Five Fun Jobs You Can Master While in Cosmetology School

If you have been considering beauty school but have responsibilities or financial burdens that are keeping you from your dreams, they don’t have to!

At Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Durham we want everyone to reach their dreams. By providing qualified teachers, a strong curriculum, and the support you need to get through the hard times, we strive to help you get from your first day at school to your first day at your new career and beyond. That commitment to your success, however, goes beyond the foundation of support that we pride ourselves on. Continue reading

Let Your Colors Show! Sporty Style For Every Fan.

With everything from college basketball to professional football, the area in and around Durham, NC is a haven for every sports fan. Chances are you cheer for a variety of teams, local or not.


Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

No matter who you cheer for, or what area you might be in, it’s important to look your best when cheering loud and proud for the team of your choice. If you are coming up blank on how to do that, or need some new ideas to spruce up your look, we have you covered. Continue reading

Meet Matt! Owner of ESI Durham

Just as all our students have different journeys into the world of beauty so do our owners. Matt Haverkamp, one of our owners and admissions coordinator found his way to Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Durham after years in corporate America.

While his journey into the world of beauty may not have been in the traditional route, Matt is passionate about his position and dedicated to his students. Matt genuinely displays how a career in beauty can lead to a joy you never expected. Continue reading

It’s Never too Late to Change Your Stars

At Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Durham we know that the educational journeys of our students can be as wide and as varied as the types of hair we cut. Your personal journey will be different from those around you and have as many twists and turns as a perfect crown braid!

No matter if you knew what you wanted in life, if you changed your mind a few times, or if life happened and sent you on a journey you will never forget; it is never too late to change your stars and pursue your dreams. Continue reading

The Five Hair Stages of The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, led in by cooler temperatures, decreased humidity, and the twinkling lights that we come to expect. The time has come to begin planning for the joy and merriment of family gatherings, large dinners, and wrapping paper explosions.

With all those glad tidings, however, comes the hectic schedule, the packed malls, the never-ending to-do lists, and all the family activities you can handle.

Don’t let the strain take over! Continue reading

Where Can I Work in Esthetics?

In 2016 the spa industry hit a remarkable 16.3 Billion revenue mark.

And yes, this number is as big as you think! However, it is actually an even bigger milestone than you might expect. The growth of the spa industry has been huge over the last decade, with nearly a full billion dollar growth in revenue each year and so much demand that many business are struggling to keep up.

The spa industry is quite literally bursting at the seams. Continue reading