Gary Manuel Aveda Institute

★★★★☆
Licensed instructors supervise as students provide hair, color, perm, relaxer, facial, massage, waxing, tinting and makeup services.
  • 1514 10th Ave

    Seattle, WA 98122

    Cross street: Between Pike & Pine

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  • 206-329-9933

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Tue-Sat 9am-5pm

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Many people have shared their horror hair appointment stories in the Aveda reviews. There are some perfectly positive reviews as well. I've also noticed people warning to ask for an experienced student to avoid a nightmare at Aveda.
As someone who attended GMAI in Seattle for one month exactly, I can confirm that all of those reviews are true colors of Aveda. Which is exactly why I dropped out of the program after one tiny month. The plan I had made for myself after just 2 weeks attending, after completely regretting my enrollment already, was that I'd stay for another 2 weeks giving Aveda 1 full month to begin feeling it was worth my time and money.
As I said, I decided to turn away from Aveda, and I'm so glad that I did. The reason people are writing reviews saying how unprofessional the students were, how disorganized the whole experience was, and how the student didn't seem to know what they were doing, is because Aveda isn't all that they claim to be.
Not only is the site decorated with false and half true statements about GMAI but the people recruiting students as well as the teachers, also jazz it up to be everything it isn't.
They rushed us through the books as well as our first learned cuts and styles, by the end of the month we had already moved on to dying hair. I was shown how to do a cut only once, was given 1 chance to practice on a mannequin, without much attention or guidance at all from the teachers even though we were all lost after seeing the cut done once, and then we were expected only a day or 2 later to perform that cut on a volunteer if we could find one, while applying all of the things we skimmed over in the books about different hair types, scalp types, and specific Aveda products, while also performing a specific order of steps to make it the Aveda way, as if we were experienced employees at a high end salon.
Definitely not worth my time. I wasn't learning anything, none of it was sticking, it was extremely overwhelming and stressful.
Our mentor who was first in line to take us through the program, was always bullying students to their face and behind their backs. He was extremely unprofessional, treating us as if he were our classmate. He made comments behind my back about my personal style saying I should tone it way down because I had a unique style which I thought Aveda happily welcomed alternative people.
I was leaving, and had said I will come back for my $2000 cosmetology kit and my books, which were too hard for me to carry on 3 buses and a far walk home. It was very difficult for me to find a ride during their hours that could take me to get my things which were sitting in a locked locker. When I finally got a ride about a month later, I called the school to let them know I was stopping by to pick up my things.. which I paid for. The woman was snobby to me and told me they probably already gave my things away to someone else. I asked if she could double check to see if my lock was still on the locker but she wouldn't check, she kept saying its not mine anymore and its my own fault. I asked her if I could be partially refunded for the barely used kit they took from me and gave away, and she said no, that it was my own fault. It upset me that she refused to check. They would have had to hire a lock smith to break into my locker in order to get my kit, which wouldn't be necessary because no new students came and they had plenty of lockers. They would have no reason to break into mine after I told them I was coming back to get it. They never contacted me or warned me about it, so I think she completely scammed me into leaving my practically unused kit and books there.
A family friends daughter attended Aveda and constantly struggled to land a nice job which Aveda claims you will have no problem with. Honestly I should have known it wasn't all that great when my Mom informed me about it saying Aveda was the top, most amazing cosmetology school and I had never heard of it before.
They take your money after tricking you into attending a top of the line most perfect school for you, then they shove you through the program as fast as they can while adding unnecessary expectations that effect your grade.
I hated Aveda, I would never recommend anyone ever to attend GMAI. You can't become an expert that way. Its a huge waste of money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Many people have shared their horror hair appointment stories in the Aveda reviews. There are some perfectly positive reviews as well. I've also noticed people warning to ask for an experienced student to avoid a nightmare at Aveda.
As someone who attended GMAI in Seattle for one month exactly, I can confirm that all of those reviews are true colors of Aveda. Which is exactly why I dropped out of the program after one tiny month. The plan I had made for myself after just 2 weeks attending, after completely regretting my enrollment already, was that I'd stay for another 2 weeks giving Aveda 1 full month to begin feeling it was worth my time and money.
As I said, I decided to turn away from Aveda, and I'm so glad that I did. The reason people are writing reviews saying how unprofessional the students were, how disorganized the whole experience was, and how the student didn't seem to know what they were doing, is because Aveda isn't all that they claim to be.
Not only is the site decorated with false and half true statements about GMAI but the people recruiting students as well as the teachers, also jazz it up to be everything it isn't.
They rushed us through the books as well as our first learned cuts and styles, by the end of the month we had already moved on to dying hair. I was shown how to do a cut only once, was given 1 chance to practice on a mannequin, without much attention or guidance at all from the teachers even though we were all lost after seeing the cut done once, and then we were expected only a day or 2 later to perform that cut on a volunteer if we could find one, while applying all of the things we skimmed over in the books about different hair types, scalp types, and specific Aveda products, while also performing a specific order of steps to make it the Aveda way, as if we were experienced employees at a high end salon.
Definitely not worth my time. I wasn't learning anything, none of it was sticking, it was extremely overwhelming and stressful.
Our mentor who was first in line to take us through the program, was always bullying students to their face and behind their backs. He was extremely unprofessional, treating us as if he were our classmate. He made comments behind my back about my personal style saying I should tone it way down because I had a unique style which I thought Aveda happily welcomed alternative people.
I was leaving, and had said I will come back for my $2000 cosmetology kit and my books, which were too hard for me to carry on 3 buses and a far walk home. It was very difficult for me to find a ride during their hours that could take me to get my things which were sitting in a locked locker. When I finally got a ride about a month later, I called the school to let them know I was stopping by to pick up my things.. which I paid for. The woman was snobby to me and told me they probably already gave my things away to someone else. I asked if she could double check to see if my lock was still on the locker but she wouldn't check, she kept saying its not mine anymore and its my own fault. I asked her if I could be partially refunded for the barely used kit they took from me and gave away, and she said no, that it was my own fault. It upset me that she refused to check. They would have had to hire a lock smith to break into my locker in order to get my kit, which wouldn't be necessary because no new students came and they had plenty of lockers. They would have no reason to break into mine after I told them I was coming back to get it. They never contacted me or warned me about it, so I think she completely scammed me into leaving my practically unused kit and books there.
A family friends daughter attended Aveda and constantly struggled to land a nice job which Aveda claims you will have no problem with. Honestly I should have known it wasn't all that great when my Mom informed me about it saying Aveda was the top, most amazing cosmetology school and I had never heard of it before.
They take your money after tricking you into attending a top of the line most perfect school for you, then they shove you through the program as fast as they can while adding unnecessary expectations that effect your grade.
I hated Aveda, I would never recommend anyone ever to attend GMAI. You can't become an expert that way. Its a huge waste of money.

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I went as a model for a relaxer. I wanted to check their product and see if getting my hair done at an institute would be a good fit for me. I had a great personal experience with the people there, the prices are good and it didn't took as long as I thought.
BUT MY HAIR ISNT STRAIGHT. I have fine, curly and frizzy hair. I've had japanese straightening and permanent straightening treatments done before so I was expecting a similar outcome. Maybe is the product or the procedure but after all I am still curly. I try contacting the girl that did my hair to find alternatives but haven't heard from her.
Even though the people were nice I think I will stick with my regular hair place because the results are just not there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went as a model for a relaxer. I wanted to check their product and see if getting my hair done at an institute would be a good fit for me. I had a great personal experience with the people there, the prices are good and it didn't took as long as I thought.
BUT MY HAIR ISNT STRAIGHT. I have fine, curly and frizzy hair. I've had japanese straightening and permanent straightening treatments done before so I was expecting a similar outcome. Maybe is the product or the procedure but after all I am still curly. I try contacting the girl that did my hair to find alternatives but haven't heard from her.
Even though the people were nice I think I will stick with my regular hair place because the results are just not there.

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I have just gotten home from one of the most homophobic and disrespetful experiences I have had in my life, which was at the Aveda Institute salon. I was seen by a student named Remy. My experience with her was completely unsatisfactory to say the least. She said nothing to me almost the entire time she worked with me. She walked away from me without saying a word twice and left me sitting in the chair wondering where she had gone. The haircut I recieved was not what I had described at all and when I asked her to adjust some things she walked away and got her teacher. The woman, whose name I can't recall, treated me equally as disregarding. She cut my hair extremely short while speaking to me in a disrespectful and mocking tone. I was offered none of the services that are provided with a haircut, in fact they were never even mentioned to me. I walked away from that experience almost in tears and quite frankly shocked at how completely homophobic that situation was. I am a genderqueer individual. I am a female with a masculine appearance. I asked for a man's haircut and I was treated like a piece of garbage. I am so disappointed in the service and treatment I recieved. I went into Aveda with respect for the care they provide and I now have none. I would recommend this salon to no one and would encourage all lgbtq individuals boycott this establishment

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★☆☆☆☆

I have just gotten home from one of the most homophobic and disrespetful experiences I have had in my life, which was at the Aveda Institute salon. I was seen by a student named Remy. My experience with her was completely unsatisfactory to say the least. She said nothing to me almost the entire time she worked with me. She walked away from me without saying a word twice and left me sitting in the chair wondering where she had gone. The haircut I recieved was not what I had described at all and when I asked her to adjust some things she walked away and got her teacher. The woman, whose name I can't recall, treated me equally as disregarding. She cut my hair extremely short while speaking to me in a disrespectful and mocking tone. I was offered none of the services that are provided with a haircut, in fact they were never even mentioned to me. I walked away from that experience almost in tears and quite frankly shocked at how completely homophobic that situation was. I am a genderqueer individual. I am a female with a masculine appearance. I asked for a man's haircut and I was treated like a piece of garbage. I am so disappointed in the service and treatment I recieved. I went into Aveda with respect for the care they provide and I now have none. I would recommend this salon to no one and would encourage all lgbtq individuals boycott this establishment

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I have just gotten home from one of the most homophobic and disrespetful experiences I have had in my life, which was at the Aveda Institute salon. I was seen by a student named Remy. My experience with her was completely unsatisfactory to say the least. She said nothing to me almost the entire time she worked with me. She walked away from me without saying a word twice and left me sitting in the chair wondering where she had gone. The haircut I recieved was not what I had described at all and when I asked her to adjust some things she walked away and got her teacher. The woman, whose name I can't recall, treated me equally as disregarding. She cut my hair extremely short while speaking to me in a disrespectful and mocking tone. I was offered none of the services that are provided with a haircut, in fact they were never even mentioned to me. I walked away from that experience almost in tears and quite frankly shocked at how completely homophobic that situation was. I am a genderqueer individual. I am a female with a masculine appearance. I asked for a man's haircut and I was treated like a piece of garbage. I am so disappointed in the service and treatment I recieved. I went into Aveda with respect for the care they provide and I now have none. I would recommend this salon to no one and would encourage all lgbtq individuals boycott this establishment

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★☆☆☆☆

I have just gotten home from one of the most homophobic and disrespetful experiences I have had in my life, which was at the Aveda Institute salon. I was seen by a student named Remy. My experience with her was completely unsatisfactory to say the least. She said nothing to me almost the entire time she worked with me. She walked away from me without saying a word twice and left me sitting in the chair wondering where she had gone. The haircut I recieved was not what I had described at all and when I asked her to adjust some things she walked away and got her teacher. The woman, whose name I can't recall, treated me equally as disregarding. She cut my hair extremely short while speaking to me in a disrespectful and mocking tone. I was offered none of the services that are provided with a haircut, in fact they were never even mentioned to me. I walked away from that experience almost in tears and quite frankly shocked at how completely homophobic that situation was. I am a genderqueer individual. I am a female with a masculine appearance. I asked for a man's haircut and I was treated like a piece of garbage. I am so disappointed in the service and treatment I recieved. I went into Aveda with respect for the care they provide and I now have none. I would recommend this salon to no one and would encourage all lgbtq individuals boycott this establishment

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I've been here a couple of times now and I will keep going back.

Quality does change with each student, especially dependent on how long they've been training, but I've always had an above par experience with each dresser.

I'm male and only go in for cuts; they always get it right and I've even let them experiement a bit (one dresser asked if she could go a bit "funky" with the cut) and I liked what she did so much that it's my normal request now.

Always polite, always friendly, those students have the best attitudes.

NOTE: The students do not get money for the cuts! They only make tips, the actual charge for the cut goes to the institute. Because of this, my tip always equals the amount of they charge for the cut because it just doesn't seem fair to me that they aren't earning that money for the work.

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★★★★★

I've been here a couple of times now and I will keep going back.

Quality does change with each student, especially dependent on how long they've been training, but I've always had an above par experience with each dresser.

I'm male and only go in for cuts; they always get it right and I've even let them experiement a bit (one dresser asked if she could go a bit "funky" with the cut) and I liked what she did so much that it's my normal request now.

Always polite, always friendly, those students have the best attitudes.

NOTE: The students do not get money for the cuts! They only make tips, the actual charge for the cut goes to the institute. Because of this, my tip always equals the amount of they charge for the cut because it just doesn't seem fair to me that they aren't earning that money for the work.

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Extremely positive experience in every respect! My daughter treated me to my FIRST facial on my 50th birthday. What a lovely surprise for a mother/daughter day out! The girls were very efficient and comforting. Afterward, I felt as tho I had received a face lift! :)......the foot soak was such a soothing touch. Thank you AVEDA.....(I'm almost 51---time to return!!)

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★★★★★

Extremely positive experience in every respect! My daughter treated me to my FIRST facial on my 50th birthday. What a lovely surprise for a mother/daughter day out! The girls were very efficient and comforting. Afterward, I felt as tho I had received a face lift! :)......the foot soak was such a soothing touch. Thank you AVEDA.....(I'm almost 51---time to return!!)

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My lady friend really enjoyed it from beginning to end however i had to pay for it so lower your prices please

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★★★★☆

My lady friend really enjoyed it from beginning to end however i had to pay for it so lower your prices please

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I couldn't believe the cost. I showed up with a $150.00 gift certificate, and ended up owing $90!!!!

Maybe I just don't appreciate a high priced salon, but I feel my money could've been spent better elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

I couldn't believe the cost. I showed up with a $150.00 gift certificate, and ended up owing $90!!!!

Maybe I just don't appreciate a high priced salon, but I feel my money could've been spent better elsewhere.

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I have gone several times and each time have been very satisfied with the foils I have had. I am pretty fussy and I like three colors. Never a problem. As they are students they are a little slow. So bring a book.

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★★★★☆

I have gone several times and each time have been very satisfied with the foils I have had. I am pretty fussy and I like three colors. Never a problem. As they are students they are a little slow. So bring a book.

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I had my hair cut here by Kaitlin and she did a superb job. I actually preferred the cut she gave me, over the way my regular stylist cuts my hair. Kaitlin was very professional, friendly, and did a fabulous job cutting and styling my hair. Thanks Kaitlin... I will be back for sure!!

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★★★★★

I had my hair cut here by Kaitlin and she did a superb job. I actually preferred the cut she gave me, over the way my regular stylist cuts my hair. Kaitlin was very professional, friendly, and did a fabulous job cutting and styling my hair. Thanks Kaitlin... I will be back for sure!!

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I've never had a bad experience here and it's a great bargain considering the service. The best haircuts I've had over the last ten years has been here and I've always been treated as if I was their best customer. It's also a great way to test out the Aveda line of products. I've gone in just for a haircut, and ended up having mini-massages, make-up applied and so on just so the students can get more practice in. That makes for a enjoyable time and I always leave feeling like I did something special for myself.

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★★★★★

I've never had a bad experience here and it's a great bargain considering the service. The best haircuts I've had over the last ten years has been here and I've always been treated as if I was their best customer. It's also a great way to test out the Aveda line of products. I've gone in just for a haircut, and ended up having mini-massages, make-up applied and so on just so the students can get more practice in. That makes for a enjoyable time and I always leave feeling like I did something special for myself.

Pros: Pampered, students are well supervised, great atmosphere

Cons: Parking can be challenging

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The first time I was here for a hair cut n color the supervisor took a look at my hair n literally started screaming at me that theres no way the color will take...Jeez relax lady !!1 She continued with erh loud n extremely rude "opinion"....that the poor girl who was working on my hair kept apologizing after she left.

I went back after many months to gv it a 2nd chance and this time the trainee was awful...after almost 3 hrs she colored my hair unevenly n when the supervisor told her to redo it..sh erefused and said I was done!!1

NEVER COMING BACK...its well worth your time and money to go someplace else where u get quality for ur money.

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★☆☆☆☆

The first time I was here for a hair cut n color the supervisor took a look at my hair n literally started screaming at me that theres no way the color will take...Jeez relax lady !!1 She continued with erh loud n extremely rude "opinion"....that the poor girl who was working on my hair kept apologizing after she left.

I went back after many months to gv it a 2nd chance and this time the trainee was awful...after almost 3 hrs she colored my hair unevenly n when the supervisor told her to redo it..sh erefused and said I was done!!1

NEVER COMING BACK...its well worth your time and money to go someplace else where u get quality for ur money.

Pros: cheap but not even worth it

Cons: bad service n attitude.

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I had a 9:00 a.m. appointment with Ginger on Thursday and I was her model for her very first hair cut. My hair hadnt been cut in about three years and it truely was a mess! She cut my hair into a "Bob" and I must say," I love it!!!!" Ginger did a very professional job and I am looking forward to her graduating and being my stylest .
GREAT JOB GINGER!
Valerie Cowell
Arlington, WA

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★★★★★

I had a 9:00 a.m. appointment with Ginger on Thursday and I was her model for her very first hair cut. My hair hadnt been cut in about three years and it truely was a mess! She cut my hair into a "Bob" and I must say," I love it!!!!" Ginger did a very professional job and I am looking forward to her graduating and being my stylest .
GREAT JOB GINGER!
Valerie Cowell
Arlington, WA

Pros: She can cut my hair anytime!

Cons: none!

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I went in yesterday for a cut and color at GM Aveda Institute. I had a GREAT experience. My hair was placed in the capable hands of a stylist called Tuesday, and she did wonderful. She was knowledgable, and very helpful when figuring out what exact shade to color my hair. She convinced me (and rightfully so!) to foil in some very subtle highlights to the overall dark chestnut color. This was a great suggestion. The end color is rich, natural, and perfect!

She did an excellent job on the cut as well. She knew exactly what I was going for.

Also - I will say, she made me feel very comfortable about my hair lifestyle. i.e - I rarely blowdry, flat iron, or use any product in my hair. Whenever I tell stylists this, it is usually followed by a speech about why I should, or at least patronizing looks, as if I were a child. Not so with Tuesday. She complented my hair, and seemed very much onbaord with my no-frills lifestyle. This was a refreshing change!!! Thanks Tuesday. I'll be back again.

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★★★★★

I went in yesterday for a cut and color at GM Aveda Institute. I had a GREAT experience. My hair was placed in the capable hands of a stylist called Tuesday, and she did wonderful. She was knowledgable, and very helpful when figuring out what exact shade to color my hair. She convinced me (and rightfully so!) to foil in some very subtle highlights to the overall dark chestnut color. This was a great suggestion. The end color is rich, natural, and perfect!

She did an excellent job on the cut as well. She knew exactly what I was going for.

Also - I will say, she made me feel very comfortable about my hair lifestyle. i.e - I rarely blowdry, flat iron, or use any product in my hair. Whenever I tell stylists this, it is usually followed by a speech about why I should, or at least patronizing looks, as if I were a child. Not so with Tuesday. She complented my hair, and seemed very much onbaord with my no-frills lifestyle. This was a refreshing change!!! Thanks Tuesday. I'll be back again.

Pros: price!!

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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! :)

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★★★★★

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! :)

Pros: Great services at low prices

Cons: Parking

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Great haircut and amazing color!

Cons: absolutely NOTHING

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: cheap!

Cons: crazy busy!

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: cheap, good service

Cons: students make mistakes and teachers can't exactly fix it

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Price, service

Cons: Poor training

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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.

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★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: value

Cons: patience required, be prepared for uneven color

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: 3 day a week classes, Positive enviroment, Fantastic instructors!

Cons: Located in Capitol Hill, Parking is very expensive. Bussing is recomended.

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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..

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★★★★★

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..

Pros: Great color and style by Laura

Cons: you need to " make time" (it's a school after all!)

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Positive Attitudes and calming spa atmosphere

Cons: parking

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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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★★★★★

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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I've been going here for years (and even worked here briefly a few years ago) and I've had some very good experiences here. Let me say at the outset that I never go here for cuts - only color, and only with more advanced students. That being said, it's an affordable way to get beautiful color, whether it's foiling, single process or bleach and tone. I have seen at least 15 different students over the years (and maybe more!) and have had great experiences with all but one of them. The students I've seen have been by and large extremely competent, knowledgeable, meticulous, and professional. I've gone to one other Aveda Institute once (in Atlanta) and was not so lucky! The unprofessional demeanor and incompetence of both the students and instructors there made me feel lucky to have such a great school accessible to me in Seattle. Gary leads the GMAI with a deft hand, and his commitment to excellence shows! The instructors at the Institute are excellent as well. It's a beautiful thing to be able to experience the same quality of service at this school as at the Gary Manuel Salon. Of course, these ARE students so they are far less experienced than professional hair stylists, which is why I would never get my hair cut here. But I have loads of layers in my hair and am super picky. If you want a simple cut or trim, you'll be in good hands. The facials are wonderful too!

2
★★★★☆

I've been going here for years (and even worked here briefly a few years ago) and I've had some very good experiences here. Let me say at the outset that I never go here for cuts - only color, and only with more advanced students. That being said, it's an affordable way to get beautiful color, whether it's foiling, single process or bleach and tone. I have seen at least 15 different students over the years (and maybe more!) and have had great experiences with all but one of them. The students I've seen have been by and large extremely competent, knowledgeable, meticulous, and professional. I've gone to one other Aveda Institute once (in Atlanta) and was not so lucky! The unprofessional demeanor and incompetence of both the students and instructors there made me feel lucky to have such a great school accessible to me in Seattle. Gary leads the GMAI with a deft hand, and his commitment to excellence shows! The instructors at the Institute are excellent as well. It's a beautiful thing to be able to experience the same quality of service at this school as at the Gary Manuel Salon. Of course, these ARE students so they are far less experienced than professional hair stylists, which is why I would never get my hair cut here. But I have loads of layers in my hair and am super picky. If you want a simple cut or trim, you'll be in good hands. The facials are wonderful too!

Pros: Great services for an affordable price!

Cons: Lack of parking but hey, it's Capitol Hill

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Love this place!!!! I've been going to this institute for over a year now. I've had several students cut my hair and I've never been disappointed. The price is soooo within my budget. I pay about $20 plus tip for a regular hair cut (includes a scalp massage, they wash your hair, cut and style with Aveda products). What more could a woman ask for...great service, great hair products, great atmosphere for a very reasonable price.

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★★★★★

Love this place!!!! I've been going to this institute for over a year now. I've had several students cut my hair and I've never been disappointed. The price is soooo within my budget. I pay about $20 plus tip for a regular hair cut (includes a scalp massage, they wash your hair, cut and style with Aveda products). What more could a woman ask for...great service, great hair products, great atmosphere for a very reasonable price.

Pros: Service and Ambience

Cons: You have to pay to park if you can find parking

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I have to tell you, as much as I look to Citysearch for recommendations, I've never written a review - not once. After seeing Lovie at the Aveda Institute, and getting a self renewal facial, I feel compelled!! She is fantastic! I've been to a lot of facialists - and I mean A LOT - for my troubled skin and she is by far the most thorough. I don't need all the fancy shmancy stuff (although it was very relaxing and she gave me the best foot massage I've ever had), I just want my skin to be clean and unclogged . In the past, I've always left places feeling like the facialist had missed critical areas - not this time. She was so thorough, honest and NICE. I really feel like I've made a new best friend and I'm on the pathway to flawless skin. I am not ashamed to admit it: I AM ADDICTED TO LOVIE's FACIALS I WILL BE FOLLOWING HER WHERE EVER SHE GOES AFTER HER GRADUATION FROM THE AVEDA SCHOOL.

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★★★★★

I have to tell you, as much as I look to Citysearch for recommendations, I've never written a review - not once. After seeing Lovie at the Aveda Institute, and getting a self renewal facial, I feel compelled!! She is fantastic! I've been to a lot of facialists - and I mean A LOT - for my troubled skin and she is by far the most thorough. I don't need all the fancy shmancy stuff (although it was very relaxing and she gave me the best foot massage I've ever had), I just want my skin to be clean and unclogged . In the past, I've always left places feeling like the facialist had missed critical areas - not this time. She was so thorough, honest and NICE. I really feel like I've made a new best friend and I'm on the pathway to flawless skin. I am not ashamed to admit it: I AM ADDICTED TO LOVIE's FACIALS I WILL BE FOLLOWING HER WHERE EVER SHE GOES AFTER HER GRADUATION FROM THE AVEDA SCHOOL.

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I've been to the school before, but it has been a while. I didn't know who was who anymore so I read the city search reviews and booked a foil and haircut with Megan. What a great experience. Best hand massage I've ever had for sure. My hair looks fantastic. Exactly what I asked for. I just loved her. Totally sweet and a great conversationalist. I've already booked my next appointment. Only one more foil and then she graduates though. Sad. :( Get in while you can.

2
★★★★★

I've been to the school before, but it has been a while. I didn't know who was who anymore so I read the city search reviews and booked a foil and haircut with Megan. What a great experience. Best hand massage I've ever had for sure. My hair looks fantastic. Exactly what I asked for. I just loved her. Totally sweet and a great conversationalist. I've already booked my next appointment. Only one more foil and then she graduates though. Sad. :( Get in while you can.

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My husband researched into where to find the Aveda products after a brief Vacation in Canada. (The Motel we stayed at there used Aveda products and I fell in love with them. ) He came across The Gary Manuel

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★★★★★

My husband researched into where to find the Aveda products after a brief Vacation in Canada. (The Motel we stayed at there used Aveda products and I fell in love with them. ) He came across The Gary Manuel

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I went in for a facial and walked out relaxed and ready to take over the world. Ok, maybe not that dramatic, but my experience was wonderful. They took great care to match the oils, cleanser, toner and moisturizers to my specific skin type. The downstairs facial rooms were serene and pleasant. This Aveda salon is not like your typical spa experience where you change into a robe and have a large room to yourself, but they do give you a small private area surrounded by chic, beige curtains. The lights are dimmed, soothing music pours from the ceiling and everyone speaks in a hush. No cell phones are ringing and it?s surprisingly calm given the ruckus going on upstairs in the hair salon. You cannot beat the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute prices, service or level of professionalism. Thank you!

2
★★★★★

I went in for a facial and walked out relaxed and ready to take over the world. Ok, maybe not that dramatic, but my experience was wonderful. They took great care to match the oils, cleanser, toner and moisturizers to my specific skin type. The downstairs facial rooms were serene and pleasant. This Aveda salon is not like your typical spa experience where you change into a robe and have a large room to yourself, but they do give you a small private area surrounded by chic, beige curtains. The lights are dimmed, soothing music pours from the ceiling and everyone speaks in a hush. No cell phones are ringing and it?s surprisingly calm given the ruckus going on upstairs in the hair salon. You cannot beat the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute prices, service or level of professionalism. Thank you!

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I went to this school after a friend told me to check it out. I asked for an experienced student that could help turn my shoulder length hair into a modern cut. They gave me a person named Megan. I must admit I have never colored my hair. But Megan thought a cut and some subtle highlights would look nice. I went with it, and I was very impressed with the results. I look and feel 5 year younger!! And not only did I leave looking good, but incredibly relaxed. She gave me a shampoo and a hand massage, which is included in the haircut price. Damn, I wish my friend told me to go here before. Megan also seemed to be more mature then some of the younger students in the school, so if you want a student that knows their trade and can also give you some good conversation, I'd recommend Megan. Megan told me she is moving to CA in August, so get in and see her while she's still there. WTF? I meet a good stylist and she is going to leave me? Women! ;-) So if you don't get Megan or if you go after August, just make SURE you ask for an experienced student, as I have heard horror story haircuts happen at this school too. Oh and one last thing, bring cash... I tried to tip Megan on my credit card and the lady at the front said I couldn't put the tip on my credit card... WTF? I was forced to give her just the spare $5 I had with me, and I felt like a cheap shmuck.

2
★★★★★

I went to this school after a friend told me to check it out. I asked for an experienced student that could help turn my shoulder length hair into a modern cut. They gave me a person named Megan. I must admit I have never colored my hair. But Megan thought a cut and some subtle highlights would look nice. I went with it, and I was very impressed with the results. I look and feel 5 year younger!! And not only did I leave looking good, but incredibly relaxed. She gave me a shampoo and a hand massage, which is included in the haircut price. Damn, I wish my friend told me to go here before. Megan also seemed to be more mature then some of the younger students in the school, so if you want a student that knows their trade and can also give you some good conversation, I'd recommend Megan. Megan told me she is moving to CA in August, so get in and see her while she's still there. WTF? I meet a good stylist and she is going to leave me? Women! ;-) So if you don't get Megan or if you go after August, just make SURE you ask for an experienced student, as I have heard horror story haircuts happen at this school too. Oh and one last thing, bring cash... I tried to tip Megan on my credit card and the lady at the front said I couldn't put the tip on my credit card... WTF? I was forced to give her just the spare $5 I had with me, and I felt like a cheap shmuck.

Pros: Free hand massages with your cut.

Cons: Steet parking, and you can't put a tip on a credit card.

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I went in for a damage remedy with Dakota a few months ago. She was amazing! I had the most relaxing experience, and my damaged hair felt incredibily soft afterwards. She really took the time to pamper me and listen to my needs. I made a follow-up appointment for a color with Dakota, and was impressed yet again. Its amazing that students can do such a great job. She got me to the exact color I wanted. Request Dakota before she graduates!

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★★★★★

I went in for a damage remedy with Dakota a few months ago. She was amazing! I had the most relaxing experience, and my damaged hair felt incredibily soft afterwards. She really took the time to pamper me and listen to my needs. I made a follow-up appointment for a color with Dakota, and was impressed yet again. Its amazing that students can do such a great job. She got me to the exact color I wanted. Request Dakota before she graduates!

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I just went from long hair to short, and I love it. Best haircut I've recieved and it was only $16. I highly recommend Devi, she was very confident and a perfectionist. She communicated with me very well to make sure I was going to get a hair cut that worked with my lifestyle and my look. I came in not knowing exactly what I wanted and she was great at telling me what would work with my type of hair and shape of face and what wouldn't be as flattering. Devi is a very talented hair designer and I would recommend her to anyone. Be prepared, the $16 haircut takes 2 hours....but that includes massage, hairwash, makeup etc.

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★★★★★

I just went from long hair to short, and I love it. Best haircut I've recieved and it was only $16. I highly recommend Devi, she was very confident and a perfectionist. She communicated with me very well to make sure I was going to get a hair cut that worked with my lifestyle and my look. I came in not knowing exactly what I wanted and she was great at telling me what would work with my type of hair and shape of face and what wouldn't be as flattering. Devi is a very talented hair designer and I would recommend her to anyone. Be prepared, the $16 haircut takes 2 hours....but that includes massage, hairwash, makeup etc.

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I just had the most amazing hair cut from Andee. She is a sweet girls and loves to talk which is great because it made me feel like she really cared. Go see her, she is really good. Im going to tell all my friends to go there, I was that happy. Plus the tea is great and the teachers are really nice. Also while your in that area go check out Square room..such a cute store.

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★★★★★

I just had the most amazing hair cut from Andee. She is a sweet girls and loves to talk which is great because it made me feel like she really cared. Go see her, she is really good. Im going to tell all my friends to go there, I was that happy. Plus the tea is great and the teachers are really nice. Also while your in that area go check out Square room..such a cute store.

Pros: great tea, awesome music

Cons: Hard to find parking, and if you dont sched. early some time its hard to get an appt.

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I just moved to Seattle and had no idea where to get my hair done, so I looked on City search and was happy to find myself another Aveda school. I am a former stylist and went to an Aveda school myself, so I always like to give other students a chance. I called ahead and they booked me with the "cheapest" cut because the student was in the first phase of hair cutting. I ended up with Megan and could not have been more thrilled. She was extremely professional, completely thorough, and attentive throughout. Her "stress relieving scalp massage" was amazing, and you can tell that she is totally focused and happy to be doing it. This was important to me, because I know that when they stylist isn't into it, the massage is terrible. She also educated me about Aveda products without trying to sell me things I didn?t need. Megan turned my one-length hair that desperatly needed a kick, into beautiful layered hair, and I have never seen my hair look so good and have so much volume. I can't even do it like that and I was trained how! The entire process took only two hours for the massage, shampoo and cut, and only cost $14. Enough left over for a great tip and still a bargain! I think you pay more than that at Great Clips and it doesn't even begin to compare. I have another appointment with Megan in two weeks, and I intend to stick with her until she graduates in July. I think her cuts will be a little more now. Their prices go up a little as they get more experience, but it's never more than $20. In fact, now that she is doing color, and she showed me her portfolio, I will be in for some highlights soon! Bonus- Since the salon can't take kids, she recommended a great kids' salon she knows of on Mercer Island. I am recommending her to everyone I meet who wants an amazing service at an un-beatable price.

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★★★★★

I just moved to Seattle and had no idea where to get my hair done, so I looked on City search and was happy to find myself another Aveda school. I am a former stylist and went to an Aveda school myself, so I always like to give other students a chance. I called ahead and they booked me with the "cheapest" cut because the student was in the first phase of hair cutting. I ended up with Megan and could not have been more thrilled. She was extremely professional, completely thorough, and attentive throughout. Her "stress relieving scalp massage" was amazing, and you can tell that she is totally focused and happy to be doing it. This was important to me, because I know that when they stylist isn't into it, the massage is terrible. She also educated me about Aveda products without trying to sell me things I didn?t need. Megan turned my one-length hair that desperatly needed a kick, into beautiful layered hair, and I have never seen my hair look so good and have so much volume. I can't even do it like that and I was trained how! The entire process took only two hours for the massage, shampoo and cut, and only cost $14. Enough left over for a great tip and still a bargain! I think you pay more than that at Great Clips and it doesn't even begin to compare. I have another appointment with Megan in two weeks, and I intend to stick with her until she graduates in July. I think her cuts will be a little more now. Their prices go up a little as they get more experience, but it's never more than $20. In fact, now that she is doing color, and she showed me her portfolio, I will be in for some highlights soon! Bonus- Since the salon can't take kids, she recommended a great kids' salon she knows of on Mercer Island. I am recommending her to everyone I meet who wants an amazing service at an un-beatable price.

Pros: professional, clean, up-beat, trendy

Cons: The school can't take children

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From a former guest to a GMAI Alumni, I've been shown nothing but perfection. My hair has never looked better and I had the pleasure to attend the best institute for cosmetology/esthetics around not only in Washington, but in neighboring states.

If your a guest, you are taken care of by your stylist that is trained in one of the best educations in this profession, Aveda, but the best instructors in the business that check all guests for the highest quality experience on the market.

As a student you are in for an exciting education that helps you to get ready for real salon life. The cuts are technical and precise. The hair color is vibrant and is more complex then other color lines on the market. Aveda's hair color you can customize the tone and brightness of the hair itself. Once you know Aveda's education, all other color and cutting education isn't as complex. The cosmetology and esthetics education at GMAI allows you to have a head start in this industry and become an accomplished professional with endless possibilities.

Besides the advanced education, this school has further training at the Gary Manuel Salon with training salon Phase 3. This training expects perfection that teaches you to be a world class stylist and work for one of the best salons in Seattle, Gary Manuel Salon.

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★★★★★

From a former guest to a GMAI Alumni, I've been shown nothing but perfection. My hair has never looked better and I had the pleasure to attend the best institute for cosmetology/esthetics around not only in Washington, but in neighboring states.

If your a guest, you are taken care of by your stylist that is trained in one of the best educations in this profession, Aveda, but the best instructors in the business that check all guests for the highest quality experience on the market.

As a student you are in for an exciting education that helps you to get ready for real salon life. The cuts are technical and precise. The hair color is vibrant and is more complex then other color lines on the market. Aveda's hair color you can customize the tone and brightness of the hair itself. Once you know Aveda's education, all other color and cutting education isn't as complex. The cosmetology and esthetics education at GMAI allows you to have a head start in this industry and become an accomplished professional with endless possibilities.

Besides the advanced education, this school has further training at the Gary Manuel Salon with training salon Phase 3. This training expects perfection that teaches you to be a world class stylist and work for one of the best salons in Seattle, Gary Manuel Salon.

Pros: Thumbs up, amazing up beat environment

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I decided to try out the services at the GM Aveda Institute since the service was inexpensive and there were good reviews for it. I asked for a partial foil and long layers... and ended up with fried highlights and poofy mushroom layers. It wasn't really what I was looking for, so it's back to a real salon! I do have friends who have success with them, but if you have hair that can be complex to work with (like dark hair & highlights), I'd go there instead for the spa treatments.

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★★★☆☆

I decided to try out the services at the GM Aveda Institute since the service was inexpensive and there were good reviews for it. I asked for a partial foil and long layers... and ended up with fried highlights and poofy mushroom layers. It wasn't really what I was looking for, so it's back to a real salon! I do have friends who have success with them, but if you have hair that can be complex to work with (like dark hair & highlights), I'd go there instead for the spa treatments.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Hard to find parking, hair service was not good, hard to schedule a time

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As a recent graduate from GMAI, I have to say that it was a rollercoaster of an education. I graduated from the esthetics department and feel that my education was pretty average. Now, I've never studied esthetics anywhere else, so I could be wrong at how great the education really is.
Be forewarned that this is an AVEDA Institute, and with that comes the confines of only studying AVEDA's practices and philosophy (not that it is a bad one, at all.) Just know that you will REALLY have to work hard to be exposed to other (read: non-AVEDA) techniques, services, etc. I will say this, though, Teal and Michka are amazing at trying to be as open to other non-AVEDA practices as possible. They will guide you, and sometimes expose you to things that you wouldn't otherwise get to see in an AVEDA Institute.
That said, I think that the learning leaders really do care about the students at the school. My experience with the learning leaders in the esthetics department was awesome. I feel that they each bring something awesome and personal to the education table. I've learned a lot from each of them. On the other hand, being a student at GMAI and having to deal with the STAFF...sucks. The staff could care less about the students. Guest services needs an attitude check. Admissions needs an attitude check once students start. Career Services is about the only staff position that still genuinely cares about the students. Michelle in Career Services is your lady. Treat her kind.
Overall, the school is beautiful, the learning leaders really do care, and the staff could use some help. I would say come in and meet with someone, ask to speak to the head of the department you are looking to go into. Ask if you can look around, maybe even sit in on a class for a little while or something. Then you will have a better idea of what you're getting into.

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★★★☆☆

As a recent graduate from GMAI, I have to say that it was a rollercoaster of an education. I graduated from the esthetics department and feel that my education was pretty average. Now, I've never studied esthetics anywhere else, so I could be wrong at how great the education really is.
Be forewarned that this is an AVEDA Institute, and with that comes the confines of only studying AVEDA's practices and philosophy (not that it is a bad one, at all.) Just know that you will REALLY have to work hard to be exposed to other (read: non-AVEDA) techniques, services, etc. I will say this, though, Teal and Michka are amazing at trying to be as open to other non-AVEDA practices as possible. They will guide you, and sometimes expose you to things that you wouldn't otherwise get to see in an AVEDA Institute.
That said, I think that the learning leaders really do care about the students at the school. My experience with the learning leaders in the esthetics department was awesome. I feel that they each bring something awesome and personal to the education table. I've learned a lot from each of them. On the other hand, being a student at GMAI and having to deal with the STAFF...sucks. The staff could care less about the students. Guest services needs an attitude check. Admissions needs an attitude check once students start. Career Services is about the only staff position that still genuinely cares about the students. Michelle in Career Services is your lady. Treat her kind.
Overall, the school is beautiful, the learning leaders really do care, and the staff could use some help. I would say come in and meet with someone, ask to speak to the head of the department you are looking to go into. Ask if you can look around, maybe even sit in on a class for a little while or something. Then you will have a better idea of what you're getting into.

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Ricardo, at the Gary Manuel Aveda Insitute is definitely one of the best talent at this fine establishment. I have read the other reviews on here and have to say that it is definitely with whom you choose to receive service from in which makes your experience a great one. At first, I totally pictured the institute looking more like a school rather than a full service, high end salon. I love the atmosphere. The staff and students appeared professional to me for each of my 2 visits there thus far. If you ever have the chance to experience Ricardo's manificent expertise, I believe you will be stunned at the end of your appointment. You will feel completely as ease and feel confident that you left your hair in good hands. I am a snob when it comes to just anyone touching my hair but I decided to give Ricardo a try. Why? He exudes class and have to admit, a great salesperson. He convinced me. He took my long, one length super straight hair which ended at the curve of my back and turned it into a three-tiered supermodel volume of loose, wavy curls. My hair has never been able to keep curls. Ricardo taught me what I needed to do and what Aveda products to use. When I went back on my second visit, my three tiered hair became four as I became more confident in his expertise to give me a long side swept, whispy bangs. And I love it even more! Ricardo is extremely precise. He takes the time to listen, make the cut perfect and end with high style with a WOW factor. Since my first time, I have received bountiful amounts of compliments- at work, personal friends, my clients. I have since referred them to Ricardo and only hear nothing but great reviews. I recently attended my personal friend's birthday and she had her hair done by Ricardo. She is extremely estatic about her hair and I am even jealous! I have another appointment with Ricardo in the morning and he is doing my boyfriend's hair for the 3rd time. It's getting harder and harder to book an appt!

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★★★★★

Ricardo, at the Gary Manuel Aveda Insitute is definitely one of the best talent at this fine establishment. I have read the other reviews on here and have to say that it is definitely with whom you choose to receive service from in which makes your experience a great one. At first, I totally pictured the institute looking more like a school rather than a full service, high end salon. I love the atmosphere. The staff and students appeared professional to me for each of my 2 visits there thus far. If you ever have the chance to experience Ricardo's manificent expertise, I believe you will be stunned at the end of your appointment. You will feel completely as ease and feel confident that you left your hair in good hands. I am a snob when it comes to just anyone touching my hair but I decided to give Ricardo a try. Why? He exudes class and have to admit, a great salesperson. He convinced me. He took my long, one length super straight hair which ended at the curve of my back and turned it into a three-tiered supermodel volume of loose, wavy curls. My hair has never been able to keep curls. Ricardo taught me what I needed to do and what Aveda products to use. When I went back on my second visit, my three tiered hair became four as I became more confident in his expertise to give me a long side swept, whispy bangs. And I love it even more! Ricardo is extremely precise. He takes the time to listen, make the cut perfect and end with high style with a WOW factor. Since my first time, I have received bountiful amounts of compliments- at work, personal friends, my clients. I have since referred them to Ricardo and only hear nothing but great reviews. I recently attended my personal friend's birthday and she had her hair done by Ricardo. She is extremely estatic about her hair and I am even jealous! I have another appointment with Ricardo in the morning and he is doing my boyfriend's hair for the 3rd time. It's getting harder and harder to book an appt!

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Modern Decor, Ricardo is there.

Cons: Getting harder to make an appt. with Ricardo

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I was going to the Institute for awhile for cuts and colors for sometime now, and recently have noticed that they are going significantly DOWNHILL since Elle left. I went in the other day for a chocolate brown all-over color, and left with red roots and purplish hair. These people do not know what they are doing, and don't care. They offered me a free redo, but I said I will NEVER go to them again. I had to spend over $300 to look normal again. NOT WORTH IT

Update: Gary, Thanks for responding, but it doesn't make any difference. I had the color done two days before a job interview, and couldn't show up looking like Elvira. So no, I do not want your students to re-do my hair and have to spend $300 more to look normal. I appreciate your trying to make it right, but you wouldn't give me a refund OR reimburse me for having to spend $300 to get rid of the red roots and purplish tint. My original review still stands: your stylists don't care. I was very clear about what I wanted (chocolate brown) and I do not understand how they could let me leave with purplish hair and RED ROOTS.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was going to the Institute for awhile for cuts and colors for sometime now, and recently have noticed that they are going significantly DOWNHILL since Elle left. I went in the other day for a chocolate brown all-over color, and left with red roots and purplish hair. These people do not know what they are doing, and don't care. They offered me a free redo, but I said I will NEVER go to them again. I had to spend over $300 to look normal again. NOT WORTH IT

Update: Gary, Thanks for responding, but it doesn't make any difference. I had the color done two days before a job interview, and couldn't show up looking like Elvira. So no, I do not want your students to re-do my hair and have to spend $300 more to look normal. I appreciate your trying to make it right, but you wouldn't give me a refund OR reimburse me for having to spend $300 to get rid of the red roots and purplish tint. My original review still stands: your stylists don't care. I was very clear about what I wanted (chocolate brown) and I do not understand how they could let me leave with purplish hair and RED ROOTS.

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I had been here before for hair services and was always happy with the outcome so I thought it would be fun to take some girlfriends to get our make up done before a party. When we walked in the door there were several people (employees/students) standing around the entry way greeting us which was nice but also a little much. Once we were checked in we didn't wait long, however all 4 of us were booked for the same time and there are only 2 make up chairs. I ended up being seated on a massage chair backwards so they could do my make up which was VERY uncomfortable. My butt is still hurting. When I expressed my discomfort the girls doing my make up didn't really have anything to say. Finally when one of my girlfriends was done with her make up I insisted that I be moved to the empty chair. Unfortunately it was a little late because I was already in pain from such an uncomfortable chair. My make up turned out fairly ok as did one of my girlfriends, but my other two friends were incredibly displeased. One friend's eye make up was completely un-even and she ended up having to start over once she got home. My other friend looked as if she wasn't wearing any make up at all. I feel as though the staff/students weren't as professional as they should have been. It would have been nice if the instructor was overseeing the make up that was being done. I don't think I'll go back. I can get mediocre make up application for free at the mall!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had been here before for hair services and was always happy with the outcome so I thought it would be fun to take some girlfriends to get our make up done before a party. When we walked in the door there were several people (employees/students) standing around the entry way greeting us which was nice but also a little much. Once we were checked in we didn't wait long, however all 4 of us were booked for the same time and there are only 2 make up chairs. I ended up being seated on a massage chair backwards so they could do my make up which was VERY uncomfortable. My butt is still hurting. When I expressed my discomfort the girls doing my make up didn't really have anything to say. Finally when one of my girlfriends was done with her make up I insisted that I be moved to the empty chair. Unfortunately it was a little late because I was already in pain from such an uncomfortable chair. My make up turned out fairly ok as did one of my girlfriends, but my other two friends were incredibly displeased. One friend's eye make up was completely un-even and she ended up having to start over once she got home. My other friend looked as if she wasn't wearing any make up at all. I feel as though the staff/students weren't as professional as they should have been. It would have been nice if the instructor was overseeing the make up that was being done. I don't think I'll go back. I can get mediocre make up application for free at the mall!

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I had simply gone in for a brow waxing and thought it would be nice to also have a facial. I don't want to say who did it, but let me tell you I left with an irritated face and a terrible wax job that was red for over a week!

Go to experts that have already graduated and save yourself an embarrassing week at the office with bad skin and burns.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had simply gone in for a brow waxing and thought it would be nice to also have a facial. I don't want to say who did it, but let me tell you I left with an irritated face and a terrible wax job that was red for over a week!

Go to experts that have already graduated and save yourself an embarrassing week at the office with bad skin and burns.

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Really you can't beat this Institute. It's a great place to get a color or facial or massage or makeup and Aveda products. I have gone to two really good students that stand out in my mind. Rainy and Roman both did an excellent job with my color. And I have a lot of gray! I will admit I went to one student there that really just needs to go home but I don't think diming her out on the web is a good idea. That's why I didn't give this five stars. It was the last time I went to her for any services and when I almost ended up with her again I refused and asked for someone else. They really give a great service to Seattle. I am going back next week and Rainy is doing my color again. I know it will be excellent and I hope more people give this place their time and money because it is well worth it! Everyone needs a chance to become a professional. Most of the students there already are well on there way! Good Job!

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★★★★☆

Really you can't beat this Institute. It's a great place to get a color or facial or massage or makeup and Aveda products. I have gone to two really good students that stand out in my mind. Rainy and Roman both did an excellent job with my color. And I have a lot of gray! I will admit I went to one student there that really just needs to go home but I don't think diming her out on the web is a good idea. That's why I didn't give this five stars. It was the last time I went to her for any services and when I almost ended up with her again I refused and asked for someone else. They really give a great service to Seattle. I am going back next week and Rainy is doing my color again. I know it will be excellent and I hope more people give this place their time and money because it is well worth it! Everyone needs a chance to become a professional. Most of the students there already are well on there way! Good Job!

Pros: The value is great and the students do a great job

Cons: It in Capitol Hill where the parking is lacking......take the bus

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I looked up Gary Manuel Aveda Institute on this site and I saw a review for Emma that described how great she is. I decided to go her and she took the time to talk to me and find out my hair personality. We talked about how I like my hair and she gave some suggestions on what she thinks would look great and match my style. She was completely professional and personable. I finally found a new hairstylist who I love!!

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★★★★★

I looked up Gary Manuel Aveda Institute on this site and I saw a review for Emma that described how great she is. I decided to go her and she took the time to talk to me and find out my hair personality. We talked about how I like my hair and she gave some suggestions on what she thinks would look great and match my style. She was completely professional and personable. I finally found a new hairstylist who I love!!

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A good friend had recommended this place to me so I drove down from Bellingham to see what it was all about. The moment I walked into the door I was immediately greeted and welcomed. The staff was polite and very professional and I knew I was going to have a great experience! I chose to have a facial done (and yes guys get them too!) and I also chose Nichelle as my esthetician from a previous review I read on Citysearch and let me tell you she was absolutely wonderful and I could not have made a better choice! She was very professional, soft spoken and knew exactly what she was doing! Sometimes I was so relaxed I could not even speak! I highly recommended this place it was well worth the drive and for fifty bucks you can't beat it! Be sure to see Nichelle as you could not be in better hands!

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★★★★★

A good friend had recommended this place to me so I drove down from Bellingham to see what it was all about. The moment I walked into the door I was immediately greeted and welcomed. The staff was polite and very professional and I knew I was going to have a great experience! I chose to have a facial done (and yes guys get them too!) and I also chose Nichelle as my esthetician from a previous review I read on Citysearch and let me tell you she was absolutely wonderful and I could not have made a better choice! She was very professional, soft spoken and knew exactly what she was doing! Sometimes I was so relaxed I could not even speak! I highly recommended this place it was well worth the drive and for fifty bucks you can't beat it! Be sure to see Nichelle as you could not be in better hands!

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I have curly- unruly hair, and wanted to get a cut and color done. Everytime I get my hair done by a stylist it turns out bad. But I finally found my stylist and her name is Emma. Not only did she ask a lot of questions about what I wanted, she gave me a lot of other options, and I've never had such great results. If you want fabulous hair, go see Emma...!

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★★★★★

I have curly- unruly hair, and wanted to get a cut and color done. Everytime I get my hair done by a stylist it turns out bad. But I finally found my stylist and her name is Emma. Not only did she ask a lot of questions about what I wanted, she gave me a lot of other options, and I've never had such great results. If you want fabulous hair, go see Emma...!

Pros: royal treatment, and fabulous results

Cons: parking

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I have searched Seattle high and low for a good cheap haircut and THIS is the place to go. I have gotten several great cuts there, better than a couple local high end salons that shall remain unnamed. The stylists have all been very friendly, down to earth, and really pay attention to what I want done. The only downside is that they usually take a long time (like 2 hours) to get the job done. So if you go, make sure you have the time.

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★★★★★

I have searched Seattle high and low for a good cheap haircut and THIS is the place to go. I have gotten several great cuts there, better than a couple local high end salons that shall remain unnamed. The stylists have all been very friendly, down to earth, and really pay attention to what I want done. The only downside is that they usually take a long time (like 2 hours) to get the job done. So if you go, make sure you have the time.

Pros: Friendly people, great haircuts

Cons: Pay to park, haircuts take 2+ hours

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I don't know what this woman is doing with a pair of shears other than ruining hair. She was supposed to cut jawlength bangs and instead I got a chunk of hair chopped off to only 1" long on the left side of my head. I noticed immediately and her teacher ran over to help but you can't correct something like that. Her response "oh I made a mistake". I'd say! My appointment was at 10:15 am which I was on time for and due to her terrible technique and inefficiency, I didn't leave until after 5 pm. Her teacher had to correct my highlights too after Suki insisted that I'd have to come back because she had to leave on time. What? Since when is that the policy? I used to love going to the institute and meeting the students and having a decent experience for a decent price but this girl was a nightmare. Her teacher apologized repeatedly and said "yes, sometimes they mess up and mess up and then hopefully the figure it out at the end". Sheesh. Now I have to flat-iron a chunk of my hair every day and wear my bangs swept to the side until it grows out. I can't pull it back in a ponytail, nothing. My advice would be to go to the institute, just stay away from Suki!

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★★☆☆☆

I don't know what this woman is doing with a pair of shears other than ruining hair. She was supposed to cut jawlength bangs and instead I got a chunk of hair chopped off to only 1" long on the left side of my head. I noticed immediately and her teacher ran over to help but you can't correct something like that. Her response "oh I made a mistake". I'd say! My appointment was at 10:15 am which I was on time for and due to her terrible technique and inefficiency, I didn't leave until after 5 pm. Her teacher had to correct my highlights too after Suki insisted that I'd have to come back because she had to leave on time. What? Since when is that the policy? I used to love going to the institute and meeting the students and having a decent experience for a decent price but this girl was a nightmare. Her teacher apologized repeatedly and said "yes, sometimes they mess up and mess up and then hopefully the figure it out at the end". Sheesh. Now I have to flat-iron a chunk of my hair every day and wear my bangs swept to the side until it grows out. I can't pull it back in a ponytail, nothing. My advice would be to go to the institute, just stay away from Suki!

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After waiting WAY TO MANY MONTHS to get my hair done -- part of it being I have a toddler and I'm expecting my second bundle in a 7 weeks... I can never seem to find the time or justify spending a small fortune hair done! After stumbling upon the Aveda Institute on cityseach -- I read all the reviews and I love Aveda products so I was sold to try it out. I was more than pleasantly surprised!!! Essence was in charge of my hair...and WOW, she did a fabo job!!! I'm a natural red head and I just like to turn it up a notch. She worked her magic and provided me a full foil and hair cut. Not only was she great with my hair...she had a great personality and when you are sitting in a chair for 5 hours, 7 1/2 months preggo... you need someone that can keep you entertained and comfortable. I would highly recommend her! While sitting there a couple had just gotten facials together...they were both glowing and the guy was talking about how wonderful it was. So, I decided then that for Father's Day -- that's what me and my love would do! I made us appointments and we went on Saturday. It was like heaven on earth -- for $50 a piece we experienced a 90 minute facial that started with our feet. Nichelle was my Aesthetician in training and was PHENOMENIAL!!! For one, we loved the same style of music so she was easy to chat with! Secondly, she was very sweet when it came to making sure I was comfortably being preggo and all. Surprisingly I was able to lay on my back with a nice pillow under my legs for the whole 90 minutes without any back pain. She has some great, calming hands and made me feel like a million bucks! It was sooo relaxing and SOOO what I needed. My man enjoyed his just as much -- his nice dark skin was glowing when we was finished. We wrapped up by buying the product use on our face and both were glowing and relaxed. A must do again, and again, and again --- you get my point. For $50... you simply can't beat it!

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★★★★★

After waiting WAY TO MANY MONTHS to get my hair done -- part of it being I have a toddler and I'm expecting my second bundle in a 7 weeks... I can never seem to find the time or justify spending a small fortune hair done! After stumbling upon the Aveda Institute on cityseach -- I read all the reviews and I love Aveda products so I was sold to try it out. I was more than pleasantly surprised!!! Essence was in charge of my hair...and WOW, she did a fabo job!!! I'm a natural red head and I just like to turn it up a notch. She worked her magic and provided me a full foil and hair cut. Not only was she great with my hair...she had a great personality and when you are sitting in a chair for 5 hours, 7 1/2 months preggo... you need someone that can keep you entertained and comfortable. I would highly recommend her! While sitting there a couple had just gotten facials together...they were both glowing and the guy was talking about how wonderful it was. So, I decided then that for Father's Day -- that's what me and my love would do! I made us appointments and we went on Saturday. It was like heaven on earth -- for $50 a piece we experienced a 90 minute facial that started with our feet. Nichelle was my Aesthetician in training and was PHENOMENIAL!!! For one, we loved the same style of music so she was easy to chat with! Secondly, she was very sweet when it came to making sure I was comfortably being preggo and all. Surprisingly I was able to lay on my back with a nice pillow under my legs for the whole 90 minutes without any back pain. She has some great, calming hands and made me feel like a million bucks! It was sooo relaxing and SOOO what I needed. My man enjoyed his just as much -- his nice dark skin was glowing when we was finished. We wrapped up by buying the product use on our face and both were glowing and relaxed. A must do again, and again, and again --- you get my point. For $50... you simply can't beat it!

Pros: Inexpensive, great talent, relaxing atmostphere with great jams in the back ground!

Cons: Ummm... none really, other than you have to pay for parking -- but it's cheap.

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I was recently referred to the school by a friend of mine. His girlfriend is a student over there and so I went to Essence. She was not only very outgoing and sweet, but she put me to ease after I decided to highlight my hair for the first time ever. We cut off over 10 inches and went red!! She is such an amazing colorist and can get you laughing the whole time your there! Essence has quite a skill and I will continue to go to her and also follow her wherever she goes. Her sense of humor is out of the world and knows no stranger. I would recommend her to EVERYONE!!!! I've gotten so many compliments on my new haircut and color. She's great.

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★★★★☆

I was recently referred to the school by a friend of mine. His girlfriend is a student over there and so I went to Essence. She was not only very outgoing and sweet, but she put me to ease after I decided to highlight my hair for the first time ever. We cut off over 10 inches and went red!! She is such an amazing colorist and can get you laughing the whole time your there! Essence has quite a skill and I will continue to go to her and also follow her wherever she goes. Her sense of humor is out of the world and knows no stranger. I would recommend her to EVERYONE!!!! I've gotten so many compliments on my new haircut and color. She's great.

Pros: good customer service, friendly atmosphere

Cons: can only tip with cash

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After a noisy service due to the student next door jabbering while i tried to RELAX, and my very NEW student texting during the service for extended amounts of time, i was in short, dissappointed.This was 3 months ago. At check out, the

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★★★★★

After a noisy service due to the student next door jabbering while i tried to RELAX, and my very NEW student texting during the service for extended amounts of time, i was in short, dissappointed.This was 3 months ago. At check out, the

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Over the past few months of my sporadic 2+ years of going to the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, the front desk team & quality of services performed are finally worth MORE than their cheap prices. It seems like the newer staff at the desk is

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★★★★★

Over the past few months of my sporadic 2+ years of going to the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, the front desk team & quality of services performed are finally worth MORE than their cheap prices. It seems like the newer staff at the desk is

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Went in for a shoulder length straight cut. Sounds simple since my hair was already in the basic style and just needed a trim but 3-1/2 hours later I am wondering.... "what was I thinking"! The haircut was great and the student was very

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★★☆☆☆

Went in for a shoulder length straight cut. Sounds simple since my hair was already in the basic style and just needed a trim but 3-1/2 hours later I am wondering.... "what was I thinking"! The haircut was great and the student was very

 

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