Aveda Institute Chicago

★★★☆☆
  • 2828 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-883-1560

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I specifically went in only to request a gilr cut my hair who had done a good job on someone else while I was walkign by. I sepcifically made an appt for a day that it would be very hard for me to leave work. So turns out the girl did not write down my request and put me with someone else!! If they can not do requests for people, then they should NOT tell people they can. the people that work here are snobby selfish girls!! Who care less about client satisfaction. Do not go here.

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I specifically went in only to request a gilr cut my hair who had done a good job on someone else while I was walkign by. I sepcifically made an appt for a day that it would be very hard for me to leave work. So turns out the girl did not write down my request and put me with someone else!! If they can not do requests for people, then they should NOT tell people they can. the people that work here are snobby selfish girls!! Who care less about client satisfaction. Do not go here.

Pros: none

Cons: Employees who do not care

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I've been three times (all for haircuts) and the first two times were wonderful. The third time the girl messed my hair up (it took almost 1.5 hours!) I have straight really easy hair (long layers) but her supervisor came in and just fixed it, I mean really fixed it, clearly the hair wasn't the same length on both sides, bad layers etc...that said after her supervisor fixed it, it was the best haircut of my life. And for 22 bucks (with tip) totally worth it!!!

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★★★★☆

I've been three times (all for haircuts) and the first two times were wonderful. The third time the girl messed my hair up (it took almost 1.5 hours!) I have straight really easy hair (long layers) but her supervisor came in and just fixed it, I mean really fixed it, clearly the hair wasn't the same length on both sides, bad layers etc...that said after her supervisor fixed it, it was the best haircut of my life. And for 22 bucks (with tip) totally worth it!!!

Pros: Even if the student doesn't do a great job their teachers are amazing!!!

Cons: I'm not sure if I would trust color to a random student

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I just went to the institute today for a simple trim. I have been to the Mario Tricocci school in the past and, while your hair is cut by students and the outcome is not completely perfect, the instructor comes over at the end and touches it up and perfects it. That was not the case at Aveda's school. The instructor looks it over but not well and does not fix it herself/himself. As I said I just went in for a trim, but I left with the worst haircut I have ever, ever had in my life (and Im a hair-experimenter so I've had many) - Its sooooo uneven in every layer and it looks crazy - I tried to have them fix it a little (in a polite way because the student was very nice and its not her fault that they do not receive enough guidance) but it seemed to be geting worse and worse so I just pretended to be happy at some point just so I could get her to stop! Needless to say, I will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I just went to the institute today for a simple trim. I have been to the Mario Tricocci school in the past and, while your hair is cut by students and the outcome is not completely perfect, the instructor comes over at the end and touches it up and perfects it. That was not the case at Aveda's school. The instructor looks it over but not well and does not fix it herself/himself. As I said I just went in for a trim, but I left with the worst haircut I have ever, ever had in my life (and Im a hair-experimenter so I've had many) - Its sooooo uneven in every layer and it looks crazy - I tried to have them fix it a little (in a polite way because the student was very nice and its not her fault that they do not receive enough guidance) but it seemed to be geting worse and worse so I just pretended to be happy at some point just so I could get her to stop! Needless to say, I will not be going back.

Cons: skill

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I went here to do waht I thought was a goodthing and help the students out.
Not worth it. This is NOT, I repeat, NOT an official AVEDA school. Therefore they are not held to the policies and customer service that official schools are: such as the one in NYC. (The NYC one is FABULOUS)
This was what was explained to me when I called complaining about my bad haircut.
One half of my head was poofed out and the other was cut too short.
I called Saturday and the receptionist said Customer Service was OUT until Monday.
I am NOT waiting for the work week for a bad haircut to get fixed.
I got my hair fixed at VanCleef down the street and they were so wonderful.
They made me realize that bad service is not an option - ever.
I just got off the phone with the customer service at the school and they said they would fix it for free. Sorry but the haircut was like two and a half hours long.
I don't have time for going down there, waiting, getting another two and a half haircut fix.
Please, think about supporting another hair school.
Or better yet, use the money you were going to spend on this "cheap" haircut, and instead spend it toward one you will truly love.
All the school said they would do is that I have to get a gift certificate in my name at the salon - they would only reimburse me for half my haircut.
I would have to travel all the way there, and spend more of my money there.
They said they won't mail it because they could be held liable. When I stated NYC mails gift certificates all the time, that's when she explained they are NOT like NYC school, because they are not OFFICIALLY part of AVEDA. Just a franchise school.
I never get upset. I am a very calm person. Customer service is monumental to me.
Especially in these times. No one should have to go through this.
So don't! Go somewhere else. Have fun and look wonderful.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here to do waht I thought was a goodthing and help the students out.
Not worth it. This is NOT, I repeat, NOT an official AVEDA school. Therefore they are not held to the policies and customer service that official schools are: such as the one in NYC. (The NYC one is FABULOUS)
This was what was explained to me when I called complaining about my bad haircut.
One half of my head was poofed out and the other was cut too short.
I called Saturday and the receptionist said Customer Service was OUT until Monday.
I am NOT waiting for the work week for a bad haircut to get fixed.
I got my hair fixed at VanCleef down the street and they were so wonderful.
They made me realize that bad service is not an option - ever.
I just got off the phone with the customer service at the school and they said they would fix it for free. Sorry but the haircut was like two and a half hours long.
I don't have time for going down there, waiting, getting another two and a half haircut fix.
Please, think about supporting another hair school.
Or better yet, use the money you were going to spend on this "cheap" haircut, and instead spend it toward one you will truly love.
All the school said they would do is that I have to get a gift certificate in my name at the salon - they would only reimburse me for half my haircut.
I would have to travel all the way there, and spend more of my money there.
They said they won't mail it because they could be held liable. When I stated NYC mails gift certificates all the time, that's when she explained they are NOT like NYC school, because they are not OFFICIALLY part of AVEDA. Just a franchise school.
I never get upset. I am a very calm person. Customer service is monumental to me.
Especially in these times. No one should have to go through this.
So don't! Go somewhere else. Have fun and look wonderful.

Pros: Smells nice

Cons: Horrible cut. Horrible customer service.

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As a former student I'll give the rundown, I'm going to give a truly honest review to a repetable website.
First of all, the hours are wrong. Currently the hours are tuesday-friday 9am-4:30pm. Fri-Sat. 8:30am-5pm. Soon they will be offering part-time students a change in hours to fit those who cannot attend the current hours.
Next, the students are well trained by very vigilant instructors. Depending on the level of the students you will receive different services. With the lower level students they will have more time spent with the instructors depending on their ability. This may increase the time you have to spend. The upper level students are given more free reign and probably less time to complete the service. No matter the level, the students try their hardest to give you quality salon service for low prices. They do not benefit from giving you mediocre care.
There are always limitations. It's recommended to use the parking garage for discounted fees, meters do not always reflect the amount of time necessary and we cannot always feed the meter for you. Also if the instructors desire a longer service for your hair please do not use the time told by the extremely qualified receptionists in vain.
Lastly it's common practice to give retouches & classic cuts. If you are looking for extreme, sassy cuts & color we are there for you! Aveda is more then just a naturalist sort of place. We want to always experiment and the best part about is that the instructors are there to assume the cut you want is what you get.

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★★★★☆

As a former student I'll give the rundown, I'm going to give a truly honest review to a repetable website.
First of all, the hours are wrong. Currently the hours are tuesday-friday 9am-4:30pm. Fri-Sat. 8:30am-5pm. Soon they will be offering part-time students a change in hours to fit those who cannot attend the current hours.
Next, the students are well trained by very vigilant instructors. Depending on the level of the students you will receive different services. With the lower level students they will have more time spent with the instructors depending on their ability. This may increase the time you have to spend. The upper level students are given more free reign and probably less time to complete the service. No matter the level, the students try their hardest to give you quality salon service for low prices. They do not benefit from giving you mediocre care.
There are always limitations. It's recommended to use the parking garage for discounted fees, meters do not always reflect the amount of time necessary and we cannot always feed the meter for you. Also if the instructors desire a longer service for your hair please do not use the time told by the extremely qualified receptionists in vain.
Lastly it's common practice to give retouches & classic cuts. If you are looking for extreme, sassy cuts & color we are there for you! Aveda is more then just a naturalist sort of place. We want to always experiment and the best part about is that the instructors are there to assume the cut you want is what you get.

Pros: Good cuts & color

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I had my hair cut by a student and it was not a good experience to say the least. I have long hair and wanted choppy layers. She cut it with a razor and almost eliminated all of my length. DON'T LET THEM USE A RAZOR FOR LONG HAIR! The highlighting has been pretty good, expect it takes 2 hours or more. I spent 4 hours in the chair before and was late for work. The main issue is the price changes. One time I spent $30 for a full head of highlights on shoulder length hair. Another time (the same highlights and length hair) I spent $80. I'm not sure where they come up with the numbers, but make sure you ask. I have yet to try the spa and unfortunately I would rather have a professional who charges more to give me the moneys worth of service. It's a toss up when you arrive, if the student is knowledgeable or not.

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★★★☆☆

I had my hair cut by a student and it was not a good experience to say the least. I have long hair and wanted choppy layers. She cut it with a razor and almost eliminated all of my length. DON'T LET THEM USE A RAZOR FOR LONG HAIR! The highlighting has been pretty good, expect it takes 2 hours or more. I spent 4 hours in the chair before and was late for work. The main issue is the price changes. One time I spent $30 for a full head of highlights on shoulder length hair. Another time (the same highlights and length hair) I spent $80. I'm not sure where they come up with the numbers, but make sure you ask. I have yet to try the spa and unfortunately I would rather have a professional who charges more to give me the moneys worth of service. It's a toss up when you arrive, if the student is knowledgeable or not.

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I was in Chicago visiting my sister and she made us hair appointments here. It is students who do all the services, but the teachers are looking over their shoulders every second. I received a very nice hair cut, and I have curly hair so its usually quite hard to deal with! I saw the prices for all of their other services and they are really a deal!

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★★★☆☆

I was in Chicago visiting my sister and she made us hair appointments here. It is students who do all the services, but the teachers are looking over their shoulders every second. I received a very nice hair cut, and I have curly hair so its usually quite hard to deal with! I saw the prices for all of their other services and they are really a deal!

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The Aveda Institute of Chicago is a great place to go for a haircut. The stylists are all very professional! And the place is extremely clean! It is certainly a great deal here too.

I know some people may be hesitant since it is a teaching institute, but rest assured they are not allowed to cut hair until they have had the proper training.

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★★★★☆

The Aveda Institute of Chicago is a great place to go for a haircut. The stylists are all very professional! And the place is extremely clean! It is certainly a great deal here too.

I know some people may be hesitant since it is a teaching institute, but rest assured they are not allowed to cut hair until they have had the proper training.

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Really, if I could split it, this review would read "5 stars for spa services/2 stars for hair services".

Im a big fan of Avedas student-service spa at least for facials. For a fraction of the full cost, you can get a leg massage, facial, extraction, steam, and facial massage from a fairly knowledgeable student. The one hassle is waiting for their instructor to come and examine their work.

The student haircuts? Not nearly as good. Both haircuts I got here were disasters that had to get corrected at a real salon. Perhaps I got inexperienced students, and I was sporting a graduated bob at the time (not the easiest haircut to do), but its not worth the savings.

PROS: Spa!
CONS: Hair!

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★★★☆☆

Really, if I could split it, this review would read "5 stars for spa services/2 stars for hair services".

Im a big fan of Avedas student-service spa at least for facials. For a fraction of the full cost, you can get a leg massage, facial, extraction, steam, and facial massage from a fairly knowledgeable student. The one hassle is waiting for their instructor to come and examine their work.

The student haircuts? Not nearly as good. Both haircuts I got here were disasters that had to get corrected at a real salon. Perhaps I got inexperienced students, and I was sporting a graduated bob at the time (not the easiest haircut to do), but its not worth the savings.

PROS: Spa!
CONS: Hair!

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It is hard to find a place in the city where you can get an affordable haircut. However, at the Aveda Institute, I was able to get a high quality cut and style for only $13. They offered great tips for hair care and the students there are very professional. I would highly recommend this salon.

PROS: Cheap and great service.
CONS: Parking is not convenient. It's best to take public transporation.

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★★★★☆

It is hard to find a place in the city where you can get an affordable haircut. However, at the Aveda Institute, I was able to get a high quality cut and style for only $13. They offered great tips for hair care and the students there are very professional. I would highly recommend this salon.

PROS: Cheap and great service.
CONS: Parking is not convenient. It's best to take public transporation.

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I've found it difficult to find a reasonable hair salon in the city, with cuts at least $50 and highlights much more. This salon is actually for the students of Aveda beauty school to get experience. All of thier work is supervised by an instructor. They also offer spa services. A haircut is about $13. Be prepared to spend more time in the chair, since the stylist new and a bit slower. Also you will be more successful if you know what you want, rather than relying on the stylist to decide. Also, the hours of the salon are much better than many other beauty schools that offer services.

PROS: Price
CONS: Weekends fill fast

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★★★★☆

I've found it difficult to find a reasonable hair salon in the city, with cuts at least $50 and highlights much more. This salon is actually for the students of Aveda beauty school to get experience. All of thier work is supervised by an instructor. They also offer spa services. A haircut is about $13. Be prepared to spend more time in the chair, since the stylist new and a bit slower. Also you will be more successful if you know what you want, rather than relying on the stylist to decide. Also, the hours of the salon are much better than many other beauty schools that offer services.

PROS: Price
CONS: Weekends fill fast

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This is a salon and spa with student stylists and estheticians. If you are trusting with your hair, you can get a great haircut for as little as $13 on a weekday and $15 on the weekend. Despite being student stylists with minimal experience, they are very talented and will do a great job with your hair. Color and highlighting services are also available. They use Aveda products, and if you ask for a sample to take home, they will usually give you something. At this price - it is a steal, and every haircut has been great. They are very young and their vision is fresh so they are excellent with younger clients. If you need an updo - you can get one for $21.50. They also offer spa services but I have yet to try any of those. Definitely worth it! Book your appointments in advance by calling - they can get pretty booked, especially for color appointments.

PROS: Price, Friendly staff, Support a learning institution
CONS:

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★★★★☆

This is a salon and spa with student stylists and estheticians. If you are trusting with your hair, you can get a great haircut for as little as $13 on a weekday and $15 on the weekend. Despite being student stylists with minimal experience, they are very talented and will do a great job with your hair. Color and highlighting services are also available. They use Aveda products, and if you ask for a sample to take home, they will usually give you something. At this price - it is a steal, and every haircut has been great. They are very young and their vision is fresh so they are excellent with younger clients. If you need an updo - you can get one for $21.50. They also offer spa services but I have yet to try any of those. Definitely worth it! Book your appointments in advance by calling - they can get pretty booked, especially for color appointments.

PROS: Price, Friendly staff, Support a learning institution
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The Aveda Institute is a learning environment so you can't be guaranteed a certain person for your services and it also takes a bit more time for your services.

I've had body wraps there and for the price they cannot be beat. $45-$50 for a body wrap is unheard of in a day spa. So, if you are looking for some pampering withou the price try them out.

PROS: Price
CONS:

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★★★★☆

The Aveda Institute is a learning environment so you can't be guaranteed a certain person for your services and it also takes a bit more time for your services.

I've had body wraps there and for the price they cannot be beat. $45-$50 for a body wrap is unheard of in a day spa. So, if you are looking for some pampering withou the price try them out.

PROS: Price
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