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Explore an Education in Skin Care Through Esthiology

If you always find yourself poring over the ingredients in your skin care products, keeping up with skin care trends or recommending your favorite skin care products to your friends, a career as a licensed esthetician may be the perfect fit.

Skin care professionals like estheticians are dedicated to helping others feel comfortable in their own skin by using certain products and techniques to help achieve smooth, glowing skin. They play an important role in helping others feel confident in themselves by educating others how to care for their skin based on their skin type, whether it’s oily, dry or a combination of both.

See what an education in skin care is like in the esthiology program at Douglas J Aveda Institute! Schedule your tour of one of our locations in Michigan, Illinois or Knoxville to get started.

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What You Can Learn By Going to Esthetician School

Our extensive curriculum covers everything you can use to provide an experience that helps others achieve holistic wellness. Using Aveda skin care products and principals, you can learn full face and body waxing, facials, makeup application and much more!

Every esthetician needs to know how to connect with guests and market their services on social media, skills you’ll learn at our esthetics school!

Our Esthiology Curriculum

  • Proper sanitation techniques
  • Anatomy and skin disorders
  • Bacteriology and physiology
  • Makeup application techniques
  • Facials
  • Body treatments
  • Basic chemistry
  • Waxing and hair removal techniques
  • Basic hand and arm massage
  • And more

Our goal is to provide you with the skills, tools and resources you need to become a successful esthetician, no matter what you choose. After your education at Douglas J Aveda Institute, you can open your own spa, work in a local clinic or pursue one of the many career paths a licensed esthetician can follow.

By choosing an education in esthetics, it’s possible to start doing what you love sooner! Our esthiology program can be completed in less than a year, sometimes in less than 6 months depending on the location and schedule.

At our Chicago and Knoxville locations, you get an education and certification in lashes and chemical peels as part of our standard 750-hour program. We’re excited to provide this to our students, so you can get more out of your education without spending additional time in school. Providing these services is a great way to help your future business stand out from competitors and push yourself to greater success in the industry.

  • Program Length: 750 hours
  • Day Program: Can be completed in as little as 22 weeks
  • Evening Program: Can be completed in as little as 30 weeks
  • Location: Chicago Esthiology
  • Program Length: 750 hours
  • Day Program: Can be completed in as little as 22 weeks
  • Evening Program: Can be completed in as little as 30 weeks
  • Location: Knoxville Esthiology

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What To Expect From Douglas J Aveda Institute

Our curriculum is organized into a variety of phases so that you can learn how to provide services at a pace that works for you. As an Aveda school, our curriculum focuses on the holistic experience. From the moment each guest walks through the door, they will feel pampered and relaxed through touch and relaxing aromas.

The introduction phase of our program is the opportunity to learn from our instructors about the concepts behind stellar skin care. You’ll learn the science behind skin care, understanding how the ingredients in products interact with the skin. Plus, you can get insight on how to run an effective appointment before you start applying your skills in our student spa.

Our gamma phase makes it possible for you to start providing skin care services to actual guests in our student spa. During this phase, you can get the support you need from our passionate instructors in an environment that looks and feels like a professional spa. Our goal is to help you be prepared to run a successful appointment, from the client consultation, to the service and ultimately ending each appointment with the right product recommendations to help each guest
love their skin.

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Pursue Your Dream Career

Choosing a profession in esthetics can open up many opportunities for your future career! While we can’t guarantee employment, we strive to help each student find a career doing what they love. As part of your education at Douglas J Aveda Institute you can participate in career fairs, mock interviews, resume preparation classes and other career-oriented events. After completing our esthiology program, you can choose from these careers and much more:

  • Esthetician
  • Salon Owner/Manager
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Consultant
  • Platform Artist
  • Spa Professional in the Medical Field
  • Esthiology Educator (with completion of the Educator course)
  • Manufacturer Educator
  • Distributor Sales – Cosmetic Buyer

Financial Aid Is Available

Paying for skin care school is possible at Douglas J Aveda Institute. As part of our esthiology program, financial aid is available to those who qualify. This means that it’s possible to pay for school through Pell Grants, federal loans and more. Make sure to ask our team about payment options you may qualify for to fit esthetician school into your budget.

Day and Night Schedules Available

You can learn how to become an esthetician at a class schedule that works for you! At Douglas J Aveda Institute you can choose from day or night classes based on what you need. We want to provide you with the opportunity to do what you love, so it’s possible to make a career change while still taking care of your family or balancing other responsibilities. Let us know which schedule works best when you choose to enroll.

Become a Big Part of Your Community

At Douglas J Aveda Institute, our mission is to give back to those around us, and we love giving that opportunity to each of our students, too! As part of our esthiology program you can participate in events that are designed to give back to charities or non-profit organizations. Plus, as an Aveda institute, you can join our network of professional salons and spas.

We’ve even had instructors come back to teach at the school they loved learning from!

“I had the privilege of taking esthetics here at Douglas J, and I was surrounded by some extraordinary and very inspirational educators, which then inspired me in turn to do the same for others and become an educator myself.”
-Abby – Esthiology Educator

Schedule Your Tour To Learn How To Enroll

If a career as an esthetician like the right step for you, schedule a tour of the Douglas J Aveda Institute closest to you! You can reach out by phone or fill out this form. Then, we’ll get in touch through the info you provided to schedule a tour. The tour is the perfect way to see yourself at our school, learn how to enroll and meet the Douglas J Aveda Institute team. We hope to see you soon!

I found that environmental care was extremely important to me and working towards a better world to live in. After research and understanding the positive reputation Douglas J Aveda had for environmental leadership and natural ingredients, I decided that this would be the school I would choose.

- Emma L., Esthiology

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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