Avanti Salon

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I have to agree exactly with some of the reviews about this place, if you are looking for a chic address in a supposedly "cool" type setting and not mind the quality of work and the noise, then you should go there, but if you are looking for talent, style and confident professionals to take care of your hair then most definitely forget about it!. They are good at promoting their salon but the content at best is mediocre, my experience was even worse.

I also have to agree with some of the reviewes about Jill, I too had the unfortunate experience of going to her, being my first time there I made sure she will see the way my hair style looked, I explained to her in detail that I am looking for a trim and not a cut, the moment she layed her hand on my hair it was evident that she lacked the confidence, after all one immediately feels it, and for that reason I repeatedly reminded her that she needs to trim and not cut.,she kept saying yes and minutes later, the result was there a disaster!, my hair was not as short as this for the past several years!...

...she asked me what did I think of her work and I told her that I was not satisfied, was unhappy, this was the shortest I have seen my hair for years and not what I repeatedly told her todo so, first she started crying!...after I brought to her attention that if she is a professional in what she does she should not cry, she gathered herself and said "well if you were looking for longer than this then you should not have came in for a cut!", when she said that it was evident that she will not recognize her mistake...realizing how unprofessional she was and to cut it short I told her that after all it's just matter of time and it will grow againand her answer was "yes, after all it is just hair...".

After paying $70 for this horrible cut, the feeling with which I left the place was shock and disbelief!...I definitely do not recommend you to overpay for such a poor quality service rendered by Jill, I guess it is difficult to hire good talent in these salons and they have tokeep mediocre ones around.

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I have to agree exactly with some of the reviews about this place, if you are looking for a chic address in a supposedly "cool" type setting and not mind the quality of work and the noise, then you should go there, but if you are looking for talent, style and confident professionals to take care of your hair then most definitely forget about it!. They are good at promoting their salon but the content at best is mediocre, my experience was even worse.

I also have to agree with some of the reviewes about Jill, I too had the unfortunate experience of going to her, being my first time there I made sure she will see the way my hair style looked, I explained to her in detail that I am looking for a trim and not a cut, the moment she layed her hand on my hair it was evident that she lacked the confidence, after all one immediately feels it, and for that reason I repeatedly reminded her that she needs to trim and not cut.,she kept saying yes and minutes later, the result was there a disaster!, my hair was not as short as this for the past several years!...

...she asked me what did I think of her work and I told her that I was not satisfied, was unhappy, this was the shortest I have seen my hair for years and not what I repeatedly told her todo so, first she started crying!...after I brought to her attention that if she is a professional in what she does she should not cry, she gathered herself and said "well if you were looking for longer than this then you should not have came in for a cut!", when she said that it was evident that she will not recognize her mistake...realizing how unprofessional she was and to cut it short I told her that after all it's just matter of time and it will grow againand her answer was "yes, after all it is just hair...".

After paying $70 for this horrible cut, the feeling with which I left the place was shock and disbelief!...I definitely do not recommend you to overpay for such a poor quality service rendered by Jill, I guess it is difficult to hire good talent in these salons and they have tokeep mediocre ones around.

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Less than mediocre! I can not exaggerate how disappointing this experience was! Jill lacks in every way shape and form! I went in for a trim, after painstakenly growing my hair out for the past 2 1/2 years she completely ignored and went ahead to chop off well, leaving me with the awkward, lackluster, haircut that I so wanted to avoid... and was the reason for me growing my hair out in the first place.

If I had known she would have chopped my hair so short, I would have 1) not gone there and saved myself the pain or 2) asked for an angled cut so it's not so darn boring and ... just there. I am strongly considering going to another salon this weekend

If I'm going to shell out $100 for a haircut (which, by the way, on the website they state that the haircuts are $60 and up, and I chose to get my hair done by the only available stylist, Jill... bad mistake... they don't differentiate between the $60 cuts and the $100 cuts) then I'm going to want to walk out feeling like I got my money's worth. Not the case at all.

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Less than mediocre! I can not exaggerate how disappointing this experience was! Jill lacks in every way shape and form! I went in for a trim, after painstakenly growing my hair out for the past 2 1/2 years she completely ignored and went ahead to chop off well, leaving me with the awkward, lackluster, haircut that I so wanted to avoid... and was the reason for me growing my hair out in the first place.

If I had known she would have chopped my hair so short, I would have 1) not gone there and saved myself the pain or 2) asked for an angled cut so it's not so darn boring and ... just there. I am strongly considering going to another salon this weekend

If I'm going to shell out $100 for a haircut (which, by the way, on the website they state that the haircuts are $60 and up, and I chose to get my hair done by the only available stylist, Jill... bad mistake... they don't differentiate between the $60 cuts and the $100 cuts) then I'm going to want to walk out feeling like I got my money's worth. Not the case at all.

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PRISCILLA IS AMAZING! I went to Priscilla at Avanti after having a bad experience at a pricey Newbury Street Salon. I needed a color correction and cut that would tame my mane. I have a LOT of frizzy hair that is hard to control. I told

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PRISCILLA IS AMAZING! I went to Priscilla at Avanti after having a bad experience at a pricey Newbury Street Salon. I needed a color correction and cut that would tame my mane. I have a LOT of frizzy hair that is hard to control. I told

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I have searched forever to find a colorist in Boston. Priscilla Collins corrected my brassy yellow hair and made it perfect! I had her style my hair for my wedding on the Cape. It was a windy hot day, however; thanks to Priscilla my

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I have searched forever to find a colorist in Boston. Priscilla Collins corrected my brassy yellow hair and made it perfect! I had her style my hair for my wedding on the Cape. It was a windy hot day, however; thanks to Priscilla my

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If you want the BEST BLOND HIGHLIGHTS... go to Priscilla Collins at Avanti Salon. She is the Best in Boston! Not only do I love her talent but she is really cool too. The front desk staff made me feel comfortable and Priscilla is my

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If you want the BEST BLOND HIGHLIGHTS... go to Priscilla Collins at Avanti Salon. She is the Best in Boston! Not only do I love her talent but she is really cool too. The front desk staff made me feel comfortable and Priscilla is my

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Priscilla Collins is the BEST CORRECTIVE COLORIST in BOSTON. I have been to so many salons on Newbury St.. searching for the perfect blond highlights. Priscilla gave me the most gorgeous Blond Highlights I have ever had. She taught me

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Priscilla Collins is the BEST CORRECTIVE COLORIST in BOSTON. I have been to so many salons on Newbury St.. searching for the perfect blond highlights. Priscilla gave me the most gorgeous Blond Highlights I have ever had. She taught me

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I must say my review is about Hair Stylist Danielle Elwood. She takes the worse hair conditions from bad cuts to very poor hair extensions or colors and is very gifted in turning them out right. She spends time with the blow dry, finishing with spectacular results. When you leave after her final touches you feel like you've walked off a Chic magazine shoot. I always come away feeling so good about my cut, color and style. My hair is so very dry and difficult to color but she turns it all around into pure beauty. Thank you Danielle!

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I must say my review is about Hair Stylist Danielle Elwood. She takes the worse hair conditions from bad cuts to very poor hair extensions or colors and is very gifted in turning them out right. She spends time with the blow dry, finishing with spectacular results. When you leave after her final touches you feel like you've walked off a Chic magazine shoot. I always come away feeling so good about my cut, color and style. My hair is so very dry and difficult to color but she turns it all around into pure beauty. Thank you Danielle!

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I have had the pleasure of being introduced to this salon because the owner and management have participated in Buy With Me coupons. This is a BIG benefit to the staff to ensure a healthy flow of business and allow new clients to try out

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I have had the pleasure of being introduced to this salon because the owner and management have participated in Buy With Me coupons. This is a BIG benefit to the staff to ensure a healthy flow of business and allow new clients to try out

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I am very displeased with the experience I had at Avanti salon. When I first arrived, the atmosphere seemed fine and I must admit, the woman who shampooed my hair gave me one of the best head massages, well, ever.

I was dismayed, however, by the poor job done by my stylist Jenida. I booked an appointment with her based on city search reviews, and had high expectations. I was very disappointed, however, in the job she did. From the moment she started cutting my hair to the time she claimed to be finished, only 20 minutes had passed-- including the blow dry. NEVER in my days of paying for $60+ haircuts have I ever experienced such a short cut. After she finished drying my hair, I thought she was going to continue with a dry cut...nope. She asked me how I liked it instead! I was shocked to say the least, considering the amount of time she spent actually cutting my hair was probably under ten minutes.

On top of this, she managed to give me one of the worst and most sloppy looking blowouts I have ever seen. It looked like my hair had air dried, which, mind you, does not look good.

Stupidly I gave this woman a good tip and forgot to tip my shampooer. I will not be going back to this salon, although I did see one woman leave with a beautiful cut. Do not book with Jenida!

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I am very displeased with the experience I had at Avanti salon. When I first arrived, the atmosphere seemed fine and I must admit, the woman who shampooed my hair gave me one of the best head massages, well, ever.

I was dismayed, however, by the poor job done by my stylist Jenida. I booked an appointment with her based on city search reviews, and had high expectations. I was very disappointed, however, in the job she did. From the moment she started cutting my hair to the time she claimed to be finished, only 20 minutes had passed-- including the blow dry. NEVER in my days of paying for $60+ haircuts have I ever experienced such a short cut. After she finished drying my hair, I thought she was going to continue with a dry cut...nope. She asked me how I liked it instead! I was shocked to say the least, considering the amount of time she spent actually cutting my hair was probably under ten minutes.

On top of this, she managed to give me one of the worst and most sloppy looking blowouts I have ever seen. It looked like my hair had air dried, which, mind you, does not look good.

Stupidly I gave this woman a good tip and forgot to tip my shampooer. I will not be going back to this salon, although I did see one woman leave with a beautiful cut. Do not book with Jenida!

Pros: Friendly staff, BEST shampoos

Cons: Stylist

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Priscilla is the BEST!

I went to see Priscilla at Avanti Salon after reading some great reviews of her on Yelp. Everything about her skills and her ability to listen was true. My hair was a mess. Priscilla highlighted, low-lighted and glazed my hair, and it came out exactly as I wanted it to. I looked and felt great when I left the salon. She also gave me a great deal for parking. All of her clients can park with the Taj Boston Valet and it only costs $20 ALL DAY after a service with Priscilla!
P.S . She has her own website!

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Priscilla is the BEST!

I went to see Priscilla at Avanti Salon after reading some great reviews of her on Yelp. Everything about her skills and her ability to listen was true. My hair was a mess. Priscilla highlighted, low-lighted and glazed my hair, and it came out exactly as I wanted it to. I looked and felt great when I left the salon. She also gave me a great deal for parking. All of her clients can park with the Taj Boston Valet and it only costs $20 ALL DAY after a service with Priscilla!
P.S . She has her own website!

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Call Avanti NOW, and schedule an appointment with PRISCILLA! Her consultation skills are perfect. She listens, she performs, she delivers in all the ways a great hair stylist should.

I was referred to Priscilla by Katrina Hess (also AMAZING / the best makeup artist ever) about 2 years ago. Priscilla saved my hair. No one could seem to get my vision. Priscilla listened, and now my hair is the best it has ever been. She also taught me how to blow it out myself, so I look great every morning before I go to work!!!

Priscilla also styled my hair for my wedding last August and she surpassed ALL expectations. She arrived early, with a smile on her face, and made us all look and feel special and gorgeous. My husband had tears in his eyes and his mother was impressed! Our wedding album came out better than expected due to Priscilla's expertise. I had no idea how much Priscilla's positive energy would keep me composed throughout the whole day.

Thank you sooooooo much Priscilla!

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Call Avanti NOW, and schedule an appointment with PRISCILLA! Her consultation skills are perfect. She listens, she performs, she delivers in all the ways a great hair stylist should.

I was referred to Priscilla by Katrina Hess (also AMAZING / the best makeup artist ever) about 2 years ago. Priscilla saved my hair. No one could seem to get my vision. Priscilla listened, and now my hair is the best it has ever been. She also taught me how to blow it out myself, so I look great every morning before I go to work!!!

Priscilla also styled my hair for my wedding last August and she surpassed ALL expectations. She arrived early, with a smile on her face, and made us all look and feel special and gorgeous. My husband had tears in his eyes and his mother was impressed! Our wedding album came out better than expected due to Priscilla's expertise. I had no idea how much Priscilla's positive energy would keep me composed throughout the whole day.

Thank you sooooooo much Priscilla!

Pros: Reliability, Professionalism, Confidence & Fun!

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i recently had my haircut from val at avanti and i have to say its the best haircut ive ever had! i was searching for a new salon and avanti had so many good reviews online i called to make an appiontment..luckily i got in that same day..val was really friendly and explained the haircut she had in mind for me and i love it..i left feeling like a celebrity she gave me a cool curled blowout..ive gotten so many compliments..the whole salon is friendly from the assistants to the front desk..i definetly reccomend val at avanti

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i recently had my haircut from val at avanti and i have to say its the best haircut ive ever had! i was searching for a new salon and avanti had so many good reviews online i called to make an appiontment..luckily i got in that same day..val was really friendly and explained the haircut she had in mind for me and i love it..i left feeling like a celebrity she gave me a cool curled blowout..ive gotten so many compliments..the whole salon is friendly from the assistants to the front desk..i definetly reccomend val at avanti

Pros: friendly, easy to get an app, val

Cons: parking

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John McKenna is an artist. He does a fabulous job cutting hair. The salon is spotless and gives a nice warm feeling. The staff is friendly and helpful with their advice, I wouldn't go anywhere else in Boston.

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John McKenna is an artist. He does a fabulous job cutting hair. The salon is spotless and gives a nice warm feeling. The staff is friendly and helpful with their advice, I wouldn't go anywhere else in Boston.

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I recently visited a stylist named CHOBANIAN (like the yogurt) and I must tell the world ! I recieved the most impressive service ever to be had in talent.I lived in Italy for years and had my hair done by Coppola . So as you know my fears for experimenting in my color and haircuts was very high. Needless to say she assured me she would impress me with her talents and she did. I received multi-dementional color that looked so amazing and natural which was the key word. I promised her my friends and all my acquaintances will be sure to see her. If I can be pleased with my hair service anyone can.I have a very high profile position and do need to look great.Do yourself a favor try her out its CHOBANIAN . Be sure to specify the name.

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I recently visited a stylist named CHOBANIAN (like the yogurt) and I must tell the world ! I recieved the most impressive service ever to be had in talent.I lived in Italy for years and had my hair done by Coppola . So as you know my fears for experimenting in my color and haircuts was very high. Needless to say she assured me she would impress me with her talents and she did. I received multi-dementional color that looked so amazing and natural which was the key word. I promised her my friends and all my acquaintances will be sure to see her. If I can be pleased with my hair service anyone can.I have a very high profile position and do need to look great.Do yourself a favor try her out its CHOBANIAN . Be sure to specify the name.

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I have followed Louise Chobanian back to Avanti and I will never be dissapointed. She knows just how to suggest and veiw your image and style without pressure. Her talentsare endless. She sits with you and consults in detail and she listens. I have always recommended friends and family to her because she basis her buisness on refurals. She colors my hair with a multidementional tecnique that mimics natural looking locks. I have even had perms from her and my waves have looked amazingly natural.Louise Chobanian is #1 in our eyes... see for yourself!

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I have followed Louise Chobanian back to Avanti and I will never be dissapointed. She knows just how to suggest and veiw your image and style without pressure. Her talentsare endless. She sits with you and consults in detail and she listens. I have always recommended friends and family to her because she basis her buisness on refurals. She colors my hair with a multidementional tecnique that mimics natural looking locks. I have even had perms from her and my waves have looked amazingly natural.Louise Chobanian is #1 in our eyes... see for yourself!

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After three years of using bleach, horrible damage (complete breakage around the crown and nape of my neck, leaving me with Julius Cesar-style bangs), I decided to switch salons, and see a ?color corrective specialist.? Well, he dyed my hair a deep brown/reddish color (more suited for a dog) and told me there was nothing he could do?to live with it. Another stylist in the salon suggested I make an appointment at Avanti Salon on Newbury, which is where I met Richard Caron. He was at first apprehensive about doing any more damage to my hair, but said he could fix it. He ordered a special hair dye remover to get my hair back to light (without further damage) and then created a special formula that would make me blonde again?without the bleach. In the end, I love this color more than the bleach blonde before, and my hair is healthy and growing again! Richard is exactly what you should want in a hair stylist?creative, knowledgeable, professional and he?s not afraid to ask his colleagues for their opinion to ensure his clients leave fully satisfied with the best possible color. I recommend Richard without hesitation to anyone in search of an amazing hair color, and especially if you are in need of color correction?you won?t regret it!

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After three years of using bleach, horrible damage (complete breakage around the crown and nape of my neck, leaving me with Julius Cesar-style bangs), I decided to switch salons, and see a ?color corrective specialist.? Well, he dyed my hair a deep brown/reddish color (more suited for a dog) and told me there was nothing he could do?to live with it. Another stylist in the salon suggested I make an appointment at Avanti Salon on Newbury, which is where I met Richard Caron. He was at first apprehensive about doing any more damage to my hair, but said he could fix it. He ordered a special hair dye remover to get my hair back to light (without further damage) and then created a special formula that would make me blonde again?without the bleach. In the end, I love this color more than the bleach blonde before, and my hair is healthy and growing again! Richard is exactly what you should want in a hair stylist?creative, knowledgeable, professional and he?s not afraid to ask his colleagues for their opinion to ensure his clients leave fully satisfied with the best possible color. I recommend Richard without hesitation to anyone in search of an amazing hair color, and especially if you are in need of color correction?you won?t regret it!

Pros: Amazing color, pretty salon, nice reception, parking garage across the street

Cons: Middle of the road expensive--but same as every other Newbury Salon

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Avanti Salon does everything to make you look and feel beautiful. Hair color, manicures, pedicures, micro-dermabrasions, facials, and all that jazz has women flocking to 11, Newbury Street despite insufficient parking. White walls and white light with rectangular mirrors gives a spacious look to the place. Be sure to meet Bernice, Alex or Nancy; they are fantastic.

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Avanti Salon does everything to make you look and feel beautiful. Hair color, manicures, pedicures, micro-dermabrasions, facials, and all that jazz has women flocking to 11, Newbury Street despite insufficient parking. White walls and white light with rectangular mirrors gives a spacious look to the place. Be sure to meet Bernice, Alex or Nancy; they are fantastic.

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First, Bernice is the greatest nail tech in Boston. The pedicures here are a little pricey at $50, but after a full hour of foot cleaning, my feet are so beautiful and soft you could kiss them! She uses this foot sanding machine that's not painful at all like some scrapers out there and your feet will come out smooth and polished. I go here as often as I can afford it. Lasts long enough for a polish change or two at the cheap places too.

Second, Julia does the most beautiful blowouts I've ever seen. Two friends of mine see her for cut and color and they kept coming back with shiny smooth, voluminous curls cascading down their shoulders. So, when I had an event, I went to her and have never had a better blowdry in my life. Now, I go to her for all my special occasions and it lasts for days. Holiday parties, new year's eve, birthdays...I look great that night and for a few days after. That's why I always make sure to get a blowdry from her just before vacations, so when I step off the plane, I know I already look fabulous.

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First, Bernice is the greatest nail tech in Boston. The pedicures here are a little pricey at $50, but after a full hour of foot cleaning, my feet are so beautiful and soft you could kiss them! She uses this foot sanding machine that's not painful at all like some scrapers out there and your feet will come out smooth and polished. I go here as often as I can afford it. Lasts long enough for a polish change or two at the cheap places too.

Second, Julia does the most beautiful blowouts I've ever seen. Two friends of mine see her for cut and color and they kept coming back with shiny smooth, voluminous curls cascading down their shoulders. So, when I had an event, I went to her and have never had a better blowdry in my life. Now, I go to her for all my special occasions and it lasts for days. Holiday parties, new year's eve, birthdays...I look great that night and for a few days after. That's why I always make sure to get a blowdry from her just before vacations, so when I step off the plane, I know I already look fabulous.

Pros: Julia, Bernice

Cons: not inexpensive (but worth it)

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After years of searching I finally found the perfect hairstylist. I have difficult hair, but Janida always knows exactly what to do with it to make it look great. Equally important, she is so sweet and personable. She always makes me feel comfortable, she is not the least bit snobby like the rest of the professional staff. My experiences there are always great, but the very best part is the shampoo when they give a very relaxing head massage. The assistants are always very attentive. AND...the prices are very reasonable.

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After years of searching I finally found the perfect hairstylist. I have difficult hair, but Janida always knows exactly what to do with it to make it look great. Equally important, she is so sweet and personable. She always makes me feel comfortable, she is not the least bit snobby like the rest of the professional staff. My experiences there are always great, but the very best part is the shampoo when they give a very relaxing head massage. The assistants are always very attentive. AND...the prices are very reasonable.

Pros: Janida, head massages

Cons: limited waiting area is uncomfortable at times

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i recently got my hair cut and foiled from Valerie at Avanti and it came out great! i heard good things about this salon from friends and decided to try it out..and i couldnt be happier with the results..she was so nice and made me feel beautiful..the prices are pretty reasonable for newbury st its worth a trip to boston..

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i recently got my hair cut and foiled from Valerie at Avanti and it came out great! i heard good things about this salon from friends and decided to try it out..and i couldnt be happier with the results..she was so nice and made me feel beautiful..the prices are pretty reasonable for newbury st its worth a trip to boston..

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Avanti is a fun, upbeat and stylish place to get a haircut. I'm a guy with long hair, and Kevin is the best stylist I've found anywhere for giving my hair a perfectly layered and sculptured look. He cuts it just as I like, never too long or too short, takes his time, and is a really nice guy, doesn't chat your ears off.

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Avanti is a fun, upbeat and stylish place to get a haircut. I'm a guy with long hair, and Kevin is the best stylist I've found anywhere for giving my hair a perfectly layered and sculptured look. He cuts it just as I like, never too long or too short, takes his time, and is a really nice guy, doesn't chat your ears off.

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I just had my hair straitened by my stylist Louise Chobanian not to be confused with the other Louise. All I can say is AMAZING. She controlled my wirey, frizzy hair in 5 hrs. It was educational and fun.The compliments Im getting are increadable. Im spreading the word. Its hard to find a person who listens and understands and is increadably professional.Oh, the salon is beautiful too. The employees are friendly and nice. The salon is energetic. I love it and my stylist too!

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I just had my hair straitened by my stylist Louise Chobanian not to be confused with the other Louise. All I can say is AMAZING. She controlled my wirey, frizzy hair in 5 hrs. It was educational and fun.The compliments Im getting are increadable. Im spreading the word. Its hard to find a person who listens and understands and is increadably professional.Oh, the salon is beautiful too. The employees are friendly and nice. The salon is energetic. I love it and my stylist too!

Pros: professional,attentive

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Avanti is a great place to get your hair styled and I am a big fan of the salon. The people at Avanti are friendly, their prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is comfortable. I was introduced to Avanti by following one of their stylists there, Richard Caron. Richard has been styling my hair for a number of years (too many to count) and in my opinion he is one of the best stylists on Newbury Street or in Boston for that matter. Richard is a versatile stylist; every time I want a new look ? he pulls it off with ease. If I want to continue with a certain style, he consistently delivers. He is an artist. His attention to detail and focus makes you believe that you?re his only customer of the day.

Due to my work schedule, I sometimes go long period between cuts, but Richard?s work is so great, that my hair grows out perfectly ? the sign of a fantastic cut. Not only do I get a great cut each time, but also I feel good when I leave the salon and walk down Newbury Street - always with a big smile.

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Avanti is a great place to get your hair styled and I am a big fan of the salon. The people at Avanti are friendly, their prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is comfortable. I was introduced to Avanti by following one of their stylists there, Richard Caron. Richard has been styling my hair for a number of years (too many to count) and in my opinion he is one of the best stylists on Newbury Street or in Boston for that matter. Richard is a versatile stylist; every time I want a new look ? he pulls it off with ease. If I want to continue with a certain style, he consistently delivers. He is an artist. His attention to detail and focus makes you believe that you?re his only customer of the day.

Due to my work schedule, I sometimes go long period between cuts, but Richard?s work is so great, that my hair grows out perfectly ? the sign of a fantastic cut. Not only do I get a great cut each time, but also I feel good when I leave the salon and walk down Newbury Street - always with a big smile.

Pros: Many... I highly recommend Avanti, even more so, I recommend Richard

Cons: none

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A few weeks ago, I stopped in to make an appointment. The receptionist explained that I would first have a consultation with the owner of the salon, who, upon meeting me and reviewing my needs, would recommend a compatible stylist on his staff. So the next day I arrive on time, excited for the consultation, but it never happened. Instead, after waiting around for a while, I was handed off to a very young stylist, who cut my hair into a strange bob that didn't work for my hair at all. Too shy to say anything, I went home and immediately put it in a ponytail and started researching other salons. Unfortunately, I am finding that "award-winning" salons are not living up to the hype...

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★★☆☆☆

A few weeks ago, I stopped in to make an appointment. The receptionist explained that I would first have a consultation with the owner of the salon, who, upon meeting me and reviewing my needs, would recommend a compatible stylist on his staff. So the next day I arrive on time, excited for the consultation, but it never happened. Instead, after waiting around for a while, I was handed off to a very young stylist, who cut my hair into a strange bob that didn't work for my hair at all. Too shy to say anything, I went home and immediately put it in a ponytail and started researching other salons. Unfortunately, I am finding that "award-winning" salons are not living up to the hype...

Pros: clean. friendly shampooer.

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If you want to have someone just cut and/or color your hair (snore.), you go do that. But, if you want someone to re-invent you as gorgeous, go to Janida Araujo at Avanti Salon. To say she's an ?aesthetic genius? doesn?t even come close to doing her justice. Janida has hard-earned my unflinching trust with her panache for re-inventing me every single time I sit in her chair. Before her, my hair had never seen highlighting and styling prowess like hers. Janida made the ?break-up? with my old stylist a no-brainer once I saw what she was coming with. She continues to literally amaze me; her finished product far surpasses my expectations. Not to mention the MIRACLE she performed on my mother?s hair! I don?t know about you, but I?m tired of stylists who don?t take any initiative. Janida gives my personal style what it NEEDS without me having to draw her a map. You can?t trust your hair to just anyone, but you CAN and SHOULD trust it to Janida. This woman is a ROCK STAR, PERIOD. Don?t believe me? Go see for yourself. Here?s my ?I told you so? in advance.

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★★★★★

If you want to have someone just cut and/or color your hair (snore.), you go do that. But, if you want someone to re-invent you as gorgeous, go to Janida Araujo at Avanti Salon. To say she's an ?aesthetic genius? doesn?t even come close to doing her justice. Janida has hard-earned my unflinching trust with her panache for re-inventing me every single time I sit in her chair. Before her, my hair had never seen highlighting and styling prowess like hers. Janida made the ?break-up? with my old stylist a no-brainer once I saw what she was coming with. She continues to literally amaze me; her finished product far surpasses my expectations. Not to mention the MIRACLE she performed on my mother?s hair! I don?t know about you, but I?m tired of stylists who don?t take any initiative. Janida gives my personal style what it NEEDS without me having to draw her a map. You can?t trust your hair to just anyone, but you CAN and SHOULD trust it to Janida. This woman is a ROCK STAR, PERIOD. Don?t believe me? Go see for yourself. Here?s my ?I told you so? in advance.

Pros: Janida, Janida, Janida.

Cons: Parking in Newbury St. (try it!)

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When I first moved to Boston 13 years ago I noticed a woman with an amazing haircut. I asked her who her stylist was and she directed me to Richard, now at Avanti. Although he has been my stylist for nearly 13 years, my cut is not dated; I believe his effort to stay "current" keeps me looking fresh and polished. I believe Richard's talent lies in his ability to listen to his client's wishes and use his experience to create an amazing end result. My most recent cut is the reason I'm writing; he employed a technique using a razor to layer my long hair; I'm thrilled with the result. For me, the 60 mile round trip to Boston from my home is well worth the trip. Richard is a talented stylist and Avanti is a great salon.

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★★★★★

When I first moved to Boston 13 years ago I noticed a woman with an amazing haircut. I asked her who her stylist was and she directed me to Richard, now at Avanti. Although he has been my stylist for nearly 13 years, my cut is not dated; I believe his effort to stay "current" keeps me looking fresh and polished. I believe Richard's talent lies in his ability to listen to his client's wishes and use his experience to create an amazing end result. My most recent cut is the reason I'm writing; he employed a technique using a razor to layer my long hair; I'm thrilled with the result. For me, the 60 mile round trip to Boston from my home is well worth the trip. Richard is a talented stylist and Avanti is a great salon.

Pros: Service

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I recently returned to Avanti Salon and found Richard, my fabulous new hairstylist. He worked with me to update my look, using a razor cut to finally give me the long layers I wanted. He is also working on my color for a more natural look. I can completely trust Richard, explain to him what I want and know that I am in expert hands. I love the salon ~ it is very professional, creating a quieter, more personalized experience. I've tried a lot of them, and this is the best in Boston.

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★★★★★

I recently returned to Avanti Salon and found Richard, my fabulous new hairstylist. He worked with me to update my look, using a razor cut to finally give me the long layers I wanted. He is also working on my color for a more natural look. I can completely trust Richard, explain to him what I want and know that I am in expert hands. I love the salon ~ it is very professional, creating a quieter, more personalized experience. I've tried a lot of them, and this is the best in Boston.

Pros: Expert staff, personalized atmosphere

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I have searched for a long time to find someone who can cut my hair well, and I found it at Avanti. However, I find the other staff kind of snobby and rude. The receptionist never makes me feel welcome, and the other stylists make me feel like I am in their way all the time. Other than that, Avanti is a good place - reasonable prices and convenient to get to, plus a very talented stylist whom I have been going to for about a year now.

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★★★★☆

I have searched for a long time to find someone who can cut my hair well, and I found it at Avanti. However, I find the other staff kind of snobby and rude. The receptionist never makes me feel welcome, and the other stylists make me feel like I am in their way all the time. Other than that, Avanti is a good place - reasonable prices and convenient to get to, plus a very talented stylist whom I have been going to for about a year now.

Pros: great stylisit; convenient

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I've been getting my haircut by Naomi for the past 5 years or so, I adore her, not only is her personality great, bubbly, funny and down to earth, but her cuts are amazing. I have had several women stop me on the street and ask me where I get my haircut, I happily send them to her. When she moved to Avanti I was apprehensive, but after my first appointment there I realized the salon matched her personality perfectly. Low key, down to earth and not at all pretentious. Now that I live in NY I still make it a point to have her cut my hair everytime I am in Boston visiting friends. I'd highly, highly recommend her!

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★★★★★

I've been getting my haircut by Naomi for the past 5 years or so, I adore her, not only is her personality great, bubbly, funny and down to earth, but her cuts are amazing. I have had several women stop me on the street and ask me where I get my haircut, I happily send them to her. When she moved to Avanti I was apprehensive, but after my first appointment there I realized the salon matched her personality perfectly. Low key, down to earth and not at all pretentious. Now that I live in NY I still make it a point to have her cut my hair everytime I am in Boston visiting friends. I'd highly, highly recommend her!

Pros: Low key atmosphere

Cons: sometimes a little crowded

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I've tried many colorists but I've not met one with the talent that Cindy has. She always gets my color the way I want it - I get lots of compliments...she's sweet and nice and easy to work with....cuts are the same, stylish and right on the money!!! I would highly recommend Avanti if Cindy is your girl!!!

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★★★★★

I've tried many colorists but I've not met one with the talent that Cindy has. She always gets my color the way I want it - I get lots of compliments...she's sweet and nice and easy to work with....cuts are the same, stylish and right on the money!!! I would highly recommend Avanti if Cindy is your girl!!!

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Great stylists, good location, good pricing. excellent.... love them... Alec is wonderful.... go visit and you will like them too. I also love the layout and design...

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★★★☆☆

Great stylists, good location, good pricing. excellent.... love them... Alec is wonderful.... go visit and you will like them too. I also love the layout and design...

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I have been going to Avanti for over 2 years and it is a great upscale salon. No snotty staff as you might expect to find on Newbury Street. Louise Cherbanion has been doing my highlights and cuts and I highly recommend her. She listens to what I want, provides suggestions, and leaves me looking like a million bucks! I've been to other salons on Newbury and Avanti and Louise C. are the cream of the crop!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Avanti for over 2 years and it is a great upscale salon. No snotty staff as you might expect to find on Newbury Street. Louise Cherbanion has been doing my highlights and cuts and I highly recommend her. She listens to what I want, provides suggestions, and leaves me looking like a million bucks! I've been to other salons on Newbury and Avanti and Louise C. are the cream of the crop!

Pros: friendly, professional staff

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If you are like me, moving to a new city and finding a new hair stylist is a nightmare. I was recommended by a friend to try Avanti but was very skeptical because my first haircutting experince in Boston was not so good. Ever since my first visit to Avanti I will never go anywhere else. I get my haircut by the incredibly talented Giovanni who is wonderful at working with my very difficult and fickle hair and does a wonderful job on bangs. There are not many stylists that have been able to cut my hair to my liking but Giovanni is able to customize my haircut to give me excatly what I am looking for. The salon itself is very nice with wonderful clientele and products. If you are looking for a top notch haircut in a first class salon, Avanti is where you want to go.

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★★★★★

If you are like me, moving to a new city and finding a new hair stylist is a nightmare. I was recommended by a friend to try Avanti but was very skeptical because my first haircutting experince in Boston was not so good. Ever since my first visit to Avanti I will never go anywhere else. I get my haircut by the incredibly talented Giovanni who is wonderful at working with my very difficult and fickle hair and does a wonderful job on bangs. There are not many stylists that have been able to cut my hair to my liking but Giovanni is able to customize my haircut to give me excatly what I am looking for. The salon itself is very nice with wonderful clientele and products. If you are looking for a top notch haircut in a first class salon, Avanti is where you want to go.

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I dont know how that self-loathing person could live with his/ herself after having made that horrific comment about my favorite salon. Listen, I have tried everywhere, Mario Russo, James Joseph, even Supercuts, in search of the favorite haircut; and nowhere save Avanti, have I encountered a hairstylist as patient and accomodating to my picky, bitchy taste. I went to the owner, Alex for my color, who I just learned has won best colorist of Boston several times, and I got my haircut with Julia. Both worked with me to give me a hairstyle that would suit my face and lifestyle. I love Alex!! He is not you stereotypical hairdresser, but instead works to make sure you feel calma and relaxed; while Julia gave me the best haircut and blowout I have ever gotten. Personally, I feel that if you want to go to a salon where the owner and the staff work to make sure you walk out of there feeling happy, confident, and looking greatl; then I'd highly recommend booking an appointment at Avanti.

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★★★★★

I dont know how that self-loathing person could live with his/ herself after having made that horrific comment about my favorite salon. Listen, I have tried everywhere, Mario Russo, James Joseph, even Supercuts, in search of the favorite haircut; and nowhere save Avanti, have I encountered a hairstylist as patient and accomodating to my picky, bitchy taste. I went to the owner, Alex for my color, who I just learned has won best colorist of Boston several times, and I got my haircut with Julia. Both worked with me to give me a hairstyle that would suit my face and lifestyle. I love Alex!! He is not you stereotypical hairdresser, but instead works to make sure you feel calma and relaxed; while Julia gave me the best haircut and blowout I have ever gotten. Personally, I feel that if you want to go to a salon where the owner and the staff work to make sure you walk out of there feeling happy, confident, and looking greatl; then I'd highly recommend booking an appointment at Avanti.

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I found this salon by searching this site and I was happily relieved when I got there. When I called to make my appointment they matched me up with Janida. Janida gave me an amazing cut, and did not overcharge. Also she knew about products they had and when I asked her questions she helped explain what they did and suggested some that might work for me. It is really nice and relaxing. The waiting area was comfortable and the staff was attentive. I explained what I want and got something even better. It is a very nice salon with nice people. They work well with you to make sure you get what you want and have suggestions for care after you leave.. It is easy to get to if you take the T. I would definitely suggest requesting Janida. She does great work and is fun to talk to.

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★★★★★

I found this salon by searching this site and I was happily relieved when I got there. When I called to make my appointment they matched me up with Janida. Janida gave me an amazing cut, and did not overcharge. Also she knew about products they had and when I asked her questions she helped explain what they did and suggested some that might work for me. It is really nice and relaxing. The waiting area was comfortable and the staff was attentive. I explained what I want and got something even better. It is a very nice salon with nice people. They work well with you to make sure you get what you want and have suggestions for care after you leave.. It is easy to get to if you take the T. I would definitely suggest requesting Janida. She does great work and is fun to talk to.

Pros: Atmosphere, Skills, Staff

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I've been a regular customer at Avanti for over a year now. The front desk staff is consistently very friendly and helpful. I've been extremely happy with the skincare that Robin Erb has given me. I highly recommend visiting her for microdermabrasion or either one of her chemical peels as these services are truly amazing. She also does a great job on my brows. In addition to skincare, I always get color and cut done by Nancy Binder, she is a magician at making me feel like a movie star.

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★★★★★

I've been a regular customer at Avanti for over a year now. The front desk staff is consistently very friendly and helpful. I've been extremely happy with the skincare that Robin Erb has given me. I highly recommend visiting her for microdermabrasion or either one of her chemical peels as these services are truly amazing. She also does a great job on my brows. In addition to skincare, I always get color and cut done by Nancy Binder, she is a magician at making me feel like a movie star.

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This is the first salon I've been to where everyone is friendly and professional. (Oxymoron?) The staff go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, even though you're not their client! Bernice, the manicurist, is the VERY BEST and I highly recommend Alex for color.

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★★★★★

This is the first salon I've been to where everyone is friendly and professional. (Oxymoron?) The staff go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, even though you're not their client! Bernice, the manicurist, is the VERY BEST and I highly recommend Alex for color.

Pros: friendly, professional, skill

Cons: parking

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I went here because I was referred by a friend I had no idea they had facials and waxing and had my brow and lip done while my color was processing, the woman who did them was friendly, fast and experienced. Then when I was done, my hair looked so good and I was feeling so relaxed that I had my nails done as well. I think the woman was named Bernice, THE BEST MANICURE I'VE EVER HAD! I'm coming back next week for a pedicure. She told me that she won best pedicure this year in one of the local magazines so I can't wait to see what happens. Give this salon a try, even though its at the Ritz-y end of Newbury, they are super friendly and down to earth, no attitude here. I felt very comfortable at my first appointment on Newbury street.

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★★★★★

I went here because I was referred by a friend I had no idea they had facials and waxing and had my brow and lip done while my color was processing, the woman who did them was friendly, fast and experienced. Then when I was done, my hair looked so good and I was feeling so relaxed that I had my nails done as well. I think the woman was named Bernice, THE BEST MANICURE I'VE EVER HAD! I'm coming back next week for a pedicure. She told me that she won best pedicure this year in one of the local magazines so I can't wait to see what happens. Give this salon a try, even though its at the Ritz-y end of Newbury, they are super friendly and down to earth, no attitude here. I felt very comfortable at my first appointment on Newbury street.

Pros: All my spa needs, fab stylists, fab manicurist

Cons: parking

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This salon is everything you would want on Newbury Street. Modern, classy, and lots of talented stylists. I highly recommend Alex, I think he is the owner now. He is the best colorist and you can't look for someone to do a more natural blonde. I have also seen various staff members upon recommendation when he was booked and they were extremely talented and friendly. The people here seem to like what they do and like people.

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★★★★★

This salon is everything you would want on Newbury Street. Modern, classy, and lots of talented stylists. I highly recommend Alex, I think he is the owner now. He is the best colorist and you can't look for someone to do a more natural blonde. I have also seen various staff members upon recommendation when he was booked and they were extremely talented and friendly. The people here seem to like what they do and like people.

Pros: location, talented staff, nice environment

Cons: hard to park

 

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