Our Fav Summer Beauty Trends of 2018!

When you go online you tend to be drowned in what is hot and what’s not. It can a little overwhelming trying to figure out what beauty trends to try out and which ones work best for you. We are here to be your older sibling and to show you some of our favorite beauty trends that have come to light this year! Take a seat, and take some notes!

Bear Your Bare Face

This year we are bearing it all. Well, when it comes to our face that is. This has to be our number one favorite trend because it embraces our natural beauty. This is something that is always in style! Be sure to be up to date with your skin care routine and to load up on sunscreen before you go out to enjoy the sun. Taking the time to care for your skin will not only help you long-term but can create a gorgeous healthy face for you to rock naturally!

Add Some Color!

Going from a bare face to a little splash of color is easier and more effective than you might think! Starting with a clean face that is well moisturized, pick one focal point of your face that you want to brighten with color. That could be your eyes, cheeks, or your lips. If you want to bring some attention to your eyes, pick an eyeshadow color that will really make your eyes pop and skip on the mascara. If cheeks are your pick, find a subtle but strong color to flush out your fash. As for lips, go crazy and make them bold!

Don’t Forget the Gloss

Remember the late ‘90s and the early 2000s? Remember your collection of lip gloss? It’s time to resurrect that collection because the gloss is back in style baby! 2018 is the year of surprises and leaving your comfort zone. While we want to see your lips shine from a mile away, that’s not the only place you can gloss up. After applying eyeshadow, seal it with your favorite gloss. You can also skip the shadow and apply the gloss on your bare lids. This will had a cool glass effect on your natural skin. So pretty and cool!

Slick It Back

You probably have seen this hairstyle on so many celebrities. The slick back pony is a classic that keeps popping up on both the red carpet and the workspace. It’s a gorgeous look that’s easy enough to do!

Put down the hair dryer! For this look, you will want to start with wet hair. Slick your hair back in a tight ponytail that either hits at the bottom of your head or higher. We suggest using a strong holding gel to keep your hair in place. We love to wear this hairstyle with a bare face and a bold lip. Look out world!

Fringe on Fringe!

This year we want to see fringe! No, we don’t mean leather tassels. We mean bangs! Contact your hairstylist* and see what type of bangs would work well with your face shape. Our favorite bangs right now are messy with some texture. This gives you a more laid-back look and they can be easier to work with!

Learn More!

If you are interested in what other beauty trends you can master, you should consider enrolling in our cosmetology program. Here you can learn more about the art of hair and makeup. Read our blog to see if you are ready to join the beauty industry. Contact us today to schedule a tour and to receive more information.

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Ohio!

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When you think of your future does it involve helping others embrace their beauty? A career in cosmetology could be exactly right for you! Becoming a cosmetologist can seem intimidating if you don’t have a good idea of what that involves. We are here to walk you through the process step by step.

1. Find Your School

In order to become a licensed cosmetologist, you must get the correct education. Where you go to school is very important. You will want to find a school that offers the program you are interested in and a school where you feel comfortable and welcomed. Here at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Cleveland you can schedule a visit to see how it all happens! You can speak with some of our instructors and students to get a better feel of what our school can offer you.

We understand that paying for school can become a roadblock. Many schools offer financial aid and scholarships. ESI Cleveland is happy to offer both! We believe that making your dreams into a reality should be as easy as possible. See if you qualify for our scholarships or financial aid.

2. Get Your License

A very common question that is asked is, “How to obtain a cosmetologist license.” In order to have a license, you have to get some things done first. Don’t worry, it’s nothing that you can’t handle! Here is what you need to complete in order to obtain your cosmetologist license in Ohio.

3. Find Your Career

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Now that you have your license in hand, it’s time to continue your journey toward a fulfilling career. Many have found a career in the beauty industry to be very exciting, creative, challenging, and exactly what they are looking for. The world of beauty is constantly improving and moving forward. That can make for finding a career in many different locations and many different positions. Here are some of them:

  • TV/Film
  • Salon Owner
  • Spa Owner
  • Fashion Shows
  • Photoshoots
  • Beauty Blogger

Begin Your Journey!

What’s so beautiful about becoming a cosmetologist is that it’s never too late to begin! At any stage in your life, we believe that you can make anything happen. With hard work, passion, and drive you can make your dreams a reality! Check out our advanced cosmetology program and contact us to begin. Read our blog to get a better understanding of what cosmetology covers.

5 Updos to Rock This Summer

Summer is here and the days are warming up. Soon enough we’ll be in the hot days of the year and we all know how brutal that can be, especially if you are dealing with a full head of hair. Use the hot days as a good excuse to practice and rock the updos you’ve always wanted to try. Get your hair out of the way but with style. We have collected five of our favorite looks. These looks could be something new to your or something you’ve been doing for years, but with an extra dash of excitement. No matter, the point is these looks are simple and anyone can rock them for the summer!

The Classic Pony

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Let’s start with the classic. The ponytail. Everyone’s first style they perfect. Take this classic yet may be seen as “boring” look and make it something that’s eye-catching. Working with day-old hair, add some curl and texture to your mane. Tease at the crown and tie your hair up. Take a small section and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Voila!

Space Buns

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Now that we’ve mastered the classic let’s take a jump into the future! Space buns are the way of the future in hairstyles. They have been influencing the hair trends since a certain princess ruled the galaxy and our hearts.. Even if you have short hair you can still rock some mini space buns. The key to mastering this look? Bobby pins.

Messy Braid

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This summer we want you to follow your passions, your dreams, and most importantly, we want you to have fun! That means you’re going to quite busy this summer. A busy summer means you need a hairstyle that’s quick, easy, and stylish. While you’re running out the door throw your hair into a messy braid. To switch things up stop the braid short. Follow up by letting some hair fall and frame your face. Cute and easy!


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No matter how dull your hair may be looking today, you can always dress it up. Adding a bandana, a headband, a clip, even some glitter can take a bad hair day to wanting to post a hair selfie. You can express your creativity by dressing up your hair. Show your style!

Braid & Bun

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To wrap things up we’re going to literally wrap things up. Yes, this look may look complicated but that’s what makes it so good. If you can do a french braid, then you can do this updo. Flip your head over and begin french braiding until you hit where you want your bun to sit. Gather the remaining hair and put it all into a bun. You can make the bun messy or clean. See how easy that was?

A Summer Filled With Fun!

Make this summer your own. Create new styles, try new things, and follow your passion. If your passion is hair then you should consider beginning the journey towards a career in beauty. Are you ready for a world of beauty? Contact us for more information on our program. We’re so excited for summer and all of its possibilities!

5 Movies That Give Us Prom Inspiration!

Prom is a night that is supposed to be magical, wonderful, and memorable. While life may not be quite like the movies, it doesn’t stop us from having a great time! At Elevate Salon Institute(ESI), Cleveland, we love this time of year, from the hair to the makeup, to all of our favorite prom movies! To help you get in the spirit we’ve compiled a list of movies that have our favorite prom scenes and awesome cosmetology inspiration. Continue reading

The Top Five Jobs For Cosmetologists

You have often dreamed of being a cosmetologist. It all started years ago when you spent hours trying to master that perfect dye job on your BFF and years before that when you cut yourself bangs, much to the chagrin of your mother.

While your journey toward your dream may not have been the cleanest cut, you know that it is what you want to do. You can feel it in your bones. No matter where you are in your journey toward reaching your dreams, chances are that you have thought about what careers could await you once you have finished your education. Continue reading

Meet Andy Bodine, the Owner of Elevate Salon Institute Cleveland

Andy Bodine, the owner of Elevate Salon Institutes(ESI), Cleveland, is a powerhouse in the beauty industry, having first stepped into its creative world right out of high school.

That early start has served him well, as he has made huge waves both in his career and in the industry as a whole. Having devoted much of his passions into his work as platform artist and educator for several different brands, he moved into the world of beauty schools in 2012 when he purchased Vanity School of Cosmetology.

As Vanity School of Cosmetology becomes Elevate Salon Institute, Cleveland we would like to introduce you to our amazing owner and all of the amazing things he has done over the years. Continue reading

Haunted Cleveland! Are You Brave Enough?

With Halloween only a few short weeks away, time is running out to get all of your haunted activities in!

If you love to be scared, or simply just love to seek after the supernatural, there are some amazing places in Cleveland, Ohio that you need to visit!

With a history that dates all the way back to 1779, and many buildings still standing and thriving since that time, Cleveland has long been thought as one of the most haunted spots in the United States. Continue reading

Elevate Salon Institute a L’Oreal Professionnel Beauty School

Elevate Salon Institute is excited to announce that we have joined with L’Oreal Professionnel. We have adopted L’Oreal standards of education and are becoming an integral part of an upward push in Education to ELEVATE or enhance Cosmetology Education. Part of our mission is to provide better trained, motivated salon ready- entry level professionals to the job market.