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Discover Your Career in Beauty at Douglas J Aveda Institute’s Michigan Cosmetology Schools

Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of cosmetology and embark on a journey toward a career you’re truly passionate about? We understand the eagerness to jump in feet first, but before you can start working your magic in a salon or your dream job, there’s a process in place to ensure that cosmetologists, esthiologists, massage therapists, and barbers in Michigan are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to serve clients safely and effectively. What follows are answers to questions we hear most often from prospective students, but if you’d rather speak to a human than read, feel free to get in touch directly with the campus of your choice.

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How Long is Cosmetology School in Michigan?

The short answer is 1,500 hours. We can’t speak for any other institution, but at Douglas J Aveda Institutes in Michigan, you can complete our cosmetology program in as little as 11 months during our daytime program, and as little as 14 months in our evening program at any of our four campuses:

Ann Arbor

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Grand Rapids

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Royal Oak

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Now, you might be wondering why the requirement is set at 1,500 hours. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs oversees the licensure of Michigan cosmetologists, ensuring that professionals meet certain standards to protect both clients and practitioners. After careful consideration, it was determined that 1,500 hours provides aspiring cosmetologists with the necessary time to complete a thorough education in both practical and theoretical skills.

What can you expect to learn during your time in cosmetology school? Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including:


  • Haircutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Manicuring
  • Safety protocols
  • Sanitation practices
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

What about Esthiology, Massage Therapy and Barber School?

At Douglas J Aveda Institute in Michigan, the program lengths for Esthiology, Massage Therapy, and Barber School are as follows:

  • Esthiology: The program is 700 hours long. The day program can be completed in as little as 5.5 months, while the evening program can be completed in 7.5 months.
  • Massage Therapy: The program is slightly longer at 625 hours. You can finish your journey in as little as 4 months from your first class to graduation, as a full time student. Part-time students can expect to finish in just under 6 months.
  • Barbering: The barber program is the longest, spanning over 12 months with a full-time 1,800-hour curriculum.

How do I pay for this?

Because all Douglas J Aveda schools are accredited beauty school programs, you can get the support you need to pay for beauty school. No matter what your situation is, you don’t have to let the cost hold you back. Talk to our team to learn more about applying for scholarships and financial aid, available to those who qualify.

What happens when I finish?

Our goal is to help you find a career you can love. While we can’t guarantee employment after graduation, you can get the support you need. Because we are an Aveda institute, you will be part of our network of professional salons and spas throughout the world.

You will have access to many tools including “how to” videos, a ring light, and professional backdrops so you can start building a professional portfolio on social media. All part of your cosmetology education to help you be successful with your own personal beauty brand.

At Douglas J’s Michigan Schools, we’re committed to providing our students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience they need to succeed in the dynamic field of cosmetology. Our experienced faculty members are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and unleash your creativity.

Whether you’re passionate about hairstyling, makeup artistry, skincare, or nail care, Douglas J’s Michigan Schools have the resources and support you need to turn your passion into a rewarding career.

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Join us and start your journey toward becoming a licensed cosmetologist, esthiologist, massage therapist or barber in Michigan today!



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