A Guide To Elevate Salon Institute in Royal Oak’s Enrollment Process

Congratulations, you’ve done the research and decided on your perfect school to continue your education. But you are probably wondering what’s next. We can help! We’ve created a guide with everything you need to know to feel prepared for starting your beauty education. Read on to get to know the steps of the enrollment process and what to expect. We can’t wait to meet you!

Learn About Enrollment Requirements

There are some prerequisites you may need to be eligible for beauty school. In order to be admitted into one of our programs, you must have a high school diploma or have passed the GED. If you don’t already have your diploma, visit Michigan’s GED site to get an idea of how to prepare.

Contact Us

Once you’ve determined that you are eligible for the program, the first step in your enrollment process is to get in touch with us. We know pursuing your education is a big deal and we are here to help. You can fill out the contact form on our site or give us a call at 248-956-3352! We can talk with you about what programs you are interested in, why you love beauty, and what you’re looking forward to learning more about in school. During your call, you can schedule your tour with us.

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Book a Tour

The next step in beginning your beauty journey is going on a tour of the Elevate Salon Institute campus in Royal Oak. A tour is one of the most important steps in the enrollment process and the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the school, our students, our programs, and to ask any questions you may have.

Check out our blog on how to prepare for your tour. We recommend bringing your support system, like a parent, along with you on the tour for encouragement. Here are some things you can look forward to on your tour:

Fill Out Your Application

At the start of your tour, we can provide you with our current enrollment application to fill out. We can help you while filling it out and answer any questions you might have.

If you attended another beauty school previously, you may want to bring along your transcripts for credit transferral. The transferral of credits depends on an individual evaluation of grades and previous training. If you aren’t sure if you are eligible for credit transferral or want to learn more, contact our admissions department.

Discover Our Programs

At Elevate Salon Institute in Royal Oak, we offer full-time cosmetology and esthetics programs. We’ll talk with you about our full and part-time programs, as well as future career opportunities that could be available to you upon graduation.

You can talk to instructors, current students, and staff to ask questions and decide which program might be the best fit. You can learn more about how long each program is and what techniques and theories you can learn in each.

We’ll also discuss start dates and help you choose the right time to begin your education. We often have classes starting at the beginning each month!

Find Out More About Financial Aid

During your tour, be sure to ask about tuition and financial aid. Paying for school is a big deal. Our financial aid administrator can work with you to explore all available financial aid options.

Our school is approved by the Department of Education and we accept federal financial aid such as scholarships and grants for students who qualify. We also offer scholarships to those who qualify. Our admissions officers will also go through the cost of tuition with you and talk about the payment plans and private loan options as well.

{Financial Aid may be available for those who qualify.}

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Schedule a Follow-Up Appointment

At the end of your tour, we’ll help you schedule a follow-up interview with the admissions office, where you can talk to our staff about the next steps. We’ll go over what program you are interested in, look at potential start dates, go over your completed application, graduation paperwork, or outside credits, and review financial aid options or qualifications. Then once your application is approved, you are ready to enroll!

Begin Your Beauty Journey!

Now that you have a better idea of what to expect throughout the enrollment process at Elevate Salon Institute in Royal Oak, contact us to get started! We can’t wait to get to know you and learn about your goals for the future! Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any questions you might have during the enrollment process. We’re here to help you achieve your beauty dreams.

And don’t forget to check out our student life page and connect with us on social media accounts to stay informed of all the awesome things we’re doing.

Important Updates Regarding COVID-19

Important Updates Regarding COVID-19

Updated 3/25/20

We are still available to help you achieve your beauty education goals! Contact us to schedule a virtual tour of the campus, speak with our financial aid advisors and get more information about our upcoming Cosmetology class, starting May 12th!



The safety of our students, guests, and staff is our highest priority, so in an effort to help slow the spread of the Novel Conoraviris (COVID-19), Elevate Salon Institute in Royal Oak is temporarily closing our doors.

We have uploaded educational resources online in order to support our students during this time. Classes will resume via distance education on 3/23/20.

If you have additional questions you can reach out at director@esiroyaloak.com.

You can refer to these government websites for general guidance on COVID-19 as well:

Please continue to check our website and social media channels for future updates.

How To Pick Your Perfect Beauty School

If you are beauty obsessed, looking for a new kind of career, or want a job you are passionate about, finding a beauty school may be your next big step. While location, programs, and affordability can all be a part of your research, your chosen beauty school should also match your future goals. This choice could be a stepping stone to your future!

Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak is dedicated to helping our students become salon-ready professionals. We hope to provide access to the highest level of skills and training that can be used in salons and spas all across the country. If you’re ready to begin your journey, take a look at what makes Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak so special.

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Learn From Instructors Who Are Dedicated to Their Craft

At Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak you can receive high-quality education from experienced instructors. Our instructors are passionate about the industry and have real experience to draw from. Not only can you study in a classroom setting, but you can also experience hands-on practice with clinical instruction.

You can apply the skills you learn in school in a spa-like environment and practice with salon-quality products in our student salon training area. You can also work with real clients so you can experience building relationships and practice on a variety of hair and skin types.

{All services are performed under the supervision of a licensed educator.}

Work With Partnered Brands

Part of becoming a salon-ready professional means working with salon-quality products. Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak has been fortunate to partner with high-end brands including:

Our students can use these products in a professional setting, preparing them for work in any type of salon or spa. This has been a wonderful opportunity to help students achieve a level of professionalism they want to see in their own work.

Get Business Training

Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak courses focus on providing real business skills to help our students become professionals ready for any salon environment. Our comprehensive curriculum includes advanced techniques by L’Oreal Professionals and marketing training in retail, social media, and building clientele.

We want our graduates to be able to manage the technical aspects of running and marketing a business. Our goals are for our student’s long-term success within the beauty industry!

Join an Accredited Institution

Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). As an accredited institution, our school’s instructors are qualified, and our curriculum and programs are regularly evaluated. You have the assurance that our school is able to provide you with skills you can use for the professional world.

We Can Help You Afford School

At Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak we can help to make your dream a reality through financial aid and affordable payment options, available to those who qualify. Our financial aid administrator can explore all available financing options for you and your chosen program to see what types of aid you may be eligible for.

Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak is approved by the Department of Education to offer financial aid. Apply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) through the government site to see what you may be eligible for. Our school code is #041211.

We also provide a variety of scholarship opportunities that may be available to you. You can apply through our online form and talk to one of our representatives to walk through all options specific to you and your needs.

{Financial Aid may be available for those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information, visit www.esiroyaloak.com}

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Become Salon-Ready With Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak

If you are ready to take the next step, check out our programs or fill out our form to book a tour. On a tour of our campus you can talk to our admissions office, instructors, and current students to see, first-hand, what makes us stand out. And if you’re ready to begin your beauty education, you can begin filling out an enrollment application or speak to our financial aid office.

Invest in your future and discover an elevated education in beauty. Let Elevate Salon Institute Royal Oak help you on your way to becoming a salon-ready professional!

How To Build Your Professional Beauty Portfolio

As you begin your journey into the world of beauty, you may hear mention of building a portfolio. But what is a beauty portfolio? How do you create one? And why is it important to have one?

At Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Royal Oak, we strive to educate salon-ready professionals and hope to provide the tools our students need to succeed. Below, we’ve outlined some of the best ways to go about building a beauty portfolio for the first time and what might be helpful to include in your own.

Why Do You Need a Beauty Portfolio?

Portfolios are important to beauty professionals for many reasons. This is the place where all your past work is housed and on display for anyone to see. Your portfolio is essentially your resume to show clients and future employers what you’ve achieved and what work you may have specialized in.

A portfolio is usually made up of photographs and may be composed of headshots, a series of one client, or a series of many different clients. It could also include close-up shots of details in makeup, hair, or nail designs.

The goal of a portfolio is to showcase past work, experience, and skills you have gained in the industry. Having a portfolio can also help you control the direction of your career to some degree, as you can edit and curate it to move into the types of work you want to do.

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How To Build a Portfolio

Today, having an online version of your portfolio is just as important as creating a hard copy. You may want to think about creating both types as you move into a more professional space.

A printed copy portfolio is just like it sounds, a photo album filled with examples of your work. It is usually kept in a binder with plastic covers to protect your photos. You may hear this type of portfolio referred to as a “book” more than a portfolio. It is important to take with you when you apply for new jobs or when consulting with a new client who may want examples of previous work.

An online portfolio can be built a few different ways. You can create your own website or even use a portfolio template site like Format to help get you started. Creating your own website isn’t as hard as it sounds either. You can use software like Wix.com and Squarespace.com to create a small biography, a gallery of photos, and a contact page. Upload your portfolio to your LinkedIn account, Instagram, or anywhere else you connect with clients or professionals.

What To Include

Your portfolio should speak to you and your own unique style. Start taking pictures early on so you can pick and choose from your best ones. Always start with one of your best photos. You want to grab your client’s attention right away!

Include a variety of styles to show your versatility in what you can create. If you have a bridal updo shot, a more editorial makeup look, or before-and-after pictures, be sure to incorporate them all to highlight what you can do. Of course, if you know your specific client, you can change out pictures to develop a focus for what they might like to see.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the number of images you can include. A good rule is to stay around 10 to 15 photographs. You’ll be able to include a lot more images online, but be sure they have their own categories or form of organization so looking through a gallery isn’t overwhelming.

You want to show your client what you can do, while leaving them wanting more. Be sure each image shows off your unique style so they know what makes you a special find.

How To Organize a Portfolio

Your portfolio should be organized in some way that makes it easy to follow. If you can, group similar photos into categories. This might look like:

  • Updos
  • Braiding techniques
  • Cutting
  • Coloring
  • Nail art

You have the freedom to organize your book or online galleries any way that makes sense. The important thing to remember is to have a flow, so as you flip through, you can easily see the style and variety of techniques used.

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Tried and True Tips

A few other elements you might consider adding to your portfolio might be reviews and recommendations. We all know how much we rely on the reviews before buying a product online, and the same is true of a salon or service. If you have any customers who left a nice review online or shared and tagged you in a photo of their hair, take a screenshot and add these to your social proof.

Be sure all your photographs are taken with a high-quality camera and are printed at a high resolution. If you are just starting out, see if you can invest in a photo shoot or professional photos. These can add a lot to a new portfolio and can be a stepping stone to helping it grow.

At the back of your book you may also want to include a resume and business cards.

Headstart Your Portfolio With an Education in Beauty

At ESI Royal Oak, we are dedicated to helping our students get an education that can prepare salon-ready professionals. If you are interested in elevating your education or career, check out our courses or book a tour with us. Our admissions team would love to answer any questions you have and introduce you to ESI Royal Oak. Contact us for more information.

Our Mission.

At Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Royal Oak we’re dedicated to giving our students an education that can help them become successful in today’s beauty industry. From the moment students start researching our school to after they graduate, our main priority is helping them feel supported and encouraged as they pursue their passion! Read below to find out more about our school and what makes our education so special.

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An Open Letter to a Future Beauty School Student

Dear Future Beauty School Student,

It’s been a year since I was in your shoes, but I remember exactly what it was like. There is nothing more exciting and terrifying than starting a new education that will change the course of your life. Some of my classmates knew that beauty school was in their futures since they were kids, but that wasn’t me.

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Pick up some cool summer gear and support a great cause.  From June 1st to August 1st we will be selling a fun and versatile summer stretchy scarf or “buff” like the ones you’ve seen on the tv show Survivor.  They can be worn more than a dozen different ways and are the perfect summer accessory!  They only cost $5 and all of the proceeds from your purchase go toward support of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan. Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon is a local grassroots non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides wigs and support services at no charge to children and young adults experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other disorders. Their wig recipients, also known as Ambassadors, range in age from 3 to 18, and are located throughout Michigan. Get them for you, a friend, and the kids and know that you are doing your part to support a great cause.


ESI Royal Oak is running a fun contest that could make you “Insta-famous” and hook you up with a fabulous prize.   Simply follow the steps below for a chance to win the grand prize of a Salon and Spa package of service and products valuing over $300!

The contest is simple:

  • Purchase a ESI “Buff” at the school
  • Take a fun, creative selfie prominently featuring you wearing the buff. (keep the images appropriate please 😊 )
  • Post it to your Instagram account using these two hashtags: #esiinthebuff & #esiroyaloak
  • Post your picture by August 1st
  • Check back with the school, our social media accounts, and/or website to see if you won and to claim your prize.






CONTEST DETAILS: Employees, currently enrolled students, and direct account contacts from vendors/companies affiliated with the school are ineligible to win the grand prize.  All posts need to be of an appropriate nature. Lewd, profane, discriminatory, or inappropriate posts will be disqualified.  Winner must claim prize by September 1st, 2019 or it will be awarded to the next selected post winner.  Contact this school with any additional questions you may have.  The use of the word “buff” is a play on words as well as the colloquial, generic term for a stretchy, tubular-sewn scarf and not meant to imply the product being sold for charity is the trademark brand BUFF®. 

Your Guide to Cosmetology

Updated December 2, 2019

Trends change every season, but a career in cosmetology is not going out of style! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in cosmetology jobs is higher than the average growth for other jobs. An education in cosmetology can set you up for a future with many opportunities to grow. 

At Elevate Salon Institute (ESI) Royal Oak, we want to support future beauty professionals. Whether you already know all about cosmetology or you’re just starting to think about a career in beauty, this guide to cosmetology is a great place to learn more about it and get some questions answered!

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