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Be a stylist

You've always had an eye for fashion, art and what's coming next. Turn it into a cosmetology career you'll love. MORE INFO

Be an Esthetician

For you, nurturing is second nature. Make it what you do every day with a career as a spa therapist. MORE INFO

Next class start dates:

Cosmetology: August 23, 2016 | Esthiology: September 19, 2016

Student Stories


Tell us about your Douglas J education.
I was working as a stylist and still had the feeling of wanting to know more, from a technical and a career standpoint, so I decided to enter the Cosmetology Instructor program. That program was so valuable in the way it shaped not only my practical skills, but also helped me improve my delivery of guest service.

- Bridgitte Rutowski, Aveda Regional Director and Former Educator


What is your most memorable moment?
When I was an apprentice at the Okemos salon, TJ Weaver, the founder’s son, asked me what I wanted to do with my career. I said I wanted to run the salon and I needed him to tell me how to get there. His answer was, work hard, put myself in a position to be noticed and take every opportunity that comes across my path, no matter how intimidating.

- Sarah Heath, Salon Director and Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate


What does a day look like for you?
My days are crazy! Don’t get me wrong — I love what I do! I’m behind the chair 40 hours a week and also educating my staff, fixing the behind-the-scenes salon “stuff” and opening a second salon. It’s easy to put in a 60-hour work week plus take orders from my beautiful girls at home!

- Jared Rushow, Aveda Salon Owner and Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate


My top five career high points were:

  1. Being on Oprah.
  2. Styling the bridal party for the Clinton Wedding.
  3. Working fashion week on my first Marc Jacobs show.
  4. Retaining Jennifer Aniston as a blow dry client.
  5. Teaching at the Career Fair for Douglas J!

- Ryan Cotton, Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate and Celebrity Stylist


Creating Style and Confidence: Kelsey is most rewarded when she helps guests feel good about themselves and knows she’s done her job well when they leave her chair, check out how they look and feel like they haven’t felt in years. Her Beacon Inspiration: Pushing out of her boundaries, she wanted to work with a model who had texture and curls (opposite of her own hair) as well as set aside the tame makeup looks she’d been so comfortable creating and try something new and different. Ethereal beauty was her focus — soft texture and soft color.

- Kelsey Williams, Beacon 2016 Runner Up for Makeup – Douglas J Aveda Institute Chicago Student


Breaking Free: After being raised in a small town, Ashley wanted to explore, be creative and travel. During her senior year in college, she met Sonia Roselli, a professional makeup artist, and found her to be very educated, possessing a great perspective on all aspects of the industry.  For more than 20 years, Sonia has worked behind the scenes to help create some of the world's largest cosmetic brands and their award-winning beauty products. Armed with a degree in Spanish and philosophy — disciplines that forced Ashley to think outside the box, it’s only fitting she enrolled in cosmetology school at Douglas J. She also says the culture aligned with her personal mission and goals.

- Ashley Longtin, Douglas J Aveda Institute Chicago Student



about Douglas J Cosmetology School

Choosing to train with Douglas J is not just attending cosmetology school, it's the first step in building a career.

- Virginia Meyer, former VP of Education, Aveda Corporate Co-Founders of redChocolate™

The Douglas J team offers a complete system of excellence and support for every student in every facet of education. From the quality of the educators, to the relationship with salon owners seeking talent, to the network of global artists affiliated with the company, everyone is completely committed to developing the student to their highest potential. We give Douglas J education system our highest endorsement.

- David Adams, former Technical Artistic Director, Aveda Corporate


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