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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: June 27, 2017 | Esthiology: June 27, 2017

Student Stories


Why did you choose Douglas J for your education?
When I toured it was so friendly, welcoming and inviting. I really liked the people but even more, the whole experience. When I became a student, I worked with a lot of regular clients who shared many heartfelt conversations. The environment at Douglas J is so earthy and relaxed it brings that same feeling to the guests, unlike other places that tend to be busy and chaotic. I also really loved my teacher — she taught me so much and now I feel more prepared as a graduate!
- Taylor Maples, Douglas J Aveda Institute Esthiology Student


She is one of 100 cosmetology students throughout the country invited to participate in the Professional Beauty Association’s July 2016 Beauty Week conference in Las Vegas. Jyle has been able to develop a strong personal brand by creating a portfolio of images that demonstrate her ability as a stylist and ambitions to succeed in the field.

“I put a lot into what I do. I don’t want to feel like it is just school because to me it’s more than that.”

- Jyle Toplica, Douglas J Aveda Institute Knoxville Student


A Change of Heart (and Career): Despite plans to join the ROTC and become a helicopter pilot, when she was a senior in high school, Rachel participated in a work-based learning program that placed her as a job shadow at an Aveda salon. While there, she gained exposure to the Aveda experience and drew her interest toward cosmetology. She began to look into schools and when she toured the Douglas J Aveda Institute in Knoxville, she felt welcomed by the staff and fell in love with the program (not to mention the architecture of our historic building).

- Rachel Miller, Douglas J Aveda Institute Knoxville Student


What aspect of your training made the biggest impact?
Cross training with the esthiology department. In the future I’d like to go back to pursue a dual certification which would, ultimately, make me more marketable. I also received tremendous support and encouragement at Douglas J from everybody educators to administration. Earning my cosmetology degree is something I’ve wanted since I was a child. Thankfully, I’ve got a very supportive husband whose pushed me to pursue my dreams and Douglas J helped me get there.
- Stacy Phillips, Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate



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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