Student Stories: Tommy Buckett

May 15 2018

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There are people that dream, and there are people that do. At Douglas J Aveda Institute, we believe in taking dreamers and teaching them how to do whatever they desire to achieve in their futures! Each month we like to feature one stand-out student or alumni. This month we are featuring a Michigan alum, Tommy Buckett!

About Tommy

Tommy’s love of hair started in high school when he cleaned a salon on the weekends and cut his friends’ hair with household scissors. Working at his local Olive Garden, he discovered his new home, the Douglas J Aveda Institute, after his boss told him he needed a haircut to continue being a waiter. That’s when he ended his attendance at Michigan State and enrolled in beauty school. Beauty school had been the ideal outcome for Tommy, and he was ready to take on the world.

After pouring hard work, dedication and love into his education, Tommy graduated from the Douglas J Aveda Institute cosmetology program. Though Tommy loved his hometown, he knew he was destined to do something amazing someplace else. With a wave goodbye to Michigan, he packed up his stuff and moved to the Big Apple 17 years ago. There he started on his way toward an amazing future in beauty, fashion and even interior design!

Tommy in the Spotlight

Known for his work with a variety of popular celebs like Elisabeth Moss and Jackie Cruz, he is also making a name for himself by renovating his NYC brownstone with his boyfriend. Tommy’s work has graced covers of magazines before but never for something like his most recent feature; Coveteur magazine recently published a piece all about his beautiful home and all of the amazing changes they’re making. Hair artist or home renovator extraordinaire? You decide.

Tommy Buckett, celebrity stylist and interior designer! He almost does it all! You can catch Tommy painting walls, styling hair for photoshoots and even growing a book of clients at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon. Tommy is very popular in the industry, and he is well-known for his effortless and chic styles. You can see his work in magazines like “Allure”, “Elle”, “Glamour” and even “Seventeen”.


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Famous Faces on Tommy’s IG

Tommy has hit the big time, and he is often seen featuring the beautiful Elisabeth Moss on his Instagram account. Here you can see posts of all the amazing styles he creates that hit photo sets and red carpets all the time. We can’t help but beam with pride for all that he has accomplished. Tommy is someone who embodies everything that the Douglas J family stands for and is constantly working to create.


You Can Do It, Too

Are you longing for a future styling your favorite stars? You can create your own path just like Tommy did! Check out the cosmetology program at Douglas J Aveda Institute, and contact us to learn more about enrolling!

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