Avant/Aveda Master Stylist, Mentor, Avant Gateway

Josh Bleninger graduated from The Aveda Institute Minneapolis in 1998. Josh has worked for a number of well-known salons in Minneapolis including Ficcocello’s and Accolades. In addition, Josh was an instructor for 6 years at the Aveda Institute Minneapolis.  During his time there he was also actively involved in the re-writing of the Aveda Curriculum. His love for teaching equals his passion for creating beautiful Aveda colors and styles. Josh excels at hair cutting, especially men’s cutting and woman’s short and edgy styles. He has spent the last 14 years teaching and growing as a stylist, teaching at the institute and traveling the country teaching in other salons. As an educator and a stylist Josh has had the unique opportunity to learn from and work side by side many of the leading stylist in the industry. Originally from Cando, ND, Josh is excited to come back to ND with his wife and stylist, Alyssa Zimmer-Bleninger. Josh loves gardening, hunting and fishing with his Cando family and spending time with his beautiful wife, Alyssa.

Directors at AVANT

AVANT currently has 4 Directors, and they direct the education for all new AVANT stylist. These directors have attended many hours of color theory, basic form cutting, advanced cutting and color, advanced razor cutting, in addition to Advanced Color and Cutting classes with the Master’s at Aveda Academy NYC. All our new stylist spend months learning from our “master’s of education” at AVANT.

-Anne Zimmer, Owner