Specialties The Douglas J Aveda Institues embody the most innovative, cutting-edge in cosmetology (haricare) and estiology (skincare) education. Our cosmetology students enroll in a 1500-hour course focused on hair care, basic skin care, makeup application and techniques, and nail care. Once fulfilling the 300-hour requirement, our students begin gaining practical knowledge and experience four days a week, taking services and learning through the skilled hands and experienced eyes of our instructors. Our students are completing their education under instructor supervision hinging on two main focuses: theoretical knowledge and practical application. Our lisenced instructors help not only to fine-tune the skills of our students practically in our fully-functioning salon and our soothing spa, but to relate these applications to the theoretical knowledge earned in the classroom. History Established in 2004 When Douglas Weaver started cutting hair in the mid 1960s his vision for his own salon was based on three simple principles; provide an uncompromising level of service for his guests, create opportunity for professional growth for young people within the salon industry, and to give back to the communities that support Douglas J. In 1967, when Douglas and his wife Sharon, made the decision to open a salon, it was a small affair with big intentions. The salon employed 6 team members and was located in a small space in East Lansing. The salon has since moved to Okemos, where it remains today. The Douglas J Academy of Cosmetology was opened in 1986; the school was moved to a new facility, and transformed into the 7th Aveda Institute in North America in 1993. The Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2004. In 2007, the Douglas J Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan opened. The Douglas J Aveda Institute in Royal Oak, Michigan opened in 2008.