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5 beauty practices you need to follow

Posted on: January 25th, 2018

Whether you’re a beauty guru or complete novice, we’re all guilty of slacking on our beauty regimen. The thing about your beauty routine is that it needs to be just that – routine. Changes in your skin and appearance don’t happen overnight; they take time to appear if you follow a habitual routine and good habits. Now is the time to implement these 5 simple beauty practices so you can look and feel your very best.


SPF: We all know it’s true that SPF is super important, right? You’ve graduated from the days of your mom slathering Coppertone on every inch of your body; you’ve made it through the baby oil and tanning bed days (thank GOD), but now what? Regardless of the weather, you need to be wearing an SPF lotion or makeup product on your face every day to protect your skin from age and sun spots and wrinkles, not to mention disease. Choose a light-weight formula that can be easily applied under your makeup, and let it soak in while you brush your teeth and get dressed, before applying your makeup.


Don’t overbuy products: Raise your hand if you have a handful of beauty products you never use. Now raise your hand if you have a whole drawer. Yup, we thought so. Instead of getting sucked into pretty packaging every time you hit the makeup aisle, take careful inventory of the products you already have before buying more. Toss products you never use instead of hoarding them; they’re just taking up prime real estate in your makeup arsenal, I don’t care how much you spent! Which leads to…


Check expiration dates: Gasp, that’s right, beauty products and cosmetics have expiration dates. Use this Cosmetic Calculator to check your products’ shelf lives. According to the website, “Cosmetic products which shelf life is less than 30 months must be marked with ‘Best before’ date according to common regulations in the most of the countries. Such products can no longer meet safety requirements as soon as expiry date has been passed.”


Kick bad habits: Hopefully we don’t even have to say it, but no, no, NO smoking. Okay, glad that’s out of the way. In that same vein, drinking too much alcohol, especially sugary drinks, wreaks havoc on your skin. Make sure you get at least 6 hours of sleep every night, drink plenty of water daily, and keep your hands off your face (no, seriously, don’t even think about it). Finally, no matter how tired you feel, stick to your nightly skin routine, or at the very least, wash your face.


No excuses: We get it – excuses are easy. Sometimes we really just are that tired to wash our face; that pimple is just that tempting to pop; the wine is just too good to stop at two glasses. But by making a true commitment to your skin by sticking to a routine, your current and future self will thank you.

How to change your career to cosmetology

Posted on: December 17th, 2017

We see it every day – you’re bored in your office job but feel stuck. You’re looking for fulfillment in a career outside the home. You’re looking for a way out of your career and into a new one, the one you’ve always dreamed of, but you’re uncertain if you can make that leap. You love beauty but don’t know how you’ll make it in the world of cosmetology.

Good news for you – not only can you make that leap, you’re going to crush it. And we’ll make sure of it.

We firmly believe that you should never quit your daydream, but what steps do you need to actually change to a career in cosmetology?

Are you ready for a career change?

In the past, people stayed at one job their whole lives but now, it’s the norm to change careers several times. So are you ready for a career change? Here are some signs that you might be ready.


  1. You’re bored at your current job.
  2. You feel unfulfilled.
  3. You’re stressed in your position.
  4. Your talent is not recognized or used.
  5. You’re unhappy with a low salary.
  6. You miss meaningful interactions with people.
  7. You’re lacking a work/home balance.
  8. You have a wish to break free of a 9-5 schedule.


How to change careers to cosmetology:


Have faith: making a career change is exciting…but also scary. You’re bound to have endless questions about your future and even doubts about yourself – can I do it? Can I be successful? Will I fit in? These are all valid questions, but need confidence and faith in yourself that you CAN do it. And the educators and peers in your program will support you every step of the way.


Remember your “why”: make a list, an actual written list of why you want to change your career to cosmetology. Make it detailed. Make it personal. Make it real  by writing it down and put it in a place you see it every day – hang it on your fridge, tape it on your bathroom mirror, or place it in your planner. Remind yourself of your “why” and keep on pushing through until you crush your goals.


Contact admissions: now it’s time to take the first step to your exciting future – contact admissions to get more information about the program, and browse the school’s website to learn everything you can about the training, teachers, testimonials, and career opportunities.


If you have a passion for beauty, switching careers to one in the beauty industry will be incredibly rewarding. This industry is constantly growing, which is great news for you because it means there is a constant need for qualified professionals, and a beauty career gives you opportunities to advance your career as far as you’d like – no more being stuck in a job with nowhere to go.


Ever thought of managing or even owning your own business? How about teaching and mentoring others? Well good news – these are all possibilities for you that are completely within your reach.


So what are you waiting for? Start chasing your dream career today.



About Educators of Beauty:

At Educators of Beauty we are family owned and student focused. Our goal is to launch you into the career of your dreams equipped with the confidence, technical skills and business savvy to achieve financial success. We are fun, flexible but structure all wrapped up in a little heart, hustle and hairspray.





Tips for Working With Brides

Posted on: May 5th, 2017

Weddings are a life changing experience. It is a day that is looked forward to by little girls and boys from the moment they know what a wedding is. They play dress-up and dream about the tiny details from the the shoes to the dress. Every aspect is planned out. As a hairstylist it could be your job to make sure that one of the most important aspects is in place: the hair.
Working with brides can be some of the most trying, but rewarding, work a hairstylist can do. If you are heading into this competitive marketplace here are some tips to not only help make the work easier, but to work with brides on their best and worst days.

  • Trial Fun!

    Bridal hair tipsAbout a month before the big day you are going to want to sit down with your bride and talk about what her visions are for her look, and most importantly plan any sorts of dye jobs and cuts that will be needed before hand. Try a style or two until you find one your bride loves, but don’t forget to time yourself so you know how much time to plan on the big day.

  • It’s All in the Details

    Bridal hair tipsSpeaking of that trial run, make sure your bride brings any accessories with her that she will be using. From clips to veils, you will need it all, as what will be used is going to impact your style, and how it will look. In addition, ask your bride to bring a white blouse with her as it will help her (and you) to envision how things will look on the day.

  • Work Out The Fine Print

    Once you have settled on the brides’ perfect style, it’s time to work out those wedding day plans. Determine if she is coming to you, or you to her. Are you doing just her hair, or the entire wedding party’s? All of this is important and needs to be hammered out so as to avoid bumps in the road.

  • Prepare For The Hurricane

    Bridal hair tips

  • The day is here! While you have planned and prepped, you still need to be prepared for anything to arise, from not having enough bobby pins, to needing to re-plan the entire do on the fly. Pack extras and emergency supplies to ensure you are ready for anything that comes up. Hair might not be the only thing that is falling apart, however,
  • Care For Your Bride

    Bridal hair tipsNo matter how much planning goes into a wedding, they are stressful, and having a bride that is a little frayed at the seams is to be expected. Outbursts, tears, and even some screaming is a possibility, but remember not to take things personally. It doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile either and bring a little something, like a small gift or relaxing music, to help ease the tension.

Get ready to spend amazing days with some amazing people as you witness lives changing and growing. Wedding season is here, and with a few bobby pins and a lot of hairspray you can make it amazing for a blushing bride near you.



If you are a bride looking for a gorgeous style, consider scheduling a consultation with one of our amazing students.

Get Ready For Beauty School! Everything You Need to Know.

Posted on: March 24th, 2017

Welcome to beauty school!
You are finally here, after years of dreaming and wishing and planning. After hours, if not days, of researching local beauty schools, and going on multiple tours, and sneaking in for shampoos and blowouts in the student salons – you are ready to enroll. You are ready to start this next step in this amazing journey and begin the path toward the career you have chosen.
But what do you do now? And more importantly – what do you need to do to get ready? Don’t worry. While it may seem overwhelming to start – it’s much simpler than you think.
We’ve got your back.


apply for beauty school
If you haven’t already, this is the first step to beginning this journey. Beyond tours and deciding on which school to attend; you have to apply, and part of that is knowing the process towards acceptance.
Each school is different, and sometimes it can be as easy as having a high school diploma or GED. Here at Educators of Beauty our enrollment process is a little bit more involved, with a required interview and simple knowledge test. Knowing this process and the required documentation that goes along with it can make this entire process go smoothly and get your from interested to accepted before our next start date.

Get Your Financials In Line

cosmetology cost
Bottom line: school costs money. And that cost can vary from school to school, from program to program. Make sure you understand the cost requirement up front and that you are fully aware of any financial aid requirements your school may have. Educators of Beauty participates in the Federal FAFSA program for those who qualify,
and that is a great resource for many students. But sit down with your advisor before hand to get all the facts, and make sure it is the best choice for you.

Be First Day Ready!

ready for cosmetology school
Just like you carefully picked out your outfits for every first day from kindergarten to senior year, so should you here. Just make sure you are aware of any dress codes and requirements. You don’t want to get stuck without non-slip shoes on your first day!

Have The Time of Your Life

fun at beauty school
This is what you want to do. This is your dream. And here you are taking the first steps. It will be hard and there might be days you want to pull your hair out, or days you accidentally dye it pink (not such a bad taboo anymore). And yes, you WILL cut yourself, sometimes more than once in a day. But get ready for the ride of your life! You are one step closer to becoming a style-therapist, a color pro, a scissor queen, a beauty maven.
You are becoming a cosmetologist.

How far into your journey are you? Are you ready to get started? Contact our admissions department today to schedule your tour, and discover the amazing culture at Educators of Beauty.

It’s Time to Get Prom Ready

Posted on: March 17th, 2017

Prom season is upon us. Dresses have gone up in store windows, the limos are getting booked, plans are being made and promposals are in full swing.
If you haven’t found yourself plunged into the craziness that is prom preparation, there is still time to dive in head first. If you have been avoiding it altogether, however, we have put together a checklist that will help you get through it all with ease, and create the prom of your dreams. No matter if you are ready to party, or ready to run and hide, prom is here.
Let’s get started.



Plan. Plan. Plan.

planning for prom
Prom is often associated with being the biggest event of your high school career. An event so big you will reminisce about it for years with friends, and embarrass your kids with the regalia in years to come. As with any event of this magnitude, planning is the first step to making it great.
Planning can be as simple as writing down ideas in notebook. If you need something more, however, using a website like Pinterest or WeHeartIt can help you to organize your thoughts visually, and maybe even find some amazing dress designs that you hadn’t even thought of before.


Grab Your Dream Date

Prom date
Even before you have started planning I am sure you have already been lost to daydreams of the perfect prom night, and the perfect person you want to spend it with. No matter who they be, don’t be afraid to take control and ask them – don’t let gender stereotypes and social norms stop you from creating the night you want.


Don Your Best Dress

prom shoes
Beyond planning, beyond your date, the most important thing in your prom planning adventure is what you will be wearing. No matter if it’s a dress or a tux, it’s going to take time to find the perfect one, order it, and even get the alterations done. Make sure you shop early so as to avoid any pitfalls, and risk being dress-less on the big day.


Let’s Coordinate!

Prom Party
Now that you have your dress, tux, date, and/or group, you are ready to dig in and fully plan. Prom is so much more that just the clothes after all, and this is when the fine details begin to fall into place. Get together with your prom party and start to plan out your dream evening, from limos to that new sushi place you’ve been eyeing for months. Don’t forget hair and make-up appointment either – it’s all important! Plus, you can hit some of the local schools for an appointment in the student salon, save some money and still look your best.

Now is the time to get it all together, and don’t forget to make your reservations!


Prep and Play!

prom spa

The day is finally here, and all that is left is the finer details. Make your perfect prom into the perfect weekend and invite your girls over for pizza and facials. Just don’t stay up too late, you need your beauty sleep after all.

Pack the Essentials

prom clutch
Before you head out the door grab the clutch you bought to perfectly match your dress and fill with everything you will need. From safety pins to that strap that just won’t stay put, blotting papers, and bobby pins for stray hairs, you don’t want to be caught without. If you aren’t sure what to put in your emergency kit, check out our checklist below.


You’ve made it.

You are ready for prom. Everything is in place, and the perfect night is ready to be had. Whether you started out as a hot mess, or an excited participant, this is sure to be the night of your life.

Just for you, we have made a checklist to help you get through this hectic time!


Why Continuing Education is Important to Cosmetologists

Posted on: February 16th, 2017

Educators of Beauty offers Cosmetology CE courses. You might be wondering what that means, and we’re here to tell you! Cosmetology CE courses are relevant to current cosmetologists and cosmetology instructors. If you’ve yet to get your cosmetology license, these courses don’t apply to you. However, we do offer cosmetology courses that can help you get your license. Click the image below to find out more!

Continuing Education is Important Because:

You Should Always Want to Learn

As a beauty professional, you should always be seeking to learn more. In this industry, techniques and trends are constantly changing. If you refuse to learn, you might just get left behind!

It’s the Law

According to the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, continuing education is required to renew your license. This applies to several beauty professions, but we want to remind our cosmetologists and cosmetology instructors of its importance.

It’s Fun!

Learning is fun! Many cosmetologists and educators love creating, innovating, and being completely unique. To stay on the cutting edge, you’ve got to love what you do. Technical skills can only take you so far. Your passion for your craft is what can make you GREAT!

You Want to Be at the Top of Your Game

The more you know! If you can learn new services, you can potentially offer new services to them. That means you could grow your clientele faster than before, and it could potentially mean you can increase your earnings. You can also make yourself more valuable to employers this way.

Many employers like to see potential employees going the extra mile. You can really prove your dedication and love of cosmetology if you go out of your way to learn more.

Where Do I Get a Continuing Education?

Right here at Educators of Beauty! We offer courses at all three of our locations. We are a State Approved Cosmetology CE Sponsor. Our courses are approved by the Illinois Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology Board.

Our goal is to help cosmetologists and instructors renew their licenses in as little time as possible! Interested in attending our courses? Contact us today!

5 Weird Beauty Hacks That Actually Work

Posted on: February 15th, 2017

Are you looking for ways to cheat the beauty system and hack your way through your routine? Check out these 5 weird hacks that totally work!

1. Craft Glue Manicure

Tired of getting polish all over your fingers? Don’t fret! You don’t have to splurge on salon-quality, peel off paint. Paint craft glue around your cuticles to prevent mistakes. Once it’s dry, you can just peel them off!

2. Loosen Up Your Mascara

If you’ve found yourself in a situation where your mascara is a bit drier than you like, heat up some water in a mug. Let your mascara tube soak for a minute. This will help the product loosen up and allow for easier application.

hardened mascara

3. Matte Your Lipstick

Is your favorite lipstick glossy? Are you looking for a more mattified look? Use a 1 ply facial tissue, place it over your closed lips, and use a fluffy brush to add setting powder over the top. This will change your glossed lips into matte lips!

Alternatively, you can tap your setting powder right onto your lips.

4. Curl Your Lashes Faster

Everyone loves fuller, curlier lashes. If you’re looking to curl yours faster with a longer hold, try heating up your lash curler with a blowdryer first. CAUTION: Wait a moment for it to cool down. You don’t want to burn your eyes!



5. Dry Your Nails Quicker

A smudged mani is not one to be had. To dry your polish faster, paint a few thin coats on, and then dunk your hands into a bowl of ice water. The cold can help the lacquer harden.
ice water

Love these hacks? Make sure to follow us on social media to see more! Learn more about our cosmetology program here!


The Right Kind of Resolution

Posted on: December 12th, 2016

It’s that time of year again when New Year’s resolutions are all the hype. From gym memberships to beach bod goals, everyone is in search of the right resolution to make their upcoming year their best yet. This year, dig a little deeper and make some resolutions that will make you feel beautiful…on the inside! Beauty should not only be skin deep, so we have 6 New Year’s resolutions that have nothing to do with your appearance but will make you feel as beautiful as ever.

Stop Worrying What Other People Think

It may sound cliche but it’s important to embrace the skin you’re in and strut your stuff! You will never be able to control other people’s opinions but, you will drive yourself crazy trying. Self-loathing is too exhausting, so cut it out.

Give More Compliments

Does your coworker always seem to have the cutest shoes? TELL HER! It will make her day, and who knows maybe she will even spill all her hacks to finding cheap shoes.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Have you ever heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side?” This rings true to all realms of life. The next time you happen to be comparing yourself to others, take a step back and realize that people are probably comparing themselves to you too. So look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful simply because you are YOU.

Give Back

One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to make others feel good! Give back this year by lifting others up and volunteering! There are tons of volunteering opportunities in Rockford, Peru, and Sterling! Be a role model, check out the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois here and learn the different ways that you can influence someone’s life. You can give back to those who gave to our country by volunteering with the Veteran’s Drop-in Center in Rockford, visit their volunteer page to see how you can help. The Sterling YMCA helps bring people together and gives them the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Click here to learn how you can be a part of it all.

Laugh As Much As Possible

And we mean really laugh, the deep belly laughs that make you do that little snort that makes you laugh even harder. Something that is really important is the ability to laugh at yourself. Sure, tripping up the stairs on your way into the office was pretty embarrassing but you have to admit that it was a little funny too. Laugh it off and don’t let it ruin your day!

Learn Something New

Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Make a promise to yourself this year to expand your knowledge and skills. Do you have a niche for beauty and think that it’s something you’d like to learn more about? Check out our programs page to learn about getting an education in cosmetology.

Do you have some resolutions of your own? Tell us in the comments!

Are Night Classes Right for You? Quiz!

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016

Have you ever thought about taking night classes? Our quiz will tell you if an evening/night class is your perfect fit!

If you’re interested in learning more about our night classes, check out our blog, and make sure to see our cosmetology program page. Ready to begin your educational journey? Contact us!

Nighttime Cosmetology Classes and Their Benefits

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016

At Educators of Beauty, we realize that students are all unique individuals. Not everyone can work on a daytime schedule or in a traditional classroom. That’s why we offer a student-involved curriculum and nighttime classes for cosmetology hopefuls.

If you know you don’t fit into the traditional, daytime classroom, nighttime classes may be for you. (If you don’t know, make sure to take our quiz!) Here are a few of the benefits to enrolling in a nighttime cosmetology class with Educators of Beauty.

A Diverse Classroom

In a nighttime class you can meet people in all walks of life. The students in the night classes are a lot like you: a non-traditional learner.

More Flexibility

With evening hours, if you wish to keep a full-time day job, you may be able to. A lot of our students also find it easier to arrange childcare during the evening hours.


One of the struggles some students have in morning classes is the inability to wake up! Not all students are morning people, and that’s OK. Nighttime courses allow you to have time to wake up and exercise your brain before class.

A Change

If you want to take a break from the norm, try a night class. Evening classes can change up your schedule from what you are used to. Variety is the spice of life!

Our nighttime schedule goes as follows:
The first part of the program, held in a classroom, will be Monday – Thursday 4:30 PM -9:30 PM. For the second half of the program, where students will work in the student salon, will be Monday – Thursday 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM and Saturday 8 AM – 3:30 PM. This course can be completed in 14 months!

To find out more about our nighttime classes, visit our program information page. If you’re ready to take the leap and apply for our evening cosmetology class, visit our admissions page.