Jean Madeline Aveda Institute

Where to get an inexpensive haircut? Why, the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute! I usually have a friend cut my hair, but about twice a year I need a professional. Well, I opted for someone who was learning to be a professional from a professional school. I went to the Bainbridge St. location (there are 3, altogether) and got a haircut from Claudia. Claudia was very nice. She gave me a scalp massage, a hand massage, washed my hair, cut it, worked on some long layers for me, and trimmed my bangs. It looks very good, I must say, and she was a very sweet girl with a nice personality. I told her she was very intense, but she preferred to call it “focused.” Yes, that was a better choice to describe the time and care she put into my haircut, and I hope all the students are this serious about their careers. They certainly did look like they were having fun.

The salon offered all kinds of treatments, including facials and body wraps. I must say that if you choose to go there you must 1. sign a waiver – remember they are learning, and 2. be prepared to be there for a little longer than your usual trip to the salon – again, they are learning. We had to stop a few times for checking by the instructor. I was there from about 2:15 to 4:30. I felt so bad, becuaseI forgot to tip Claudia, thoughtless and hurried customer that I was. Here, I am offering a public apology to Claudia. I only remembered once I was half way home. (I did go back this week and leave her something.) Claudia, you did an excellent job!

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