Douglas J Aveda Institute Reviews

1.68 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
  • East Lansing (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,600
33% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
38% of 8 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 1/12/2020
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I’m currently enrolled at the Aveda Institute in Knoxville, Tennessee. Please, please, please do not go here. Do your research. They make it seem like you learn a lot when you go for your tour. The first ten weeks you only go over each technique once. The class is rushed and some of the practicals are left out and not taught. I’ve talked to students from each new class and there’s always several things we didn’t learn and the items not learned vary from class to class because the educators are very inconsistent. Once you get out of intro you’re basically worked to death. There’s been times where I’ve had two clients still in the salon I’m responsible for because the front desk booked my first client “cheryl” for highlights when really she wants highlights and a balayage which will take three more hours than what I have. Then my second client “tina” will come in and I’ll have to try and multitask both clients AND not have a lunch for that whole 8 hour day. They’ll tell you to try and take a “processing break” so you’ll have to do your best and eat something in like the 15 mins you have. This type of thing happens all the time to everyone and none of the teachers or front desk care. They will book you back to back to back and expect you to learn on your own. When you do have your one class day a week it’s a complete joke. Nothing is taught. There’s been classes who are supposed to have the full ten weeks of the unit to complete all of their projects and work but they’ll only get 7 because of the institutes awful scheduling. That’s 3 weeks of missed classes that you’re supposed to pull out your ipad and teach yourself. I would recommend going to TSB if you’re from Knoxville. They have eyelash extension classes and hair extension classes that you can be certified in before even graduating! A group of us tried to tell the director of our school in Knoxville to look into this (Kaitlin Desselle) but she does not care and has no experience in hair/skin/makeup industry so why is she running the school???? We only run through state board like 5 times during the whole 11 months. If they tell you they go in depth about what state board requires don’t listen. They don’t. And also each teacher has different rules each time you run through the test because this whole school is so INCONSISTENT! I have a friend who goes to TSB and they go over state board so much and focus on leading so much more. They don’t get worked to death either. Please don’t go to Aveda if you don’t want to have varicose veins and back problems by the age of 20. That’s all I can do to help you. I’d feel bad if I didn’t warn people."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Lmika4210 - 8/17/2019
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Do not go to school here you will be very disappointed. They profit so much from students it’s terrible. Do your research check multiple places out to see what they offer. Honestly you pay 25k but also pay way more month to month school doesn’t provide anything. Nothing in there is sanitary. Educator pick and choose all the time treat ppl differently. They will book u back to back so much you will have carpal tunnel and back problems."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Sally - 5/17/2019
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Over all, Douglas J was highly disappointing. I had high hopes that this program would really help educate me and prepare me for my chosen career. First off, the tuition is ridiculous. I understand that I was partly paying for the name but there is absolutely no reason it should cost $23,000. The kit that you pay thousands for is made up of cheap tools that you will have to replace immediately after graduation. Years ago, they used to provide quality tools, but they have replaced all of them with their own "douglas j tools" brand. For as much as I am investing, I would hope that they would also invest in their students they claim to care about by giving us quality tools. My first ten weeks spent in "intro" was wonderful. My educator truly went out of his way to make sure I grasped everything. But after that, you are thrown onto the floor. And at that point, you are surrounded by "educators", many in which have NO salon experience. What?! And you're teaching me how to work in a salon? Majority of the educators act like it's high school and pick favorites, who they let do anything. On top of this, they do not care for students well being. Many times I went without lunch breaks because they had to book my day with clients so they could then make more money off of me. I am highly anemic, so often times I would feel faint and light headed. But at least they were making money, right? There was not a lot of organization. I paid fees monthly to be there (over $1,000) and they would claim I was behind on payment when in fact I wasn't. It did not make me feel very secure knowing they were not keeping track of my payments, especially since they were large payments. I could go on and on, but like I said, I was very disappointed in the education I paid for."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Graduated - 4/20/2019
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Extremely disappointed with my experience here..i wish i had done my homework..maybe i can save you the trouble First of all the attendance policy is unfair. If you are 1 minutes late you are actually 15 min later(they round up) Second of all there are ZERO excused absences. Doctors notes. Nothing is excused. Its 1500 program & you have 95hrs you're allowed to miss) if you go over You are discharged from the program or must take a 10day medical leave and yes it HAS to be the full 10 days) There are muptupile class action lawsuits due to angry students who had to fold towels and re-stock products..do laudrey(not part of education at all) In addition they have large class' 10-18 students and they all have to compete for help..and favoritism is a. Extremly common thing During my tour i was told id be allowed to accept tips, and would have Job placement for live..alll job placement means is giving you the names of local aveda salons they are hiring Plus going to an Aveda school means you only work with Aveda products so if you want to go to a non aveda salon you are at a disadvantage because you are uneducated on the other products of the industry..so 9 out of 10 times you have to assist in a salon before you're allowed to take your own guests. I had difficulty passing my boards and i thinks its it's because in the final stage "salon life" you have no class room days..that's when they should really be focusing the time on preparing the state board."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Carrie - 8/22/2018
Degree: Esthetician
Graduation Year: 2014
"I went to the East Lansing location. For charging as much as they do, the quality of the education is very subpar, and it has nothing to do with the instructors. The problem is that as an Aveda school, everything is taught within the Aveda framework. Anything Aveda doesn't "believe in", you won't be taught. This includes some fundamentals. For example, I took the Esthiology course. Aveda doesn't believe in nearly anything mechanical, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels. You will taught their watered down, Aveda product-based "alternatives". You will spend one day in class learning and using things like microcurrent, etc. This is clearly done to essentially trap you within the Aveda network after graduating, as you will leave very poorly prepared for work in any other setting. You will, however, learn a whole lot of useless information about chakras, and if your location is like mine, start everyday in a dark classroom, inhaling essential oils and meditating to sitar music."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Henrayyyy - 11/9/2015
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Cheats you out of money, staff really doesn't try to help you learn. Very disorganized school. Staff are just kids, they don't know what they are doing, but they will make you feel like nothing and like you know nothing. Will try to put blame on you for their mistakes. ex: school lost my information on my financial aid, and they kicked me out for a month for it, they found it, made me write a letter and pay $100.00 to get enrolled back into the school."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/5/2015
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2015
"For profit institute. Tuition is way too high. New instructors know less about hair than the students. The school is really just out to make as much money off of students as possible. Students do not accept tips, but have to pay to attended and clients must pay for services. They also want students to pay money for fund raising. A huge waste of money and time. Also the director likes to kick people out for voicing frustrations. He also disapproves when you point out things that are wrong. All in all a huge waste of time and money"
4.3 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Umlor - 8/4/2014
Degree: Cosmetology
Graduation Year: 2012
"My school, Douglas J Aveda Institute was a excellent fit for me. I learn better from being taught hands on, and our class size was small. The instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable, and willing to work with me one on one, if I needed the help. I would highly recommend attending this institute. After I graduated, I no difficulty finding employment!"

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