Just a small thank you from us to you….

Elevate Salon Institute would like to take a few minutes and thank all of the teachers, career coordinators, counselors and coaches at the various schools across Wake County, Durham County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro. You guys are the real rock stars and heroes!

As a token of our appreciation we would like to offer 10% off of services at Elevate this week (our menu).  Call ahead 919-670-30370 to book, then all you have to do is show your badge when you check out!

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Way to go Sydney!!!

Everyone at ESI Durham could not be prouder of our very own student, Sydney.  She was awarded a Ratner Companies Passion and Purpose Scholarship from Beauty Changes Lives.  Sydney you are awesome, keep up the hard work!  Way to inspire others around you!!!

Meet Molly, Our Esthetics Instructor!

Fresh. Clean. Beautiful.

These words describe a career in esthetics almost perfectly, but they also describe the amazing esthetics instructor that we are proud to have at Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Durham.

Molly Tate joined our team with our first class in early 2018. We were honored to have such an amazing instructor and passionate professional on our staff. She brings an air of passion and dedication to our team and to our students. We hope everyone who walks through our doors benefits.

Get to know Molly and all of her accomplishments here. Continue reading

Come Crash a Class at Elevate!!!

Have you always thought that the beauty industry might be for you?

Are you ready to make that jump but not sure where?

Curious about what it’s like to go to cosmetology school?

If that describes you then come crash a class at Elevate and experience firsthand what it’s like. You will sit alongside our students and meet faculty who bring real, practical experience into the classroom along with their dedication to helping our students succeed.  Then spend lunch with us – our treat!

Dates: April 19th, April 25th or May 12th

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Space is limited, so please call 919–792–1722 or email admissions@ESIDurham.com to RSVP and save your spot today.

See you soon!!!

Understanding Your Financial Options. Paying For School? Get The Facts.

Invest in yourself!

You have probably heard this phrase before, in fact, many of us grow up hearing how important it is to invest in yourself. Beyond self-care and personal development one, of the biggest things you can do to invest in yourself is to invest in your future.

The biggest investment can be in your education.

Often, people throw aside their dreams in effort to attain a career that they think will support themselves and their families. Or, they may find themselves working a job that goes nowhere, convincing themselves that an education isn’t going to help or is too expensive to become a reality.

Don’t throw away your dreams!

Not only can you build a career that aligns with your dreams, but you can afford to make that a reality! Continue reading

Meet Renee: Cosmetology Instructor and Inspiration Driver.

At Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Durham we are dedicated to helping our students find their own personal success. At the base of our dedication is providing our students with an education that will help them reach their dreams, and that starts with our instructors.

With years of experience, and a passion for teaching, Renee contributes to our cosmetology program with a love and dedication that matches that of our owners, Matt and Terry.

Get to know Renee, and find out how her instruction can help you build a solid foundation for your future.

An Enthusiastic Beginning

Renee’s cosmetology journey began many years ago when she first enrolled at Stanly Community College in North Carolina. Ready to follow her dreams, Renee burst through her classes and right into a career faster than she could have imagined, which was good as she was ready to embrace her future!

Embrace it she did! Starting with a local salon, Renee quickly expanded her experience, in both franchise salons, spas, and even at specialty salons where she had the chance to develop and master her passion: coloring.

Developing Love and Color

Renee loves working with color. Beyond just working with products and brands that help her create amazing artistry with dozens of hues, her love of color also led into one of her favorite stories in her time working as a cosmetologist.

“I had a client years ago who could not wait for me to do her hair… She did it herself, [and] needless to say, it did not turn out well. it looked like a canary and a pumpkin had a love child and she was wearing it on her head. She called me in a panic begging me to fix it. I corrected it for her, it turned out a beautiful blond and she was so happy, she was in tears. I love to make people cry happy tears.”

A Passion for Education

Although much of Renee’s time has been spent behind a chair, she has worn many different hats within the world of beauty. From a Manager, to an Artistic Director, to an Artist for a multinational product company. Her portfolio is extensive, but it was one position that really captured her heart and plunged her into the world of teaching. That of a Franchise Educator.

After traveling to salons and schools teaching future and current beauty professionals, Renee realized that helping to mold the future was a calling that she just couldn’t ignore. She wanted to share all of the knowledge she had built with people new to the industry.

We couldn’t be prouder to give her the opportunity to do just that.

Building the Future

With so much experience, you can be sure that Renee has quite a lot to share. In fact, when asked what tips and tricks she shares with her students, she just laughs and says,
“So many, I cannot even begin to elaborate.”

Renee truly is a fountain of knowledge and experience, but in addition to all that she has done, she helps to prepare each of her students for the industry they are going in to. Cosmetology is a vibrant, ever changing industry, and Renee wants each of her students to be prepared for that, and to be willing to learn new things.

At ESI Durham we know that building successful careers starts not only with the foundation of skills and techniques but with a foundation of confidence and growth. We are honored to have Renee as part of our program and helping our students to find success both inside and out.

“Stay focused on your goals. Don’t allow anyone to steal your joy.”

Are you ready to see Renee in action?

We are honored to have Renee set an amazing example in our cosmetology program. If you are ready to learn more, and see how Renee’s experience can benefit you, contact us and schedule your tour today.

We would love to welcome you to our beautiful future and show you all of the amazing opportunities that an education in cosmetology could take you.

Don’t just take hold of your dreams, mold them into your future.

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