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