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Category: Beauty School

How [Douglas J Grad] Kierra Lanice Wray went from Sexton High School to the BET Awards

Before she was a regular on the Hollywood awards show circuit, makeup artist Kierra Lanice Wray earned spending money stitching up jeans at Sexton High School. “I was turning people’s bootcut jeans into skinny jeans for, like, $20,” said the Lansing native, now 27. “My parents are like, ‘how are you making $200 every week?’ Little do they know, I’m…

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From Aveda Student to North American Student Hairstylist of the Year

Most hairstylists have to graduate cosmetology school before they become a Very Big Deal in the beauty world—but not Jesse Ervin! While attending the Aveda Institute Toronto in 2016, Jesse made a splash in the industry as one of the winners of the Professional Beauty Association’s North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). The category: Student Hairstylist of the Year….

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Beyond the Chair: Alternative Careers for the Cosmetologist

Sara Pestella, creative director and educator for Level 10 Education and owner of Level 10 Salon. We all know about the benefits of a cosmetology license working behind the chair…but what about alternative paths for the beauty professional? We asked Sara Pestella, creative director and educator for Level 10 Education and owner of  Level 10 Salon, to chat…

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Esthi Student By Day, Skin Care Influencer By Night

It’s no secret that skin care has been on the upswing. Self-care is officially on-trend, and our skin thanks us for it. But have you ever wondered about taking your facial treatments a step further and enrolling as an esthiology student? We asked Erica Choi, an Aveda Institute esthiology student and content creator for @eggcanvas, what…

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Open Doors in Your Beauty Career

Thinking about your next career move? With the new year rapidly approaching, you may be considering options for advancing your dream career. To learn more about the perks that come with obtaining a cosmetology license, we asked two Aveda grads. Meet Nicole Higgins, Aveda Institute Denver grad and influencer, and Monica Stevens, content creator and…

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Student Blog: The Beacon Experience

THE BEACON EXPERIENCE By: Becca Thompson, Cosmetology Student a Aveda Institute Chapel Hill As an Aveda Institute student, there are many opportunities to explore with your cosmetology or esthetics education. One of my favorite experiences is the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Beacon, an elite program that provides “top beauty industry students with a unique opportunity…

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Parenthood and Cosmetology School: A Balancing Act

Moms and dads do it all—from packing lunches to encouraging their kids to chase their dreams. Parenting can be pretty inspiring … but what if your own dreams have taken a backseat? Aveda graduates Rashea Gill, Dominique Finney, and Laura Tamez are here to tell you that your dream career is never out of reach….

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What to Ask While Touring a Beauty School

You’ve set your goals and are on your way to enrolling in beauty school! But, with that comes a large investment – both in time and money. Before you commit, it’s important to ask the right questions when you visit potential schools. Covering all your bases will ensure you set yourself up for success! 1. WHAT…

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A Career You Dream About

Do you wake up dreaming about a creative career that combines technical skills with a passion for helping others? Welcome to a day in the life of Dottie Greene. We got Dottie to spill the herbal tea on the life of an Aveda Institute student and trust us—it’s piping hot. Read on to find out…

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What is an Esthetician?

What is an esthetician? What does it involve? What are the career paths? If these are the type of questions that pop in your head, keep reading to discover if a career in esthetics at Douglas J Aveda Institute might just be what you’re looking for! What is an esthetician? An esthetician is a skincare…

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