Realizing most of these reviews are really old, I decided to give this place a chance. Needless to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The second I walked in the store, I was greeted with a "Welcome to Ulta!" even though the cashiers were busy. Two in particular, Stacy (a quiet, tall person), and Emily (shorter, dark hair) were extremely friendly and helped me find a new mascara I absolutely ADORE as well as a few other things (the store still has a tendency to be a little confusing at times, unfortunately, but I know it's not the fault of the people there). The best person there was a quieter girl (unfortunately, I can't remember her name at the moment... I'm sure it'll come back to me later...) who worked as the skin therapist. Emily directed me to her at one point when I asked her a question about skin care products, and I'm honestly so glad I got the chance to talk to this wonderful girl. She smiled and asked me what I was looking for before making recommendations, most of which I was unsure about until she started explaining the benefits and differences of each one. She even asked me about what I am using at home to see if there was anything I should change about my routine. I eventually decided to get the $20 "microzone" she recommended (they're like mini-facials), and have discovered that it was not only more than I expected, but well worth every penny spent and more. I have never felt my skin so soft and smooth before, and in only 20 minutes! I made another appointment with her in just another couple of weeks, and will definitely be keeping it!
I've been going to Avant for about 13 years now and have been through several stylists and used different services from them. Overall, I really like the place. I got my last haircut from a stylist that I hadn't used before, Daisy, and she was great. She was really fast and gave me a great haircut that didn't look like I had just gotten it cut. I love that. The salon always smells nice since they use Aveda's aromatherapy products, and my favorite part is getting my hair washed. The aromatherapy scalp massage is always so relaxing. I also like the other nice touches like a beverage bar with a single serve coffee machine, cold water dispenser, juice pitchers, etc. Also, Avant sometimes has a 15% off sale for their gift cards and Aveda products which are a steal of a deal since they're almost never on sale. So here's the ugly for why they don't get 5 stars. I had been using a stylist for years and then all of a sudden, she was gone. I found out that she was accused of colluding with some other stylists to start a new salon, so she was let go because of it. Well, I know for a fact that that wasn't the case, and they never apologized to her or even offered to take her back. She had been working there and had worked her way up ever since she graduated from high school. I'm still a little disturbed by this and don't know how I feel about it.
I always drove by this salon but never knew what kind of services were offered. It's nestled away by office buildings on Old Jollyville Road between 360/183/Mopac. I went for my first haircut with Jennifer this week and she was fabulous. The salon is small and intimate - she is the only stylist who works there right now. She told me that it was an old house that they transformed into a salon. There are two main hairdressing chair stations, a few hair dryer seats and sinks, two spa pedicure chairs and two nail stations. I was very impressed at Jennifer's professional and friendly attitude. She made me feel comfortable and made my hair look great - just what I wanted. I really like the small feel of the salon - sometimes the noise and distractions of huge salons with tons of workers can be a bit much for me. I loved the personalized attention here. Pricing is very reasonable - a woman's haircut was $30 for me - including a wash and dry. I believe Jennifer also does the nails herself - the pricing seemed a bit high for the mani/pedi's but the color and cut services all seemed very reasonable. She did a fantastic job and I will definitely go back! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great hairdresser. Thanks, A'Salon!!!