Meet Our Executive Director Joshua Kane!

The staff at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI) Royal Oak is one big family of people who love beauty and education. A key member of our “family” is the school’s executive director, Joshua Kane. His devotion to helping students succeed makes our school a welcoming and supportive place to learn. Without his knowledge and positive influence, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Joshua Kane at the front of ESI Royal Oak.

A Path To a Career in Beauty

Josh’s decision to pursue beauty was inspired by the decision of a friend. While they were both attending traditional college, this friend decided to quit and attend beauty school. “I received a haircut by her and fell in love with how much fun she was having,” Josh says. “It was an amazing time. She was laughing and looked so relaxed.” He had always loved beauty and ultimately decided to follow her path into cosmetology. After graduating from cosmetology school, Josh worked for three different salons, continuously moving up and searching for more responsibilities.

Why Beauty Education?

During his beauty career, Josh started working for a franchise group of walk-in salons, where he managed a team of 12-15 hairdressers. He quickly realized that he felt the happiest when he was onboarding new talent and showing people the ropes. Between his talent for managing and growing a team and a love for education, Josh decided to leave his place behind the chair and enter the beauty school system as an educator. He had received his educator’s license earlier in his career but hadn’t had a chance to use it yet. When he started a part-time job as an educator, while still working in a salon, he discovered how much he truly loved teaching students. “I realized that delivering an education was where I needed to be,” he says. “I loved every minute of being in the school system and seeing the students and educators at work.” After five years behind the chair, Josh left his salon job and moved into a full-time education position as a director of a school.

The ESI Royal Oak Difference

Josh became a part of our dedicated team at ESI Royal Oak on October 24th and since then he’s become an intrinsic part of our family. He recognizes that the passionate and like-minded support staff, educators, students, and guests make ESI Royal Oak an incredible place to learn and grow. “Everything I do, I do for my students,” Josh says. “I work one on one daily with all of my students to ensure their educational needs are met and that we are providing [them with] the highest quality education every day.” Seeing students flourish is Josh’s favorite part of directing a beauty school. He loves seeing bright-eyed, eager students who want to soak in all the knowledge they can. “Their journey excites me! I simply cannot wait for them to begin their career,” he says excitedly. “Sometimes the journey is not always easy, but it is worth it!”

Joshua Kane in a black and white photo at the salon.

Make ESI Royal Oak a Part of Your Journey

Want to work with dedicated beauty professionals like Josh? Enroll in our cosmetology program! We are always excited to welcome passionate, creative students to our school. Contact ESI Royal Oak today to learn more.

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