Opened in 1986 and hailed as our flagship location and Douglas J Aveda Headquarters, our East Lansing Institute sits in the heart of Michigan State’s campus, only miles away from the State Capital and our first salon. You’ll find us next to Jackson National Life Student Center known as “Jackson Zone” in the Jacobsen’s retail store that still holds the original spiral staircase. We’re also deeply involved in our community and collaborate with many local charities including Hidden Key Fashion Show put on by The AITCH Foundation.
Our Educators are always standing by, providing feedback and guidance on everything from styling and color to retailing, product knowledge and home-care recommendations.
A Childhood Dream - I've always had an interest in the fashion and makeup industry. Throughout high school, I considered cosmetology, but instead focused on business. Just before enrolling in classes, I realized it was time to commit to my passion. This was the right fit - from the image to the energy I felt the first time I walked in to the way the program incorporated the business side. I'm grateful for or the Educators who brought out my talent - always providing support and pushing me to do more.
I was working as a stylist and still had the feeling of wanting to know more, from a technical and a career standpoint, so I decided to enter the Cosmetology Instructor program. That program was so valuable in the way it shaped not only my practical skills, but also helped me improve my delivery of guest service.
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Why Cosmetology? - I currently work as an artist and always felt the hair industry would be just another extension to my creativity. I'm passionate about giving back, especially in regards to helping women and children who are suffering from hair loss, specifically trichotillomania. I have battled with this condition and still do at times. Not only do I want to be able create hair pieces and wigs to help women and children, but to ultimately, bring about awareness for trichotillomania.
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.