Programs Offered

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy

Recent Reviews

Karen F.
5/16/2024 via Yelp
via Yelp

I used to love this salon... but the front-desk and scheduling quality has continued to decline at this school. 3 times in in the 12 months, I've had my...

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Jacqueline Brennan
5/1/2024 via Google
via Google

When I came in for my appointment, I wanted to just trim my split ends but after talking to my hairdresser, we decided on a little layering and framing the face. We agreed to only cut about 4 inches tops off the bottom, which was signed off on by whoever was in charge at the time, but my hairdresser ended up cutting off a lot more than that and then cut even more for the layers. She also cut my hair while it was dry, which meant the hairstyle was even shorter than what I wanted. When my hair is down, the sides are now uneven, so I have to wear it up until it grows back out. I am very displeased with the outcome of my haircut and I wish my hairstylist would have listened to me and not cut off more than the agreed upon 4 inches. I understand the hairstylists are still learning, but if someone doesn’t have experience with curly hair, please don’t allow them to cut someone with curly hair. Aside from this experience, my experience prior to this one wasn’t good either. I had scheduled a hair appointment a few weeks ago, only to arrive for my appointment and to be told my appointment had been canceled. But I hadn’t been notified because “I wasn’t on the cancellation list to be notified.” That makes no sense. If an appointment is cancelled, you should call the client regardless of whether if they’re on “a list” or not. For both of these reasons, I will not be a returning customer.

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Angela Lattuca
4/10/2024 via Google
via Google

This place used to be good. I used to get several types of services done here. Now it’s straight garbage. Let me tell you why. It takes months to get into an appointment and most of the time, they will cancel on you last minute. I waited at least a month to get into my last appt. They cancelled the day of, giving me a one hour notice. Stating the student had called off for the day and no other stylist was available. Fine, things happen I get that. I called 2 days later to reschedule, and guess what another 2 months to get in. When I questioned it, I was told in the most rude tone and with the most ugly attitude, there was nothing sooner. I understand you are at school in training, but you might want to educate your front desk in how to politely do their job. I will never be back after being a client for many years.

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Editor's Description

Google reviews for those who received student services at Douglas J Aveda Institute average 4.5 stars, and many share a common theme: Clients are sad their student stylists are graduating and moving on. Marci Messina even refers to her stylist, Alejandra, as a "hairgician," saying, "She graduates soon, so make an appointment NOW!" Is there a higher compliment for a cosmetologist-in-training?

The school's Chicago branch focuses on career preparedness in cosmetology and esthiology, beginning with introductory classes and ending with immersion in salon life and exam preparation. They don't make you wait until the last moment to work with clients-you practice on guests throughout much of your program.

The school was one of the first to recognize technology is becoming increasingly important in the beauty field. So, they give every student an iPad to do coursework on. They also provide ring lights and backdrops to make portfolios pop and help learners navigate social media self-branding.


Douglas J Aveda Institute - Chicago offers the following programs:

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 11 months
Program Tuition $21,850


Program Length 750 hours
Average Completion 6 months
Program Tuition $15,900


Program Length 1,800 hours
Average Completion N/A
Program Tuition N/A

Massage Therapy

Program Length 625 hours
Average Completion N/A
Program Tuition N/A

About This School

Accreditation or State Approval

One or more programs offered at this school is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accredited programs qualify graduates for applicable state licensing. In addition, accredited schools typically can offer more financial aid options, including federal financial aid. Learn more about accreditation and approval.


To apply to this school, there is a $100 application fee.

Financial Aid

35% of students received financial aid

On average, students received $5,201 in financial aid.

Student Body

Gender Ratio

95% Female, 5% Male

Race / Ethnicity Ratio

50% White, 10% Hispanic / Latino, 21% African American, 1% Asian American, 1% American Indian, 1% Hawaiian / Pacific, 13% Two or More, 3% Unknown

117 students are enrolled in this school

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Page last updated: 04/17/2024

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