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Aveda Institute

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(27 Reviews)

235 3rd St S Ste 100, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 820-3160

Today: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Phone: (727) 820-3162

Phone: (813) 283-3235

TollFree: (877) 283-3235

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University Park - South Downtown, Downtown St. Petersburg

Aveda Institute Florida

Aveda Institute St Petersburg

Beauty Schools, Industrial, Technical & Trade Schools
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Aveda Institute does not care about NEW customers!

This was my first visit to Aveda. I called one week ahead of time to make my appt. I called the day before to make sure I had enough time for the appt. I arrived on time and they told me to sit and wait. As people were walkiing in off the street, the students would come and get them one by one and they did not have appts. already set. I asked if someone could take me and the girl went in the back and stated someone would be out. Another 10 minutes and no one came out. Now the entire lobby was cleared out except me. I had waited 25 minutes & left and told them I will never come back since this is the way they treat thier NEW customers! Obviously, my business was not important to them. I should contact Tabatha's Take Over and let them know how not to be trained in an Institute! Those students won't be making any money living on ""word of mouth!"" I will make sure everyone knows the experience I had at the Aveda Institute!!!



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I keep going back....

I've had my hair cut there several times, usually by masters students, once by one level below. I've only gotten one not-so-great cut (by a masters student overseen by an educator more interested in looking at herself in the mirror than checking my cut). One time I had the best cut I've ever gotten in my life by a masters student- but she did fill me in on similar horror stories about the program that I've seen in other reviews- aloof educators, long days, can't sit down, harsh rules etc. She said to do over she'd have never gone to school there. Love to find her now, she was awesome, but I think it was more about talent and motivation rather than the program at Aveda that made her so good.

Judy Nadeau


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I really like what they've done with my hair and make up for special occasions, but I feel that they could be more friendly.



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My daughter attended the Aveda Institute in St. Pete, FL
She was excited and impressed by the appearance of the school, we were told they had a high graduation rate and that the guaranteed job placement. All not true.
Once all the funds had been paid for her tuition they started to harass her, write her and it appeared they were going out of their way to terminate her from the program, I soon found out she was not alone. It was seriously the worst experience ever. She regrets choosing the Aveda Institute, and we want to make sure that any one who is looking at this school, be aware of the fact that they will terminate you for non sense, like being tardy or missing a saturday, even if you have a death in the family or are sick, one student had to produce a death certificate for her grandmother to avoid being terminated, another was terminated for not putting her cigarette out more than 2 blocks away from the school, when she tried to appeal the decision she was told that the Aveda Institute sees themselves as the juliard of hairdressing which is ridiculous. This is a trade school, and no it is not julliard not even close. My daughter was terminated for missing a saturday. If you have completed more than the intro phase they keep 100% of your tuition, so we feel it is a numbers game they enroll as many students as possible then get rid of them as soon as they can keep the money, my daughter said there were over 50 in her intro class and less than 10 graduated.



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worst salon experience!

I was there from 5:30 until 9 pm. They close at 8 pm and only stayed after talking to the director who agreed to cut my hair which was my real intention. The teachers were horrible, did not know what they were doing (SANDY). If she shows up to help you student run out the door. My color is horrible and she would not let the student stay to cut my hair. It took 45 mintues of toner to fix the color issue and it still looks horribel. I will never return. I am going to my usual salon in 2 days to fix this fiasco. I would never go back or to any AVEDA salon again.



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DO NOT GO!!!!!!

Okay, yes I know they are give them a really is the idiot instructors! The first time shame on them, the second time shame on me! Yes! Second time I came back to get the same burgundy, blackish hair!!! I brought in pictures and said over and over and over NO RED! After 3 hours the instructor said that they were closing and there is nothing he could do! I work 6 days a week - only ONE day off each week I can't just take off hours and hours to have them ""fix"" my hair! Save your money up and go to a real salon! YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!



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Prospective Students Beware

The school is one that everyone should stay away from and consider alternatives in the area. This school does not allow personal expression and individualism. The current director is only there for profits and the days when this school was a happy place are long gone. If you are a young student, you will find the rules to be next to impossible to follow without having to pay huge money for repeat phases and termination lingers at every corner with the director. The current reputation in the hair industry in the area is not very positive and one should be very careful with their choice to attend. The Aveda name is what you are paying for and that does not mean you are getting any better education that you could get for less or you could get at a school that is not run like a military academy. Many of the instructors are not Aveda trained and the Aveda ""way"" is not real world. The lack of breaks, hard concrete floors, drill sergeant director, arrogant instructors etc. make this school a very cold environment-one that contradicts the Aveda original philosophy. In fact, school is a total contradiction to the ""canned"" philosophy the company has found to be their niche. Nice products, Great name, but horrible school.



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been to Aveda 3 times..

I've never had a problem at Aveda. the service has always been great. just keep in mind that they are students. my advice is to always take pics with you of the cut you want, which i never do because i get my hair cut on a whim. luckily the students all have their own scrapbooks full of hairstyles that they have put together. they take their time, i've never been out of there in less than an hour and half for just a cut and style, but all three times they seemed excited to work on me. i've gone there ready to chop my hair off only to have the stylist be timid about taking length off (which turned out to be one of the best styles i've ever had), and i've gone in wanting to keep it long and watching 3-4 inches turn into 6ish but the cut was nice. i've watched people walk out of there with some awesome haircuts and color. the cuts are rarely what i expected them to look like but i keep going back because they're never bad, i'm not picky, it grows back, and it's cheap and only a block away from my apt. i say give it a try.

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Don't get your nails did...

I get my hair cut at the Aveda School and love it.

I got my nails done and hated it...The nail tech did not want to be there...she rushed through the appointment, it was supposed to be an hour and a half appointment I was done in less than an hour. My friend had the same appointment and was done in 30 minutes. It looks like a 3 year old painted my nails, and you get better exfoliation from a walk on the beach.

I will go back to the mall to get my nails done from now on...



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I'm a student at Aveda.

For those asking about tuition, as in any college, you're best to visit and ask questions in person. When I started, tuition was right under 15,000. Now it is $18,000. and RUMORED to rise to $23,000. ~ The following is MY personal opinion, but I'm rather certain that in speaking to other students, you'd receive very similiar, if not the same information. Let's get this straight.....this school is owned my 2 business men. They invested in a product they believed in, but make no mistake, they do not have a background in cosmetology and the beauty industry. Yes, they want to turn out excellent stylists, also, for their school to thrive .....and TO MAKE MONEY. (don't we all?) ~ The school is tough, will not succeed if you do not study. No, not all the educators are excellent. There is a bit of aloofness from the educators to the students, which is very unfortunate when confidence building could be so beneficial. This school is not for the unmotivated. Also, remember, this is an Aveda school so you learn the ""Aveda way"". Some of the schools rules reflect the laziness of administrators and teachers not wanting to deal with student issues. (example: if you are in a car accident on the way to school, verify this in fact is true and arrive late to class, you are sent home for the entire day. You lose 11 hours of learning. Neither the student or the school benefit from this rule. Just the administrator who does not have to deal with the student.) As colleges go, this is very unprofessional. ~ The days are long....on your feet the entire time....concrete floors. Seems odd we're taught to hold scissors a certain way, or retain a certain posture at the shampoo bowl in order to maintain our physical health, yet they design a school with concrete floors. ~ This school is not enjoyable. This statement is heard daily amongst students. BUT...Aveda does have a good reputation in comparision to other schools. ~ For those using the services......THIS IS A SCHOOL. We all here wish we could have a thousand mannequins to work on first, but we don't. Not every cut, color or service will be perfect. We work hard, and we try hard, but if that's not enough for you, then this is not the place for you. We'll see you after graduation, and that's fine. ~ Finally, I'll say this.....this school tries so hard to prepare their students for the ""real world"", that in many ways they've lost reality on what the ""real world"" truly is. Yes, when I graduate, I'll have learned alot, appreciate my education and be glad it's over.



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Do NOT get nails done

The hair salon was good. I went to a master's student and she did a very good job. I really like the color, although she did cut it a little shorter than what I had asked for. So, make sure that you tell them very clearly what you're looking for and probably tell them that you want it a little longer than what you're actually looking for.

In addition, do NOT get your nails done there. The stylists that have just come out of level one do the nails for two weeks or so and then go back to hair, where it seems they would rather be anyways. When you see that a pedicure is going to take an hour and a half, it isn't a good hour and a half, and they're fumbling around finding products and lightly rubbing your foot with files. I literally don't think the girl did anything, and mine took two hours. The seat was so terribly uncomfortably that I couldn't stay for a manicure. It's a metal bench with a patio pillow on it with your back to the wall. It was a really terrible experience.



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I would only go again if I knew the stylist!!

I've been to the aveda institute four times now to get hair services done. Every time was pretty much a complete disaster. I would go back after awhile and give them the benefit of the doubt (because my friends have gotten their hair done there and it looked great). However, I was unlucky I guess, because I never got what I had asked for. I've gotten my hair chopped off...when I DID NOT ASK IT TO BE...I've gotten an all over color that turned out looking like a spotted mess...and I got bangs that were entirely too short. Although, I was mad at the time when I had all of this take place (mostly because you have to pay no matter HOW MESSED up your hair is)... the thing I had to realize was that these are STUDENTS...and they are LEARNING on YOUR head. If that is a risk you are willing to take then I would recommend Aveda, because I have had friends that have gotten really good things done to their hair there. I would go there again only if I knew the student doing my hair and trusted them.



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Worst customer service EVER!!!! Only go if you want to be treated badly.

I used to go to the Aveda Institute in downtown St. Petersburg because it was fairly cheap, convenient, and I liked the stylist that they booked me with. Well, the front desk is probably the most unwelcoming atmosphere, which is a shame because once you get past them, the experience is usually okay. The woman who usually works there treats you as though she's doing you a favor by waiting on you. It has just gotten so unpleasant, and there are so many other places to go where they actually appreciate your business and treat you like a human.



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For future reference

if not 18,000,00 then how much is the tuition and how is it there?.................... i've heard so many good things..................... so id jus like to hear it from someone who is there now



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I am a student at Aveda St Pete, ready to graduate.

Hello, I am saddened to see the reviews on this site for my school. I graduate in June of this year and have had nothing put positive experiences. I go there on my days off and have my hair done by students not in my class and never have had a bad time. My guests always leave satisfied and if something had gone wrong (which nothing has) I promptly correct it. I have had numerous guests sent to me specifically from the front desk, other students that are graduating or have graduated along with my Educators or other educators to have me fix or enhance what another student has done. Granted not everyone there is going to fit you and your hair concerns, if you went to a salon that wasn't a school who is to say that you wouldnt have gotten the same results? There is usually a miss communication as to why you were unhappy with your hair or something wasnt the way you had hoped. Dont forget to speak up if you're not sure you're going to get what you want, what can it hurt? It's your hair, you know how you want it make sure they know it. Don't leave unhappy, tell the girls in retail who are always happy to help you, that something wasn't right and they will do their best to make sure you leave happy and can have someone correct a mistake.

Please don't say horrible things about my school or Educators. It is a GREAT school with AMAZING education and I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. Please come and see us students, without you we wouldn't have a school or a career.

:) Jen.



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Aveda Institute

Let?s get our facts right. I am a student in the school right now. I have 20 other students in my class and we have two educators that are there all the time to help us when we get in a jam. I love my teachers; they help me to be my very best every day. Please don?t bash my school when you don?t know what you are talking about!



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Get your facts straight - Its a beautiful environment!!!

The tuition is NOT $18,000.00 and I AM getting a great education. Every class has a minimum of 2 educators/teachers. I am about to graduate and I have been hired at one of the best salons in town and a salon that was voted top 200 in the country - Cant be all that bad!!!!



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One of the best cuts and color I ever got.......

I also cannot believe the negative comments....I had my hair done by a girl named Aubrey. Wow! I have paid $200.00 before and not had the wonderful out come that I had with her cutting/coloring my hair. She was truly happy to be doing my hair and was so very sweet and caring. Yes, it does take a little longer that normal, but I hope that if you are reading this you will give them a chance. For me, it was a great decision.



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Aveda Institute

I am appalled by what I just read about the Aveda Institute. It is probably one of the best experiences I have ever had at a beauty school. I tend to go to beauty schools wherever I live for my hair color because I love helping kids help themselves. My sister went to beauty school. The difference is at this school is that these kids really care about you. I went back to the same student three times while they were in school. I can understand a person having a bad experience but that happens in life, people helping people or not. I recommend you give it another try.