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What Makes Our Program Stand Out?

We want students to find successful futures in salons or spas after graduation.  Although we are in the middle of unique times, we are still starting our programs through digital learning and will transition you to in-class lessons and a salon-like clinic atmosphere as soon as possible.  Our whole curriculum is focused on professional growth. The Douglas J Aveda Institute cosmetology program is not just about giving students information to pass a test. It’s about ideas, philosophy and real-life application. We run our student clinic like a real salon so our students can get a feel for what working behind the chair will be like.

Blonde guest getting her hair done by a stylist.

Day and Evening Classes Available!

You can help someone else embrace their beauty. Explore your potential in our 1,500-hour program. You can learn techniques and skills in haircutting, styling, skincare, nail care and makeup artistry. At Douglas J Aveda Institute, you can perfect your practical and theoretical knowledge and learn professional business building skills.

We utilize demonstrations, lectures and practical experience with actual guests to teach our students. Each cosmetology student will enter our 5 phases: Intro, Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Salon Life. Our 5-phase curriculum was created with the intention to teach students not only salon skills but business skills, too, for a more rounded education.

The beauty industry is wide open, and we’re here to help you take your first steps on this journey. You can choose to be limitless. Where there’s hair, there’s a demand for talented stylists. Are you willing to go the distance? Start your path at Douglas J Aveda Institute.

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A Curriculum for the Digital Age

Textbooks and notepads are a thing of the past. In 2016, Douglas J Aveda Institute became one of the first beauty schools to equip every student with an iPad. Through the Learn Aveda platform, students can access the entire curriculum from any location. This includes virtual learning tools, videos, state board prep material, portfolio tips and much more. Social media is essential as a modern stylist. We offer iPads, as well as ring lights and a professional backdrop, so our students can create the best online content possible. Every modern stylist needs to know how to connect with guests in real life, as well as market their services on social media.

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The Douglas J Phases

Everyone starts off in the intro phase. This is where students are learning concepts in the classroom and preparing to take guests.

In the alpha phase, students start taking guests and have class once a week. Their learning is focused on advanced sciences and techniques.

Beta students take guests while immersing themselves in state board and licensure requirements. They take guests four days of the week.

Gamma students also take guests four days a week, but they’re building business skills at the same time. This includes learning how to use social media to come up with a great portfolio.

Salon Life
A student in the salon life phase is fully on the clinic floor. These students take guests and focus on preparing for their future. They also concentrate heavily on preparing for the state board.

Important Note: While everyone has to do the intro and salon life phase, the alpha, beta, and gamma phases can be interchangeable based on your skills, learning style and progress in the program.

Stylist does an editorial look on guest with a blonde, blonde haircut.

Cosmetology School With a Positive Mission

As an Aveda school, Douglas J is all about giving back. That means giving back to the communities around us and to our planet as a whole. The Aveda brand is famously sustainable, which means you’ll learn what it’s like to work with eco-friendly products from the get-go. Using eco-friendly products as a stylist is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help make the earth a more beautiful place. In addition to taking care of the planet, we always want to do our part for the people close to home. Our institutes have great relationships with a variety of regional and national nonprofits. As a Douglas J student, you could get the chance to participate in some of this community involvement.

Apply Today!

If working in the beauty industry is your goal, our cosmetology program can help you achieve it. Contact us or call us at (877) 311-8957 today to learn about how you can apply!

To learn more about cosmetology career possibilities, read Douglas J student stories, and find out about growth in the beauty industry, check out our blog!

Potential Careers

Well-qualified cosmetologists could pursue jobs like:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Salon Owner
  • Platform Artist
  • Celebrity Stylist
  • Cosmetology Editor
  • Salon Trainer
  • Educator (with completion of the Educator course)
  • Manicurist and Pedicurist
  • Distributor Sales Consultant
  • Cosmetic Buyer
  • Cosmetology Writer
  • Aveda Global Educator
  • State Board Member
  • Researcher
  • State Licensing Inspector or Examiner

Douglas J is a phenomenal school. I graduated back in September 2012 and since then have been living my dreams. They hold you accountable for your actions and instill leadership, and business principles in you that will set you apart from the rest. The Aveda name alone holds weight, but the addition of "Douglas J" makes my resume look even better.

- Kierra W.

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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