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Cosmetology, Massage & Esthiology - Ann Arbor

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Next class start dates:
Cosmetology: July 30, 2024
Esthiology: September 16, 2024
Massage: August 19, 2024


333 Maynard St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Admissions: 877.311.8957
Guest Services: 734.929.0453

Service Hours

Monday: 5pm – 10pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 10pm
-Friday: 9am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 4:30pm

Retail Hours

Monday: 9am – 10pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 4:30pm

The Ann Arbor Difference

Our People

Our team lives and breathes the beauty industry. In fact many of our Educators and Staff are graduates of Douglas J Aveda Institutes. They have trained rigorously – from understanding the relation of face shape to hairstyle, perfecting Aveda color as well as working with multiple product lines, to understanding the history of anatomy and physiology of body mechanics, to makeup and peel certifications. In addition, our Student Services staff is well versed to help with financial aid and finding a job after graduation. Together – the entire team will provide you support every step of the way during your journey.

Our Place

  • Three classrooms, a skin care student spa and student breakroom/lunchroom
  • Our Ann Arbor Institute offers three programs: Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, & Esthiology
  • Full-service salon & spa that provided an extensive menu of student services, including cut & color, facials & peels, and massages to more than 27,000 guests in 2022.
  • Hosts charity events throughout the year to support our local community
  • Day and evening classes offered for all programs

Cosmetology Curriculum

Cosmetology is taught in an educationally progressive environment, emulating a high-end salon setting. To start, you’ll be in our classroom, receiving instructional education with our Educators providing guidance all along the way. Once you’re ready, you’ll train on the student clinic floor, interacting with a diversity of guests. Because we want you to be successful, we give you all the support you need, every step of the way. Our Educators work side-by-side with you, offering guidance and training while you work and gain real hands-on experience.

Cosmetology program features:

  • 1,500 hour program
  • Preparation for state board exam
  • Full-time (11 months) and part-time (15 months) schedules available

Massage Therapy Curriculum

In our massage therapy program, you’ll learn how to create wellness and healing through the power of touch. You’ll study the sciences of anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, as well as the aroma experience and spa treatments. You’ll also learn reflexology and the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, along with the latest in spa treatments, total wellness and body care. From classroom learning to hands-on workshops to our spa, we ensure you master the massage skills required to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) and launch a career as a massage therapist.

Massage Therapy program features:

  • 625 hour program
  • Preparation for MBLEX state exam
  • Full-time (4 months) and part-time (5.5 months) schedules available
  • Flexible day and evening classes available
  • Hands-on experience working with real patients in our Ann Arbor Student Spa
  • Business/career education and guidance
  • Financial Aid to those who qualify

Esthiology Curriculum

In this full or part-time program, you move through Intro and Senior Theory, studying high-touch, high-tech techniques to purify, balance and renew the skin — the foundation of aesthetic beauty. Through hands-on training, you’ll work on mannequins, live models and then graduate to the student clinic spa interacting closely with guests. You also learn extensive business-building skills and wellness therapies, providing the training you need for a successful career as a licensed esthetician.

Esthiology program features:

  • 750 hour program
  • Preparation for state board exam
  • Daytime (5.5 months) and Evening (7.5 months) schedules available

Opened in 2004 and landing number one with the most enrollments for every start date, our three-level Ann Arbor Institute is centrally located in the city inside Nicholas Arcade and close to all major transportation. It also sits uniquely among many boutiques and salons. Contact us or call us at (877) 311-8957 to schedule a tour!

What is your most memorable moment at Douglas J?
Getting my pin for being with the company for five years. When I first started, I always looked up to people who had their pin and felt like they worked for Douglas J forever and were so much wiser — and then I became one of those people!

- Kaeyt Rudawski, Salon Director

I feel that I have learned so much from attending Douglas J and that I can take my techniques and experiences I had there to my current job.

- Hilary Butler, Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate

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

Every day on the clinic floor it felt like you were working in a real salon because of how fast paced it was. I think that prepared me well for time management.

- Nadine Bos, Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate

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


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.




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