How Much Do You Know About Financial Aid?

Investing in your beauty education is a big deal and that’s why Elevate Salon Institute(ESI) Durham, is here to help you achieve your cosmetology dreams. If you haven’t already, we highly suggest that you look at our financial aid options, which are available to those who qualify, and find out how it can help you through school. You may think you know all there is to know about financial aid but do you really? Take our quiz to find out if you’re a financial aid expert or if there’s a thing or two you can learn.

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Now that you’ve taken our quiz, it’s time to start applying! Check out our blog to find out more about our financial aid options available to those who qualify. Or contact us if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to help you along the process. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit

5 Romantic Hairstyles You Have to Try This Valentine’s Day!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day from the team at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham! Got a date planned with your special someone? Or maybe you’re going to have a fun night-in with a group of friends? Whatever you’re doing for this love-filled holiday, use it as an opportunity to try something new with your hair! Here are five gorgeous (and easy) hairstyles that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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The Time to Change Your Future is Now

We can’t believe it, but 2019 is almost here! The beginning of a new year is an amazing time because it can feel like a new start to accomplishing your dreams. We love the incredible feeling that you’re ready to take on your goals, but we also know that it can be hard to stick to your New Year’s resolution. It may have happened before where you’ve been so excited to start, but you later convinced yourself that it wasn’t the right time. Here at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham we believe that you shouldn’t wait another year because you can achieve your goals whenever you want. It can often feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, but we think that you can make the time and energy to follow through on the dreams you’ve always wanted to achieve. Here’s how you can make sure you follow through on your New Year’s resolution in 2019!

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Starting Cosmetology School: Excuses You Tell Yourself (and What You Should Be Saying Instead)

Where do you see yourself in five years? Let us rephrase that. Where do you want to be in five years? If cosmetology is your dream, get over those hurdles and turn your dreams into goals! Your beautiful future may not be as far away as you think. Take a look at a few excuses you may be making and what you should be telling yourself instead!

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5 Ways to Protect Your Hair This Winter

Some might be dreading the incoming winter, but there’s no denying that colder temperatures will be here sooner than we think. With the colder season coming up, many are wondering what that means for their hair. One thing all of us are grateful for here in NC is the decreased humidity that comes with the lower temperatures. Of course, that doesn’t mean that humidity is gone completely and now we have to worry about the potential damaging effects the cold air could have on our hair. Don’t worry! Here at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham, we want to make sure that people are caring properly for their hair in all seasons. Here are five ways you can protect your hair from this upcoming winter.

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ESI Durham 💜s Our Community

Here at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham we have built a special place for the members of our community to gather. It’s a place where people of all sexual orientations, races, social statuses, and genders can come to feel accepted while pursuing their dreams of beauty.

We have become a pillar in our community for creating a safe space for our students, and because of that we are known for making the community as a whole feel loved and cared for. Matt Haverkamp, one of our owners, has made it his goal to give back to the community of Durham in gratitude for what the community has done for him and his dreams.

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5 Fall Hair Colors We Love!

Fall is right around the corner and here at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham, we couldn’t be more excited! With the change of the season comes a change in what is trending in the beauty industry. One of the many things we love so much about this industry is the ever-changing trends and ideas. Nothing is too “out there” to try. With that, we are excited to try out these new hair colors perfect for fall. Here are our five favorite hair colors we will be rocking all season long.

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A Look Back At Our Grand Opening!

Ribbon cutting ceremonyOn July 25th, downtown Durham welcomed Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Durham. We are a beauty college that focuses on empowering those that want to elevate their skills and techniques in beauty. We work hard to bring confident and strong cosmetologists and estheticians into the world. At our grand opening, we were able to celebrate opening a door to more creative minds that share a passion for beauty just like we do!

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