let my hair go, had my husband do the trimming in the back, and it showed. Andrew styled it into a cropped, sleek bob cut that looked good even a week later (normally my hair goes limp within 3 days). A friend of mine decided to go get a haircut after looking at my newly styled hair. I usually style my hair just by blow-drying it, and even I couldn't ruin the beautiful shape of this haircut; it still looks good 3 weeks later.
Landreth supervised the training and he clearly was an expert and a perfectionist (in a very good sense). Also, as a small aside, if you'd ever wondered what he looks like, he's tall, skinny, well-dressed and very sharply styled (blonde hair, fashionable glasses). I could tell that the other two male stylists were learning how to emulate the master in terms of fashion choices and confident approach with clients.
The person who recruited me for the session was named Danielle (tall girl with bleached blonde hair and confident manner), and I could see her working on her own model, who got a shoulder-length haircut. To me it looked great, also, and the other model seemed pleased with the cut so far, but I left before her, so I can't tell you her ultimate reaction. All in all, the stylists seemed to get great training and supervision from Landreth, and I would definitely return to have my hair done by either of the two named stylists (and I'm also definitely not letting my husband trim my hair).
The receptionist was bussinesslike, a bit impersonal, but I sort of like to blend in the decor, so that was fine with me.
I did not see the owner, but the atmosphere at the place to me was fine, I did not feel at all treated "like a supercuts patron", and I wasn't even a paying customer! The actual decor could be improved, since the place looked a bit small, but they are moving to a new location, so maybe they're working on that aspect of the problem. All in all, I would recommend this salon. In my limited experience, it compared favorably with the Umi Salon, where I was also a model last year, and where the reception is friendlier, but the supervising staff seemed to be a bit more critical (with good results for the clients, but perhaps not so good for the employees?).

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★★★★★

I went to a hair model appointment on Memorial Day (5/24). My stylist was Andrew, from former Yugoslavia, (shorter guy, dark hair, amiable, with an elfin air) and he was great. I had let my hair go, had my husband do the trimming in the back, and it showed. Andrew styled it into a cropped, sleek bob cut that looked good even a week later (normally my hair goes limp within 3 days). A friend of mine decided to go get a haircut after looking at my newly styled hair. I usually style my hair just by blow-drying it, and even I couldn't ruin the beautiful shape of this haircut; it still looks good 3 weeks later.
Landreth supervised the training and he clearly was an expert and a perfectionist (in a very good sense). Also, as a small aside, if you'd ever wondered what he looks like, he's tall, skinny, well-dressed and very sharply styled (blonde hair, fashionable glasses). I could tell that the other two male stylists were learning how to emulate the master in terms of fashion choices and confident approach with clients.
The person who recruited me for the session was named Danielle (tall girl with bleached blonde hair and confident manner), and I could see her working on her own model, who got a shoulder-length haircut. To me it looked great, also, and the other model seemed pleased with the cut so far, but I left before her, so I can't tell you her ultimate reaction. All in all, the stylists seemed to get great training and supervision from Landreth, and I would definitely return to have my hair done by either of the two named stylists (and I'm also definitely not letting my husband trim my hair).
The receptionist was bussinesslike, a bit impersonal, but I sort of like to blend in the decor, so that was fine with me.
I did not see the owner, but the atmosphere at the place to me was fine, I did not feel at all treated "like a supercuts patron", and I wasn't even a paying customer! The actual decor could be improved, since the place looked a bit small, but they are moving to a new location, so maybe they're working on that aspect of the problem. All in all, I would recommend this salon. In my limited experience, it compared favorably with the Umi Salon, where I was also a model last year, and where the reception is friendlier, but the supervising staff seemed to be a bit more critical (with good results for the clients, but perhaps not so good for the employees?).

Pros: great stylists-in-training and master stylist

Cons: probably price, though for the location it is moderate

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the people that work at this salon are not on time, they are rude, and are careless at what they do. there are other places in boston that use aveda products - i wish i had gone somewhere else for the ridiculous price i had to pay for nothing.

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★☆☆☆☆

the people that work at this salon are not on time, they are rude, and are careless at what they do. there are other places in boston that use aveda products - i wish i had gone somewhere else for the ridiculous price i had to pay for nothing.

Pros: location

Cons: terrible service, unfriendly staff, too expensive

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I've been going to Aveda salons my whole life because I love the products and I loooove this salon! I started about six years ago when it was under different ownership but all the staff basically stayed the same. I saw the same stylist for cut and color for 4 years or so and then we started having different opinions, I was very dissatisfied with my hair after one particular visit but was VERY pleased to find that the owner and stylist were both quick to make me feel better about it and fix it to my liking. After that visit though I decided to find someone more my style and thank God I found Landreth! He's just the best. Not only does he make my hair look fabulous but he sings me Disney tunes the whole time too : ) His color is impeccable and his cuts always frame my face wonderfully. I've been highlighting my hair for the last ten years and he still manages to make it look fresh and new even though it's really the same thing. I have a ton of hair so it takes forever but he always makes me comfortable and I never felt rushed or like a lot of work even though I am! I recently moved to Miami and miss him terribly as my favorite stylist and as a super fun person to be around! I highly recommend a visit to the salon if you want gorgeous hair!

** Ps the staff in general is fabulous too. You are always treated to a sensory treatment (mini massage) and tea or water by very friendly folks. I've had full massages and facials here and recommend them as well, I love an Aveda facial. Do it! It's worth it!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Aveda salons my whole life because I love the products and I loooove this salon! I started about six years ago when it was under different ownership but all the staff basically stayed the same. I saw the same stylist for cut and color for 4 years or so and then we started having different opinions, I was very dissatisfied with my hair after one particular visit but was VERY pleased to find that the owner and stylist were both quick to make me feel better about it and fix it to my liking. After that visit though I decided to find someone more my style and thank God I found Landreth! He's just the best. Not only does he make my hair look fabulous but he sings me Disney tunes the whole time too : ) His color is impeccable and his cuts always frame my face wonderfully. I've been highlighting my hair for the last ten years and he still manages to make it look fresh and new even though it's really the same thing. I have a ton of hair so it takes forever but he always makes me comfortable and I never felt rushed or like a lot of work even though I am! I recently moved to Miami and miss him terribly as my favorite stylist and as a super fun person to be around! I highly recommend a visit to the salon if you want gorgeous hair!

** Ps the staff in general is fabulous too. You are always treated to a sensory treatment (mini massage) and tea or water by very friendly folks. I've had full massages and facials here and recommend them as well, I love an Aveda facial. Do it! It's worth it!

Pros: Great color, Accomodating & Nice Staff, Fab products, LANDRETH!

Cons: nada

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I'm not normally one to go to websites and post reviews. After my recent visits to this salon, I felt the need to do so.

I'm very easy-going when it comes to my hair and when choosing a stylist. All I want is someone to do a good job and I really want to get what I pay for. I've been living in the Boston area for a little over 3 years and I've been to 4 different salons before visiting Athena. I didn't necessarily have awful experiences but I definitely wasn't getting anything to talk about.

I went into Athena for the first time because I needed a haircut. My friend had already scheduled her appointment and I decided to go with her. The week of the appointment I decided that I wanted to cut my hair short. I went into Athena with pictures and an exact idea of what I wanted. My stylist was Landreth. It was love at first cut that's for sure. For some reason I just "clicked" with him. I felt very comfortable and I trusted his judgement. He gave me his opinions which I LOVE and truly appreciate. My haircut was absolutely amazing. After receiving such a fantastic cut, I decided to book an appointment to get my hair colored the following week.

I went in for the color session knowing that my current color was completely wrong. I had blonde highlights with some red and brown...it was just wrong. Landreth said I need a complete overhaul and I agreed. He really took the time to tell me what he thought would match my eyes and skin tone. I left the salon with the most beautiful hair that I've had in my entire life. I feel like a new woman. My husband, coworkers and friends all agree that it looks awesome. I can't recommend this salon and Landreth enough. He's funny, professional, charming, honest, and literally the best stylist I've ever had.

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★★★★★

I'm not normally one to go to websites and post reviews. After my recent visits to this salon, I felt the need to do so.

I'm very easy-going when it comes to my hair and when choosing a stylist. All I want is someone to do a good job and I really want to get what I pay for. I've been living in the Boston area for a little over 3 years and I've been to 4 different salons before visiting Athena. I didn't necessarily have awful experiences but I definitely wasn't getting anything to talk about.

I went into Athena for the first time because I needed a haircut. My friend had already scheduled her appointment and I decided to go with her. The week of the appointment I decided that I wanted to cut my hair short. I went into Athena with pictures and an exact idea of what I wanted. My stylist was Landreth. It was love at first cut that's for sure. For some reason I just "clicked" with him. I felt very comfortable and I trusted his judgement. He gave me his opinions which I LOVE and truly appreciate. My haircut was absolutely amazing. After receiving such a fantastic cut, I decided to book an appointment to get my hair colored the following week.

I went in for the color session knowing that my current color was completely wrong. I had blonde highlights with some red and brown...it was just wrong. Landreth said I need a complete overhaul and I agreed. He really took the time to tell me what he thought would match my eyes and skin tone. I left the salon with the most beautiful hair that I've had in my entire life. I feel like a new woman. My husband, coworkers and friends all agree that it looks awesome. I can't recommend this salon and Landreth enough. He's funny, professional, charming, honest, and literally the best stylist I've ever had.

Pros: Very nice and comfortable salon; friendly staff

Cons: NONE

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I had an amazing experience at Athen! I am VERY picky aboout my hair and went in there just for a quick trim and a blowdry. My stylist was Micayla and she was beyond fantastic. I loved how she styled it and she never took her focus off me or my hair. I felt confident enough with her to book again and have her dye my hair. Normally i get very figity in the chair but I was relaxed as ever with her coloring my hair! She went to the Aveda Inst. in New York and REALLY knows the line well. she's great with giving her opinion on what style is right for your face and color for your skin, without making you feel like you no nothing. She is an AMAZING hair stylest and a lovely young lady to talk to!

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★★★★★

I had an amazing experience at Athen! I am VERY picky aboout my hair and went in there just for a quick trim and a blowdry. My stylist was Micayla and she was beyond fantastic. I loved how she styled it and she never took her focus off me or my hair. I felt confident enough with her to book again and have her dye my hair. Normally i get very figity in the chair but I was relaxed as ever with her coloring my hair! She went to the Aveda Inst. in New York and REALLY knows the line well. she's great with giving her opinion on what style is right for your face and color for your skin, without making you feel like you no nothing. She is an AMAZING hair stylest and a lovely young lady to talk to!

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The ONLY good thing about Athena Aveda is they are pretty accomodating when scheduling last minute waxing appointments but it ends there. I was in the salon for a routine brow and upper lip waxing. To start, I was there 10 minutes prior to my scheduled appointment when I was told that they appointment before me had yet to arrive. I waited an additional ten minutes for this other customer to arrive to have "Christine" take the appointment that I had arrived for. I waited yet another 15 minutes for her to finish up with this person. I was hurried downstairs for the most PAINFUL WAXING of my life. As I lay there with my eyes closed, the pain so excruciating, tears started to roll down my cheeks. The upper lip wax wasn't AS painful, but she was unprepared and had to leave the room to get waxing strips. I was then rushed upstairs, and she seemed to notice that skin was actually removed from my brow bone, and in between my brows, as she exclaimed, "my, you DO have sensitive skin". She proceeded to put makeup over the areas that were waxed. I understand that there is some redness, maybe puffiness, as a result of waxing, but my flesh was actually ripped off. It took nearly a week and a tube of neosporin before the skin healed. I would caution you very strongly to think twice before getting waxed at Athena Aveda.

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★☆☆☆☆

The ONLY good thing about Athena Aveda is they are pretty accomodating when scheduling last minute waxing appointments but it ends there. I was in the salon for a routine brow and upper lip waxing. To start, I was there 10 minutes prior to my scheduled appointment when I was told that they appointment before me had yet to arrive. I waited an additional ten minutes for this other customer to arrive to have "Christine" take the appointment that I had arrived for. I waited yet another 15 minutes for her to finish up with this person. I was hurried downstairs for the most PAINFUL WAXING of my life. As I lay there with my eyes closed, the pain so excruciating, tears started to roll down my cheeks. The upper lip wax wasn't AS painful, but she was unprepared and had to leave the room to get waxing strips. I was then rushed upstairs, and she seemed to notice that skin was actually removed from my brow bone, and in between my brows, as she exclaimed, "my, you DO have sensitive skin". She proceeded to put makeup over the areas that were waxed. I understand that there is some redness, maybe puffiness, as a result of waxing, but my flesh was actually ripped off. It took nearly a week and a tube of neosporin before the skin healed. I would caution you very strongly to think twice before getting waxed at Athena Aveda.

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I had been going to Athena Aveda faithfully, about every 6 weeks, for about 2.5 years (started going when it was still called Linear Aveda). Olga gives amazing haircuts that are chic and flattering. Her chair-side manner is also terrific; she definitely listens. However, Olga is the only good thing left at Athena Aveda. The new owner seems to have little respect for the salon's clients and shows poor business etiquette. One of the interactions I had with her was memorable for leaving a bad taste in my mouth. When a friend purchased about $100 of Aveda products for me, she actively watched over the ladies at the register in order to make sure they would not add the credits to my Aveda rewards card (b/c it was my friend who had actually purchased the products, not me). Very petty. As another example, at a visit about 3 months ago, I was given a 10 or 15% discount for prebooking my appointment. However, at the very next visit, they increased the price of my haircut by approximately the same amount so that in the end, it was as if I never got the prebooking discount. What was most offensive is that nobody informed me about the price increase until AFTER the haircut, when it was time for me to pay. Can't help but feel that the salon is trying to pull one over on you. Small things do make a difference. And since Linear became Athena, things like this have gradually turned me off. At one point, I thought that I would put up with the poor operation of the place because Olga was so amazing. But I think it is now time for me to find another salon. Too bad. They just lost a customer who was once very loyal.

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★★☆☆☆

I had been going to Athena Aveda faithfully, about every 6 weeks, for about 2.5 years (started going when it was still called Linear Aveda). Olga gives amazing haircuts that are chic and flattering. Her chair-side manner is also terrific; she definitely listens. However, Olga is the only good thing left at Athena Aveda. The new owner seems to have little respect for the salon's clients and shows poor business etiquette. One of the interactions I had with her was memorable for leaving a bad taste in my mouth. When a friend purchased about $100 of Aveda products for me, she actively watched over the ladies at the register in order to make sure they would not add the credits to my Aveda rewards card (b/c it was my friend who had actually purchased the products, not me). Very petty. As another example, at a visit about 3 months ago, I was given a 10 or 15% discount for prebooking my appointment. However, at the very next visit, they increased the price of my haircut by approximately the same amount so that in the end, it was as if I never got the prebooking discount. What was most offensive is that nobody informed me about the price increase until AFTER the haircut, when it was time for me to pay. Can't help but feel that the salon is trying to pull one over on you. Small things do make a difference. And since Linear became Athena, things like this have gradually turned me off. At one point, I thought that I would put up with the poor operation of the place because Olga was so amazing. But I think it is now time for me to find another salon. Too bad. They just lost a customer who was once very loyal.

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Olga is a fabulous stylist. I used to bounce back and forth between stylists, but am loyal to Olga because she does such a great job! She gives my hair amazing texture. Long, short, it doesn't matter- she can handle it. She's also a smart woman, so you get great conversation along with your haircut.

The salon space is a bit crowded, but I can ignore the atmosphere when I get such a great cut.

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★★★★☆

Olga is a fabulous stylist. I used to bounce back and forth between stylists, but am loyal to Olga because she does such a great job! She gives my hair amazing texture. Long, short, it doesn't matter- she can handle it. She's also a smart woman, so you get great conversation along with your haircut.

The salon space is a bit crowded, but I can ignore the atmosphere when I get such a great cut.

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I went to this place because it came recommended to me by more than one person. The space is absolutely beautiful. There is even a downstairs that you would never knew existed if you didnt go down there. I had my hair cut and colored and I couldnt be happier. This is the best salon in the back bay by far. The stylist took the time to do exactly what I wanted. I have never had so many compliments on my hair than I do now.

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★★★★★

I went to this place because it came recommended to me by more than one person. The space is absolutely beautiful. There is even a downstairs that you would never knew existed if you didnt go down there. I had my hair cut and colored and I couldnt be happier. This is the best salon in the back bay by far. The stylist took the time to do exactly what I wanted. I have never had so many compliments on my hair than I do now.

Pros: staff is so helpful, stylists are top notch

Cons: none

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have been to aveda several times and in the past have always enjoyed my visits. last year i went with my friend while she had her hair done and the stylists did a good job so i booked an appointment and the stylists did an equally good job highlighting my hair. however, when i went in today for a highlight and a cut it was one of my WORST salon experiences ever. when i booked my appointment i explained to the receptionist that i wanted a trim, highlights and a root touch up. when i sat down to talk to the stylist about what i wanted done he began to make a face and told me that he wouldnt have enough time to do what i wanted and insinuated that i should come back another day. when i explained that i had told the girl i booked my appt. with exactly what i wanted and i understood if there was an error because that happens he begrudgingly rearranged somethings to 'squeeze' me in. i then waited another 30 minutes to even start my appointment while he shampooed and cut another client's hair. when i finally sat down to have my hair highlighted he rushed through it, got die all over my face. after i had the dye rinsed out i waited another 30 minutes for him to get around to cutting my hair. i told him that i wanted to keep the length but to add some layers to give it more shape. he snipped off about half an inch all around and...that was it. no layers. nothing. i could have done that myself. and i was charged $65 for it!!! i don't mind paying almost $180 for highlights because i have a lot of hair, but to pay $65 for a half inch trim and be treated like i was an invasion on time on top of that....my highlights look good but i will not be going back!

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★★☆☆☆

have been to aveda several times and in the past have always enjoyed my visits. last year i went with my friend while she had her hair done and the stylists did a good job so i booked an appointment and the stylists did an equally good job highlighting my hair. however, when i went in today for a highlight and a cut it was one of my WORST salon experiences ever. when i booked my appointment i explained to the receptionist that i wanted a trim, highlights and a root touch up. when i sat down to talk to the stylist about what i wanted done he began to make a face and told me that he wouldnt have enough time to do what i wanted and insinuated that i should come back another day. when i explained that i had told the girl i booked my appt. with exactly what i wanted and i understood if there was an error because that happens he begrudgingly rearranged somethings to 'squeeze' me in. i then waited another 30 minutes to even start my appointment while he shampooed and cut another client's hair. when i finally sat down to have my hair highlighted he rushed through it, got die all over my face. after i had the dye rinsed out i waited another 30 minutes for him to get around to cutting my hair. i told him that i wanted to keep the length but to add some layers to give it more shape. he snipped off about half an inch all around and...that was it. no layers. nothing. i could have done that myself. and i was charged $65 for it!!! i don't mind paying almost $180 for highlights because i have a lot of hair, but to pay $65 for a half inch trim and be treated like i was an invasion on time on top of that....my highlights look good but i will not be going back!

Pros: the natural products

Cons: overpriced

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I have been going to this salon for the past couple years while I was in school. I have since graduated and moved on. Renee was my stylist there and she is amazing! I wish I could fly her out to do my hair because every time, its just the way I wanted it. She went to the Aveda Institute so she really knows the product line and she is always so friendly and sweet. I have also had my hair dried and styled by Kim, Craig, Lauren and Scot and I have been very happy with the results.

The assistants they have there are awesome too. Before going here, I had never been to a salon that had assistants. I've seen a couple different ones, but their pre service massages are wonderful and they always make me feel relaxed and welcome. Ask to see Shey, Enver, or Nicole if you can.

As for the Spa, I have only had a few services there, mostly because I was a poor college kid, but the ones I have had were amazing. I've seen both Arlene and Christina for facials and they are both amazing. Harmony and Zoran do massage there too, and they are also great.

There have been some changes with the new ownership that I havent been a fan of, but the staff there is so amazing, it shouldnt matter how the owner is.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to this salon for the past couple years while I was in school. I have since graduated and moved on. Renee was my stylist there and she is amazing! I wish I could fly her out to do my hair because every time, its just the way I wanted it. She went to the Aveda Institute so she really knows the product line and she is always so friendly and sweet. I have also had my hair dried and styled by Kim, Craig, Lauren and Scot and I have been very happy with the results.

The assistants they have there are awesome too. Before going here, I had never been to a salon that had assistants. I've seen a couple different ones, but their pre service massages are wonderful and they always make me feel relaxed and welcome. Ask to see Shey, Enver, or Nicole if you can.

As for the Spa, I have only had a few services there, mostly because I was a poor college kid, but the ones I have had were amazing. I've seen both Arlene and Christina for facials and they are both amazing. Harmony and Zoran do massage there too, and they are also great.

There have been some changes with the new ownership that I havent been a fan of, but the staff there is so amazing, it shouldnt matter how the owner is.

Pros: pre serive massage, great staff, accessible by public transportation

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It was finally nice to go into a salon and feel welcomed. I got a facial by Arlene, mani-pedi by Claudia and hair styled by Kim. I felt great. My friend recomended it for brazilian wax by Christina; next time. The place looked great since they changed ownership. So much more hip and CLEAN. Loved it!

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★★★★★

It was finally nice to go into a salon and feel welcomed. I got a facial by Arlene, mani-pedi by Claudia and hair styled by Kim. I felt great. My friend recomended it for brazilian wax by Christina; next time. The place looked great since they changed ownership. So much more hip and CLEAN. Loved it!

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I would echo the above complaint - I went for a facial at this spa, only to be told I had called to cancel the booking (which I did not do). Regardless, they could not offer me the 60 minute facial I booked, and instead offered a 40 minute mini facial. That's good enough reason for me to never go back again!

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★★☆☆☆

I would echo the above complaint - I went for a facial at this spa, only to be told I had called to cancel the booking (which I did not do). Regardless, they could not offer me the 60 minute facial I booked, and instead offered a 40 minute mini facial. That's good enough reason for me to never go back again!

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Back Bay boutique uses Aveda products in various services such as haircuts and styling, makeup and massage among others.

 

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