We Love To Teach & We Love Where We Teach

Why We’re Different

Don Roberts School of Hair Design is a privately-owned spa school with a focus on our students. Since we’re privately owned, we don’t respond to the financial demands of outside investors. This allows us to keep our classes small and provide quality education.

Our externship program is a key part of our curriculum. The graduates of our school find the time spent in the off-campus externship programs to be an awesome and rewarding experience.

The Schererville Campus is also the only full-service SPA SCHOOL in Northwest and Central Indiana.

Our History

Don Roberts School of Hair Design is a private school. The original school began in Calumet City Illinois in 1961. Mr. Roberts opened his first school because he was unable to find qualified employees for his salons. The Calumet City Campus was the first of six schools in Illinois and Indiana. Janet Stemmer, a DR alumni, has owned the Don Roberts School of Hair Design since 1978.

Don Roberts School of Hair Design is very well established and offers exceptional opportunities. We have proven the test of time because we keep up with the times. All curriculum for the programs offered are continually evolving to meet the demands of the industry. We offer group and private education, both for the undergraduate and licensed professional.

Graduate Professional Outlook

Many of our graduates find immediate employment. Employment opportunities can be found in the salon/spa, behind the chair or treatment bed/table, in management, ownership, and/or education. A few of the innovative job opportunities that have found our graduates are independent contractor positions, work in a mobile salon/spa, and cruise line. Graduates of Don Roberts School of Hair Design have entered the job market with above-average skills and have no limitations when looking for entry-level employment.

If you’re a creative, social person who enjoys working with others, and you’re looking for a rewarding career you can get excited about, you owe it to yourself to consider a future in beauty.

Attending an established and respected beauty school such as the Don Roberts School of Hair Design, can and can help you launch an exciting cosmetology career, without spending years in school!

Explore Our Programs


  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt