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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

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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: June 27, 2017 | July 24, 2017

Student Stories


A Childhood Dream
I've always had an interest in the fashion and makeup industry. Throughout high school, I considered cosmetology, but instead focused on business. Just before enrolling in classes, I realized it was time to commit to my passion. This was the right fit — from the image to the energy I felt the first time I walked in to the way the program incorporated the business side. I'm grateful for or the Educators who brought out my talent — always providing support and pushing me to do more.

- Alexis Smith, Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing Student  


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


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


Why Cosmetology?
I currently work as an artist and always felt the hair industry would be just another extension to my creativity. I'm passionate about giving back, especially in regards to helping women and children who are suffering from hair loss, specifically trichotillomania. I have battled with this condition and still do at times. Not only do I want to be able create hair pieces and wigs to help women and children, but to ultimately, bring about awareness for trichotillomania.

- Becca Schlaff, Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing 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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