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Are You Ready To Become a Barber?

Do you consider yourself an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you love the hustle that comes from finding the latest style trends and building a business? Do you want a career that allows you to be your own boss and impact the people in your community?

If any of these sound like you, learn how you can become your own boss by starting your barbering education at the Douglas J School of Barbering in East Lansing or our newly offered barbering program at the Douglas J Aveda Institute Knoxville location.

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Our Barbering Curriculum

It’s possible to become a barber in Michigan in a little over 12 months. Our full-time 1,800-hour program covers everything from short hairstyles to stellar customer service techniques. In Knoxville our barbering program requires only 1,500 hours, so you can start doing what you love sooner, while meeting Tennessee’s state requirements.

Unlike our cosmetology program, this specialty program focuses entirely on hairstyling and care, instead of a more rounded education in hair, skin and nails.

It’s an amazing opportunity to gain new skills, no matter if you’re brand new to the barbering industry or are already a licensed cosmetologist.

Experience a barbering education that can set you up for success. Our instructors are here to help you every step of the way. And, we mean every step of the way. We don’t just teach to prepare you for the state board, we teach you for life! Become part of our barbering family made up of our instructors, alumni and professional mentors you’ll meet along the way.


No matter what your background is or where you come from, you can feel confident in the support and encouragement you’ll find from our awesome group at Douglas J School of Barbering or Douglas J Aveda Institute.

What You Can Learn

The education at Douglas J School of Barbering and the barbering program in Knoxville is focused on providing everything a future barber needs to keep up with the trends and create looks guests love. We are dedicated to following Aveda’s mission to provide a holistic approach to wellness, and teach how to provide services with Reuzel barbering products.

Just some of the concepts and skills you can learn are:

  • Straight razor shaves
  • Dapper looks
  • Comb-overs
  • Cutting and shaving
  • Hygiene
  • Bacteriology
  • Histology of hair, skin and nails
  • Structure of the head, face and neck
  • Salon ecology
  • Diseases of the skin
  • Hair coloring
  • Curling
  • Permanent waving
  • Resume preparation
  • Interview skills
  • Business management
  • Chemical treatments
  • Marketing and social media
  • Product sales
  • Guest care
  • State laws and rules
  • And much, much more

Our barber program is organized in a number of phases. In the first 13 weeks of class, you will be provided an extensive education in the science and history of barbering. You can learn what a barber is, why they do what they do, and how the career has changed drastically over the years.

Once you finish those first 13 weeks, your education will shift to a more hands-on approach, where you can start working with actual guests under the supervision of licensed barbers. Feel prepared and ready, as our instructors walk you through every step of the process, from the consultation to creating the perfect cut.

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The Barbering School Experience at Douglas J

The Douglas J School of Barbering and barbering program at Douglas J Aveda Institute is about innovation. It’s about caring for each other and the world, and most importantly: the education. Experience what it’s like to be in a safe place that allows you to be yourself AND follow your dreams. Don’t let anything hold you back!

Here are a few other reasons why our barbering program could be for you.

Financial Aid Is Available

Barbering school can be affordable for you, so if you’re concerned about the cost of barber school, come to Douglas J School of Barbering or Douglas J Aveda Institute. As an accredited school, financial aid is available to those who qualify. Make sure to ask our financial aid department to see what you may qualify for, whether it’s scholarships or federal grants or loans.

Become Your Own Boss

You can feel prepared for wherever your future takes you. Get the business skills you need to take control of your schedule, career, and your life with a school as passionate about barbering as you are. As a barbering student you can get access to:

  • Career fairs
  • Professional resume preparation tips
  • Interviews with our network of barbershop/salon owners
  • Professional guest speakers
  • And more

Choose From Multiple Career Options

Barbering is so much more than being behind the chair at a classic barbershop. You can work in a variety of places, and our barber program can help you get there. Some potential career paths include:

  • Work with Clients
  • Own a Barbershop
  • Style for TV & Film
  • Barber Educator
  • Platform Artist
  • Product Developer
  • Pro Athlete Stylist
  • Your options are limitless!

Be Part of the Community

Like the rest of the programs at Douglas J Aveda Institute, you can be a part of something bigger. If you want to build your connection with the community and world around you, consider joining us in helping the world become a better place. We support a variety of nonprofit organizations, and you can become part of that too.

Take the Leap. Apply Now!

Are you ready to get started? As a first step schedule a tour of our school to see what a barbering education is like at Douglas J School of Barbering or at our Knoxville location. During that tour you can meet our passionate instructors, experience the unique culture of our barbering program, and more. We’re sure you’ll find the right fit for you at our barber school.

Call us at 877.311.8957 or fill out the form to start the application process today!



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