Aveda Salons?

Does anyone have any experience with Aveda salons? Is their training somehow different or better than "regular" stylists? I'm thinking of going to one, and they have a girl there with curly hair. I might stop by later today to see what the atmosphere is like and to verify that she is in fact a curly.
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I used to 'only' go to Aveda salons before I started the whole CG routine and heard about Devachan consultants. I went to about 3 different Aveda salons, and I have to say they were all very good. I wore my hair straight at the time so I have no idea how they were with cutting curly hair as I always insisted they style it straight. I had lowlights done as well and they came out really, really good. If I didn't have access to a Devachan consultant but had an Aveda salon to choose from, then that would definitely be my next choice.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
Thanks! I'm mostly CG, but I don't have a cone phobia or anything, so I'm really hoping they'll use their new "Be Curly" stuff on me. That's actually the main reason I want to go... I want to try the products but feel guilty about spending more money. The guy that answered the phone told me that all their stylists are trained with curly hair (which I am sceptical about, but I guess it may be part of the Aveda training). I still insisted on having someone who actually HAS curly hair.
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Bailey, I just went to an Aveda salon last night to pick up "samples" of the new curly line. I don't even go there to get my hair done. They gave me little containers with the shampoo, conditioner, enhancer and control. I haven't tried them yet.

Do you have fine hair? I'm trying to get my curl out of my fine hair and I thought I'd try these products. Let me know how you like them.
Very fine, 2a, need more curl.
Jill in Harrisburg PA
My sister is a wavy and goes to an Aveda salon. She always gets a great cut and style.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
Oooh, I'm so excited now! My appointment isn't until the 22nd, so I can't wait. I'll go before then and see if I can get some samples.
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Let us know how you like the products!
Very fine, 2a, need more curl.
Jill in Harrisburg PA
Bailey, I used to frequently go to Aveda salons. The company was founded here in Minneapolis and my mom used to take us to the Horst School [named after the founder] when we were kids for cheap cuts. That was the first salon to take my curly hair seriously and taught me how to condition and style it so it would be curly and not frizz. I went to the school for a cut when I was around 20 and they used diffuser on my hair which was quite a novelty to me. That was about 16, 17 years ago.

A lot has changed since then. Around here, they're called "Juut" salons now. And of course Aveda is owned by Estee Lauder. But I've gone to Horst/Aveda/Juut salons throughout the years and have always been impressed.

As far as the training goes, I'm not sure how exactly it's run, but the Horst School is still here, a different building from when I was a kid, now near where I live currently. I don't know if all Aveda stylists go through that school/training. Some salons sell Aveda but that's it, some are actually Aveda concept salons. I'm gathering you're talking about the latter.

I also worked at an Aveda salon briefly while I was in college as a towel girl, haha and I was very impressed wtih the thoroughness of their standard employee training and development. Even for someone like me, who was mostly going to be making tea and drying towels. The best part was I got a spa service as part of my training a massage!
I found this one this morning while searching for a backup stylist to my future Deva stylist:

Landis * Aveda Salon

Curly hair, care, products, etc., is mentioned in several places throughout the site & there looks to be a few wavies & curlies on staff. Darby was going to go there, but they were booked almost a month out for the 10-minute consultation. So she went to the Deva stylist & continues going there.
The salon I'm going to is an Aveda concept salon. I guess I don't really get the difference between the different types. I know this one uses only Aveda products and dyes for their services. Are the stylist still well-trained? They also have 3 different levels: Stylist, Master Stylist, and Creative Designer. The girl I'm going to is the last one, so I'm thinking she should be good.
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Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 06:18 PM.
This one is what the Landis Salon is, which I linked to:

Aveda Lifestyle Salons/Spas
These are flagship Aveda salons and spas with a passion for service and commitment to our philosophy of connecting beauty, wellness and care for the environment. They offer Aveda Signature Services as well as the full range of Aveda products.
This one is what's at the closest mall:

Aveda Concept Salons/Spas
They offer Aveda hair care, skin care and makeup exclusively, in a relaxing and caring environment with an array of services.
I used to buy facial products from Aveda but over the past couple of years, my skin has decided to not accept Aveda any longer Too many botanicals I guess.
I can't use any of the hair products. Too heavy for my hair.
But I used to have a full service salon near my home and I went there all the time for facials, and massages. I LOVE their massages. But now I try and find less expensive ones. They do treat you very well tho Very pampering.
I'm still holding them in my back pocket if anything ever happens to my deva stylist. They're the only "backup" I can think of to have. I've had such BAD experiences with other places that also claim to know how to cut curly hair. I haven't had a decent hair cut til I found this deva stylist.
Whenever they wet my hair down and pull it out to give it a trim -- I KNOW, OH MAN!!, this person does NOT know how to cut curly hair.
One of these days I think I might try and make an appointment for a consultation to just find out exactly how they would cut my hair. I will have them take it step by step.
Darby
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
You can't use the flax seed gel or the elixir? I thought the elixir was super light. They have a salon about an hour from me and they carry all the products there.
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
I find the flax seed gel very light too.
And everything weighs my hair down.
"What's the good of having naturally curly hair if nobody's jealous?" Freida - Peanuts

~CG 8/06 ~
fine, wavy - 2b/3a
KCNT and KKCC

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