AVANT-DOWNTOWN

Roy A Fredericks and Connie Strang founded Avant Garde in 1983 in Austin, Texas. Texas Original AVEDA Salon Spa. Their vision was to have the ultimate hair salon in Austin—a company where excellence and impeccable service were the standards. A relaxed atmosphere with an energy level that can only be associated with progressive work in action. Avant was positioned to be the salon at the cutting edge of fashion. In a 40 year career Roy has toured as an AVEDA Creative Artist, a Business Expert at MidWest Show and Serious Business, Presented at AVEDA Congress, Roy was instrumental in the creation of the AVEDA ABC Education Program. Most recently Roy Fredericks has been recognized by Austin Fashion Week as "Austin Fashion TrailBlazer".' In the words of the Austin Chronicle: "Y'all love Avant. You just can't help yourselves. Owner Roy Fredericks is a true pioneer in Austin's beauty scene with decades of successful salons under his belt. Extraordinarily talented stylists go through Avant's meticulous training process, ensuring that when you see an Avant haircut, you know it's an Avant haircut. With his ever-growing empire in Central Texas, Fredericks and Avant will be remembered as the foundation upon which our current fashion scene was built." Since then both Austin and Avant have had phenomenal growth. Avant has grown from one salon to three salonspas, with two in ATX and one in San Antonio; as well as a photography studio. In 30 years, Avant has: - Austin Fashion Week "Best Salon" - been voted "Best of Austin" sixteen times by Austin Chronicle - selected as one of the "Top 200 Salons" by Salon Today Magazine seven times - featured in Harpers Bazaar and Elle as one of the Best salons in the Southwest - featured and published in American Salon, Modern Salon Magazine, and Salon Today Avant's clients have included Nastassja Kinski, Jon Voight, Don Henley, David Byrne, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores, Shawn Colvin, Charlie and Will Sexton, Laurie Anderson, Ann Richards, Max Frost, Brad Womack, Eva Longoria, Paul Qui, David Cross, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Balaban, Martin O'Malley, Sonia Sotomajor and Terri Gruca to name just a few. Avant's educators train all around the globe and have been featured at USA top Educational events including American Excellence, Serious Business, Midwest Beauty Show and Aveda Congress. As a fully computerized salon since day one, Avant was the first hair salon internationally, to see the potential of the Internet and create a web presence. Avant Garde is Austin's original Aveda salon. Together, with other local Aveda salons, Avant has raised over $40,000 for local environmental groups over the last three years.

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Address :507 Pressler, Suite 800, Austin, TX
GPS : -1- -1
Telephone : (512) 472-6357
Email : pressler@avantsalon.com
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Opening Hours

SUNDAY CLOSED MONDAY CLOSED TUESDAY 9AM–7PM WEDNESDAY 9AM–7PM THURSDAY 9AM–7PM FRIDAY 9AM–7PM SATURDAY 9AM–7PM








Reviews

I'm a returning customer of Lori (for color) and Alfonso (for cut) because they both listen to what I want, manage my expectations during the consultation, and nail the results as anticipated. They're both friendly, fun, and easy-going, and I enjoy sitting in either of their chairs. All of the above are reasons I keep coming back to them.

I love Joe and his work. He is an absolute delight. If there were more than 5 stars I would give them all to Joe.

No matter who I get to cut/colour my hair it's always perfect. Love the professional attitude and service

Amazing stylist. I had every confidence in him taking my long hair to a super short bob. He is a perfectionist with a heart of gold. I will go back to him every time.

Everything was great

It's just too loud on Saturdays and the salon runs out of hot water that day. I won't fire my stylists but I won't come on Saturdays either darn it.

Love Tim!

I am absolutely beautiful. My haircut and color are perfect. I wish I had before and after photos. Crystal is the best colorist that I have ever had. My highlights are balanced and even giving my hair a sun kissed look. Most importantly my hair remains incredibly healthy. Jasmine listens to all of my concerns and produces exactly the look I was hoping for. Besides giving me a great look, she is incredibly gentle while she is doing it. If you have a sensitive head you know how important that is. On top of being artists, Crystal and Jasmine are also warm and funny people. I always enjoy coming in to get my hair done because I get to spend some time with them. I highly recommend both of them. Charlotte Heyns

AS USUAL GREAT SERVICE, PRODUCTS AND PERFORMANCE.

I "accidentally" met stylist Tracy in San Antonio. She commented then how much fun it would be to work on my hair. I decided to "take a chance" and let her. Her talent is amazing! I can't imagine anyone else working on my hair. Tracy S

Love avant stylist! The only complaint is the unfriendly girl at the front counter.

Give him a raise

Tim was absolutely fantastic! He was not only a brilliant hair stylist but also incredibly personable and relatable. I felt completely comfortable in his chair, both with him as a person and a stylist. I left the salon feeling like I had the best hair in Austin, a feeling that continued the next day when I styled my hair on my own. The only disappointing part of my experience was realizing that I did not find him sooner than I did.

I always feel welcome and in very capable hands at Avant. All of the great aromatherapy is a plus too.

I always feel welcome and in very capable hands at Avant. All of the great aromatherapy is a plus too.

Thanks again, Tim, for a great haircut. I'm moving out of state and will really miss you! you are hard to replace!!

Stacey is an amazing hair artist ! She makes me look GOOD!!

Wonderful service and happy there is still an Avant Salon serving clients who wish to get their hair curled. Feeling grateful. Araceli is a very talented stylist and also just a lovely person. This salon has a warm and welcoming presence that I truly value.

Wonderful service and happy there is still an Avant Salon serving clients who wish to get their hair curled. Feeling grateful. Araceli is a very talented stylist and also just a lovely person. This salon has a warm and welcoming presence that I truly value.

I absolutely love the 5th street Avant location. Super friendly environment with wonderful stylists. I have seen Alphonso twice now and both times he has provided excellent service and a fabulous haircut. He is extremely professional yet easy to talk to. I wish I lived back in Austin just so I could have him do my hair each month. Love this place and absolutely love their products - Be Curly especially. Thank you for all you do!

My hair looks sooooo great. Good hair, FABULOUS stylist - thanks, John K

is AWESOME :)

Joe Edwards is the best! And the Aveda products are awesome!

It is always a fun, pleasant experience and I leave with beautiful hair. I totally trust them both with my hair.