In trendy, downtown Royal Oak, the Douglas J Aveda Institute echoes the energy of the local businesses, restaurants and boutiques — both inside and out. With a beautiful two-story space that utilizes open spaces and glass walls, this location, opened in 2008, embodies the Douglas J values by creating a space where students can learn and grow, guided by an accomplished staff.
Our Educators have owned salons and spas, serviced guests in high-end treatments, medical spas, managed full-service salons or worked independently owning their own suite
What are you most proud of in your career? The opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people who saw things in me that I had yet to see and who helped cultivate those things in a loving way.
How did you get from Douglas J to where you are today? By working long hours — night and weekends to build up a clientele and surrounding myself with talented mentors and team members. Learning happens everywhere within the salon and outside — never stop learning.
The greatest strength was how busy the institute was, it prepared me for what a real salon was like. Also, the wonderful fully trained staff.
My days are crazy! Don’t get me wrong — I love what I do! I’m behind the chair 40 hours a week and also educating my staff, fixing the behind-the-scenes salon “stuff” and opening a second salon. It’s easy to put in a 60-hour work week plus take orders from my beautiful girls at home!
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.