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Developing Mastery Program 

Advance to the Extraordinary

Don’t Just Raise the Bar - Launch It. 
The Developing Mastery program is an internal training curriculum that trains our stylists to deliver the highest level of service, provide expert consultation and create loyal guests.

Emerging Artists

Whether it's design or color, Emerging Artists (the newest Douglas J stylists) learn how to refine skills and provide an exceptional experience to guests. This is not for the faint of heart! Our program is rigorous and intense to inspire only the most dedicated and passionate professionals who are driven by desire and the need to push boundaries. After all, we aim to surpass our guests' expectations. 


Your Unique Discipline 

As a new hire you should view this six-month program as your post-graduate finishing school. With the support and guidance of our directors and educators, you will have a chance to explore design and color. Then, you will fine tune your skills in your chosen discipline. You'll be immersed in our culture and learn modern hair techniques, gain new tools and offer guests options they've never heard of. All of this in preparation for you to run a business from behind your chair.


No two guests are the same — nor should their styles be. Move beyond the basics and gain the mastery needed to offer advanced cutting and styling techniques. Learn how to customize a plan based on traits like face shape, hair type and maintenance preference, then advance to a level where you recommend and deliver new solutions. Take your salon-friendly looks and bust out of the box. You’ll assess features, fine-tune techniques, combine them in different ways and finish hair so an individual cut and style compliments each guest’s face. 


First comes chemistry, then creating with color. You’ll learn how to mix advanced custom formulas considering hair type, health and maintenance preference to achieve the look you want. You’ll then be able to offer recommendations to reinvent or enhance a guest’s existing look. Knowing the intricacies of color means you build a rock-solid foundation, ultimately coloring for the cut rather than maintenance. Put simply, your skills soar.


Douglas J strives to always encourage our stylists to be inspired by the art of the beauty industry.One example? We urge them to push their abilities to the next level and enter prestigious competitions like the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). We’re proud to say Serene Barlond, one of our own stylists, was named a finalist for the 2016 NAHA Newcomer Stylist of the Year. 

Our Training Program is Beyond Compare

Art directors and educators are mentored by industry leaders before they're certified to teach our training curriculum. They continue to receive ongoing mentoring, which endlessly refines their skills and abilities to stay on top of the trade.

For more information email careers@douglasj.com and to apply Douglas J Application.
This training program is offered to new hires and current employees of our East Lansing and Ann Arbor salons.