Recent Alumnus 2013-08-19T15:24:22Z
Personally I believe the Aveda name is great. Their products do what they are intended to do and work awesome. I'd say I'm an Aveda girl all the way BUT the school mmm not so much. At least not the one in San Antonio.
The educators are just careless! The administration is clueless and the front desk people are so rude and annoying.
If your passion is really in this field I'd suggest going to a different school. Because here you learn everything the AVEDA way. They teach you so that they could keep you with them forever, you go over the :stateboard: one time at least depending on what educator you have each phase. Going through each phases they last about 9 weeks the last week for nails and skin for one class day we learned how it should be done when taking the stateboard. for my perm class the educator was so clueless and was so careless she was perhaps the only one who taught us for the full 9 weeks how to roll 6 little rollers for stateboard. and never taught us about other perming techniques. didn't let us practice using actual perm solutions. even worse you learn perms on one of your last phases and you could start getting perm guests after that phase is over with little to no experience you could be there rolling a perm for hours! i got to do one perm before i finished school, ONE perm. Great experience but wish I had more practice on real people. for your first 9 weeks you learn haircuts and infection control... men haircuts are done the last 2 weeks of that phase and you go through them so fast it's ridiculous, only get to practice on one male model before you're thrown out there.. my whole time there I only had 2 male guests you'll need to practice the haircuts on your own if you're interested in doing mens cuts or put yourself out there if you want male guest. with makeup they let us "practice" one class day for about 2 hours giving us a piece of paper telling us where to put what .
As seen in my experience: Yea the servies to be done on stateboard are not that hard to remember but still we only went over it once per phase. your last 4 months there they go over stateboard practical but depending on the educators you get MY CLASS only practiced it twice. you do nails, facial, chemical services [all over color, new growth, and virging relaxer] shampoo, haircut, perm, waving services, and thermal waving. The real hard part is taking the written exam. You learn everything the Aveda way.. which is way different than the test. A lot of my friends who took it failed it some have taken it over 4 times before passing it because Aveda doesnt prepare you for that. Pretty much, you'd fail that test if you don't study your ass off and take it seriously.. They teach you straight out of Aveda books when they should be teaching or at least giving us Milady books - you know... something useful.
Front desk people- the people who book appointments for you and hand you travelers are easy to manipulate. If you dont get close to them and kiss ass, you could be booked all day long or be given guests no one else wants. As a student there I always took everything they gave me with a smile because I like doing what I do.. I love it and I saw it as more experience to me. But there were a lot of times I took a guest when I should have been taking my lunch. I'd be clocked in 10 hours a day or more! And if I did happen to complain about it, there was always one of the front desk people with a little remark "but you get more minutes, you could leave school sooner this way!" and laugh as they handed me my traveler. And there were times I would be given someone elses traveler because they didn't feel like doing a full foil... so those people got moved to work in dispense where really its a self serve >.< and other students would get the unwanted guests.
you get graded off every traveler if you retain the guest and sell them products. But front dest people are also supposed to sell products and reach their weekly goals. my last two months there, front desk would first show guests the products and would sell them stuff, by the time i got to them the credit for that sale went to the receptionist and i didn't get credit for the sale because front desk stole that from me.. making my "gpa" go lower.
OVER ALL if you want to work at an Aveda salon this is an ideal school for you, just keep in mind you still have to study hard to be able to pass your written test. if you don't want to work at an Aveda salon but still want to be in this school then you'll have to work a little harder when you're out in the "real world" It's nothing like it is at Aveda. And if you're just looking for a beauty school to go to, save your money for another one. Honestly coming into this institute I had no idea what Aveda was, I've come to love it though. The Aveda way is really amazing it's different and I feel like it will open a lot of doors for me in the future. After being in school for almost a year I became Aveda Certified I got an invitation to stay with them at K Charles and am really considering that possibility. Because I was taught the Aveda way and I could sell the Aveda products because I know them and I know them well. No thanks to the educators but to the lazy students that "Dream of being great cosmetologist and making the world a better place" who didnt take the guests that ended up being mine and didnt have the opportunity to have even more experience. And thanks to the front desk staff for over booking me and letting me have the opportunity to experiment with people's hair and actually experiencing what it will be like out of school. BUt i suppose i should really thank the people who keep going to that school for services.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-30T04:12:30Z
Being a student that just graduated from the school I thought I should share my experience that I have had at the school. There are many things wrong with the school. The owner Holly could careless abiut what is going on with the school than coming in and fixing her friens hair for free Shannon the keeper of hours would rather sit in her office ans play on face book then help the students. There are a selecft few of educators who are completely amazing but of course get screwed over by the people jn charger but the other edicators who completely useless get away with everything they want. I had worked but my butt off to graduate before their "BIG MOVE" but still have not received my hours to take my test. And my last thing the front desk staff completely suck except for three of them. The others are just money hungry thre two managers will take guest 45 minutes late but make them as new appointments even if you haven't got a lunch all. Very few people at that school care.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-07T18:11:57Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
The epitome of things going wrong, no professionalism at all
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-07T18:08:01Z
Most work is easy, but understanding will take time
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-07T18:05:10Z
If you miss a class day you can not make it up and will lose out on a lot of experience and knowledge
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-07T17:49:25Z
Aveda is NOT the school they claim to be. Their staff is very unprofessional, nothing is ever organized. They change their attendance policy whenever they feel like it. There is never any product or color. The educators and administration does not communicate properly. Therefore you are left lost and confused to a lot of things. It's mandatory you consult with an educator a few times with a guest visit, finding an educator is one of the most frustrating thing about Aveda. There is NEVER enough educators on the floor or they simply just want to gossip. When checking out, their machines never work so youre stuck waiting in a long line. The receptionist are rude and are not too friendly. You'll find yourself in an environment where educators are more immature than the actual students. Aveda puts out a reputation of being nature friendly, but really is about finding a way to make the next dollar. Their staff does not care about your personal problems, religious beliefs, or medical issues, as long as they have money coming in. All financial money that is owed to the student or school is deposited onto the Holly and Chase account not a seperate school account. The financial aid lady, never wants to help you and ironically is not in every time a check disbursement is due, she has the day/week off. You must stay up to date on your paperwork because they will screw yoi, telling you, you owe money, they are quick to correct themseleves and say it was a mistake if you show them where they are wrong or bring in somebody who knows how FASFA works.There were two financial aid ladies but one was fired, now a lot of paperwork has been messed up for a lot of students, wrong school year of attendance is being put out for students, so income taxes are incorrect. Transfer hours are.incorrect and info for FASFA is incorrect leaving students with major delays. Aveda takes out a "room and board" fee of $1500 when there is no room and board. You pay $1200 for a kit that is worth about $100. There is always a new staff coming in and out. During your time there, you'll see the change in staff many of times. Its obvious nobody likes being employed with them, besides the grumpy old people that's been there for years. They have incentives for selling product , but your order to receive cheaper supplies never comes. Its stuck on "back order" Aveda is over populated, they are enrolling tons of students and there is simply no room. Some seniors are put in a "rollie" which means you dont have a station, you borrow somebody elses when they are in class. Classrooms use to be nomore then 15 students now its a tremendous increase. Every student is giving a certain amount of hours (depending on the phase) to miss a month. If you go over you must make up those hrs or be terminated. This attendance policy was effective in December 2012. Aveda said there will be ways to make up hours each month. In Jan. they had no fieldtrips to make them up. You have an opportunity to make up 9hrs a wk with "Salon Life" but only 10 students may stay. Many students had more hrs to make up than humanly possible due to having the flu already planned trips during the holiday season and wheather conditions, leaving at least 20 students terminated. Aveda didnt care about giving a fair shot to make up hrs. They encourage you to skip lunches if you have not met your hours for the month. They don't care if you waiting to go to lunch or ran late on a guest. They'll give you a guest and send you home for refusing a guest. State law says you have a 30min break for every six hrs on the clock. When making an appt, you rarely are put with the stylist you requested . Aveda is moving locations very soon and refuses to inform guest of the change. This school is the epitome of a ripoff. I can go on and on about Aveda, but frankly I can write a book on how screwed this school is. The issues and complaints on this school is ridiculous. PLEASE DO NOT ENROLL FOR FAILURE!!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-23T15:56:18Z
SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS SCHOOL!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT THIS SCHOOL!!! INSTRUCTION IS SECOND CLASS...MOST INSTRUCTORS HAVE LITTLE TO NO EXPERIENCE TEACHING AND FEW HAVE MORE THAN A FEW YEARS WORKING IN ACTUAL SALONS. ATTENDANVE POLICY IS UMTEASONABLE...IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY OR OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES YOU WILL BE TERMINATED!!! AND DON'T GET SICK OR NEED SURGERY BECAUSE YOU WILL ALSO BE TERMINATED!!! SAVE YOURSELF $17,000 AND GO TO A SCHOOL THAT LIVES UP TO THEIR NAME!!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-04T15:29:22Z
At Aveda the environment is awesome,its open everybody is friendly. I also like the fact that you cant have your cell phone out when you are on working on campus. This is awesome because it keeps us concentrated and not distracted by texting or calling your friends.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-04T15:27:27Z
After I graduate from Aveda Institute i plan to open my own shop with a couple of friends that want to major in cosmetology too. Its not easy to expect people to come in to your chair and do their makeup, hair, or nails. However i know that once my friends and i graduate from schools, we will figure something out to open our shop.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-04T15:22:29Z
Seniors 2012 – As the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end,you realize that your friends that have been with you trough out the whole school year,will soon become strangers.Moving out to go to college.I must say my senior year has been the best,I became extra close to my friends and living our last experiences to the max.
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