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Halloween Costume How-to

Posted on: September 27th, 2017

So you have taken our quiz and been guided to the most epic of Halloween costumes. What now?

You create the most amazing costume, of course!

Don’t know where to begin? We have some easy to follow tutorials and ideas that will help to get you started, all perfectly matched to your quiz results!

It’s the perfect time of year to flex your creative muscle, let’s get building!

Let Out Your Inner Roar

animal based costumes

We all have a little beast inside of us, and if you are eager to let yours out, this halloween might be the best time! From lions, to tigers, to bears (oh my!) there is no end of options. And, since you can be as obscure as you want, you can stand out! An Axolotl costume may take work, but it will be worth it.

If you need some animal inspiration that goes all the way from Ahh! To Aww! Check out this post from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things.

Bring on the Puns

A holy cow, a ceiling fan, a deviled egg, a nap queen, and a copy cat walk into a bar… #punnyhalloween

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If your wit is already exploding out of you, then you will have no problem tapping into your creativity to create the perfect pun related costume.

The key is to take everything literally and don’t be afraid of the groan.

You could be a holy cow, radio head, nickelback, deviled egg, or an endless variety of others. These costumes are quick, simple, and cheap.

Need some inspiration and how tos? Buzzfeed, has your back.

Let’s Get Scary

Break out the fake blood and clown makeup, things are about to get scary.

If you are looking for a frightening costume this year, there are definitely enough options to send anyone running. And if you are willing to work with prosthetics and liquid skin, you may even scare yourself.

If you are looking for something easy, however, give this quick Carrie look a try. Just don’t forget the dead pan scare that brings this character to life.

Need more of a challenge? The website Make: has some great tutorials.

It’s a Group Effort

lego people

Creating the killer themed costume plan for you and your friends doesn’t have to take months, or break the bank.

First, decide as a group what epic television show, or movie, or toy, or whatever that you want to be and then go to town!

The sky is really the limit here.

Check out this post by Elizabeth Hoyt for inspiration with some of the craziest and best themed costumes that we’ve seen.


With all these amazing ideas – now you can easily get creating!

From everyone here at Educators of Beauty, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween, full of all the fun, candy, and haunts that you can handle!

Happy Halloween!

Which Halloween Costume Fits Your Spooky Soul?

Posted on: September 19th, 2017

Halloween is almost here, which means it is almost time to decide on your costume. What will it be? Witch? Goblin? Cleopatra? If you have visited one of the many Halloween specialty stores that have popped up, then you are well aware that there are hundreds of choices for you this Halloween!

If you are overwhelmed about the costume decision before you, we can help! Take our handy Halloween quiz to help you sort through the noise and make your Halloween costume the best it can be, and perfectly fitting to the spook inside of you.

Which Halloween Costume Fits You?

We hope you have a great Halloween season, and a safe Halloween night! From everyone here at Educators of Beauty… stay BOOtiful!

Don’t quit your daydream

Posted on: September 18th, 2017

We hear it all the time when we’re kids – what do you want to be when you grow up? We’re encouraged to strive for whatever makes our hearts content without thinking about logic or practicality.

Then something changes; soon artists, writers, designers, and dreamers are inundated with the notion that you must follow a traditional path, leading to a “safe” job. The creatives lose their dreams as they’re rerouted into a conventional journey to a four-year college that spits them into a world of business. And this world isn’t a bad one, but it’s not your world.

Well guess what – if you’re a creative artist with a passion for beauty, you not only can but should pursue your daydream, no matter where you are in life. Let’s reignite that childhood spark and tell the world, “hey, I CAN make an incredible living do what I love.” So take that, world.

Take Janice, for example. Janice came to us upon completing her four-year degree, after eight arduous years in good old corporate America. While this was a great path for many of her peers, it wasn’t hers. Through each year of education and working, she knew it wasn’t right; while everyone else was settling into their career, she didn’t feel the same way. The nagging feeling of settling didn’t sit well with her. But she was already almost a decade into working, surely it was too late for a career switch…

Or was it?

Janice turned that unrelenting feeling into action and decided to turn her passion and hobby into an actual career that wasn’t settling. Now, she not only makes money doing what she loves, but she has an excitement and spark in her life that she had been missing for so long.

What’s the biggest takeaway? Without trying to sound like a cliched motivational poster, it’s never too late to take a chance on yourself, because guess what? If you don’t, nobody else will. Don’t let life get in the way of what you love – just because a traditional path is right for some people, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

Seriously girls and guys – this is your LIFE. Take control of it, and guess what? You’ll not only make your life a million times brighter, but you’ll make the world more beautiful while you’re at it.

The Perfect Guide To Hair

Posted on: August 16th, 2017


What kind of hair do you have? What kind of hair do you want to have?

If you are unsure, or are thinking about making a change, here is the complete guide to hair types, lengths, and styles.


Educators of Beauty - Guide to Hair


Are you looking for a change? Contact our student salon today and let us help you create something amazing.

Sterling, Illinois – So Much To Do, So Little Time

Posted on: August 15th, 2017

Sterling, Illinois is known for its association with manufacturing and metalworking, and though that may be one aspect of our city, Sterling has a lot to offer its citizens besides steel! In addition to many parks and outdoor activities, our city has plenty that keeps us busy throughout the year that we often find ourselves saying “so much to do, so little time!”

Citywide Events

With a population of only fifteen thousand, Sterling certainly doesn’t seem like a small town. Sterling definitely provides us with plenty to keep us busy. No matter what time of year it is you can certainly find something for everyone.

Even though summer is winding down, we can’t leave out the amazing summer events that fill our beautifully warm nights.

If you’re looking for a music festival we have a few to choose from!

You can go to the Municipal Band Concert under the stars every Wednesday night and enjoy a lovely night of free orchestra music and company!


Grandon Civic Center


We are also lucky enough to enjoy a farmer’s market! No longer are farmer’s markets just for summer; our awesome market is open year round! Located in our historic Twin Cities produce building, you can come on Saturday between 8 AM and noon for some amazing local produce, art, and pastries.

If your interests lie more with cars you should check out our annual car show! Every May you can see all the awesome varieties of cars that visit from “rat rods to classics.”


twin city produce company


We really have something for everyone. Throughout the year you can find events like our Autumn Fest, outdoor movies and fireworks, Festival of Trees, ice cream socials, blood drives, reading groups, and more! To check out a comprehensive calendar of all Sterling’s yearly events, you can visit Sterling’s events calendar here.


civic center amphitheater

Life in Sterling

Still looking for things to do? We have plenty to do around town in addition to some of our bigger events. Our Historic Main Street offers great places for entertainment, food, and religious gatherings. You can visit one of our almost 20 different parks, or explore Sterling’s services and businesses here! Here are a few of our favorite local places.

Angelo’s Pizzeria

angeloa's pizza


Angelo’s is a community favorite! With lots of pizza and pasta options, you’ll see Angelo’s packed on any day of the week!

Deer Valley Golf Club

Deer Valley Golf Club


The Deer Valley Golf Club is a great place to golf a few rounds, host an event, or just get a great sandwich!

Corner Gallery Art Studio

Corner Gallery Art Studio


Come on in and improve your artistic abilities, or just come check out some of the local work! At Corner Gallery, they feature all things art!

Timberlake Playhouse


Though it’s just a little outside of Sterling, we love to attend shows at this lovely outdoor theatre. Look for upcoming shows here.

Educators of Beauty

Educators of Beauty staff and school


Of course we had to mention our school! We offer great services whether you’re interested in attending our classes, or a cut and color ! Come in for skin treatments or haircuts, and you check out our cosmetology program here.

You’ll Love Life with Us!

We hope that you’ve found a few things that capture your interest in Sterling. We love it here, and we know you will too! If you’re searching for a cosmetology school, look no further than Sterling, Illinois! During your time with us, our students learn about hair design and coloring, waxing and nail services, and makeup artistry. You’ll love your life with us at Educators of Beauty and you’ll love your life in Sterling even more!

Federal Financial Aid: Keep Beauty School Possible

Posted on: August 1st, 2017

Cosmetology School Is Not Out Of Reach

While we are not screaming that statement from the rooftops, we probably should. After all, it’s important, but most people don’t know it.
The biggest things that keeps people from pursuing their dreams of becoming a cosmetologist are financial roadblocks.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
No matter if you are living paycheck to paycheck, or simply don’t have enough in savings, you can make your cosmetology dreams come true thanks to some of the many options that we have available at Educators of Beauty.

Beauty school financial aid

Federal Financial Aid

We are proud to be able to offer financial aid to students who qualify. As an accredited school approved by the United States Department of Education, we are able to offer Title VI funds to our students. Known as financial aid or student loans to much of the public, the government offers several different types of aid to students.

    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loans

      These loans operate much the same way as standard loans. However, while you are enrolled in school, or while the loans are in deferment, the interest is paid by the federal government. This can be a huge help once you begin paying on your loans as the amount owed could be greatly reduced. However, an approved student can only borrow so much of these types of loans, which makes it important to speak to a financial advisor and borrow wisely.

    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

      Different than the subsidized loans, these loans have no assistance from the federal government with the interest being the full responsibility of the student. While that can impact the repayment later, you can make payments on all of these loans while you are in school, decreasing your overall interest and repayment amount.

    • Federal Direct PLUS Loans

      PLUS loans are federal loans that are taken out by the parents of dependant undergraduate students. If you are under 18 and your parents are interested in helping pay for your school, this is an option that you should look into.

    • Pell Grants

      Different than loans, the Federal Pell Grant is distributed to qualifying students based on need, in varying amounts per year. Although this grant does have a lifetime gap, it does not need to be repaid, meaning that depending on the qualifying amount you could see a significant amount of your schooling cost paid for.

How to Apply for Federal Student Aid

apply for beauty school

Once you have decided to attend the beauty school of your dreams, there are a few steps you should take to prepare for your first day and get all of your financial aid in place.

      • Sit Down With an Advisor

        Once you have applied for your chosen school make sure to schedule a time to sit down with the financial aid advisor. Even if you feel confident in your knowledge of financial aid, it is important to meet with your advisor and make sure everything is completed and in place. This can help to make sure you will not only get the full amount of aid possible, but that there is no issue that will cause a delay in your start date.

      • Meet the Requirements

        As with most things, there are qualifications that you need to meet before you can apply for financial aid. These may be different than the qualification to apply for your school of choice, so be aware of the differences to avoid any pitfalls.

        1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
        2. Hold a high school diploma or a general education diploma (GED)
        3. Have a valid social security number

        Fill out the FAFSA

        You have sat down with the advisor, you meet the requirements, you have applied for your chosen school. Now comes the most important part of the financial aid process. Apply for the FAFSA.
        The Free Application For Student Aid is the government application that will help to determine the award amount you will receive, as well as what types of loans and grants you qualify for. To apply, visit FAFSA’s website and follow their easy steps for application.

Beauty school does not have to be out of reach! No matter your financial situation an education in beauty is possible! Contact us today to discover how our financial aid options could benefit you, and lead you towards a career that could take you from paycheck to paycheck to a life changing career.

Summer Trends That We Hope Follow Us Into Fall

Posted on: July 27th, 2017

With summing coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about fall. The cool breezes, the changing leaves, pumpkins, and of course the fashion that will see us all the way to next spring.
Just because summer is leaving, however, does not mean that we have to say goodbye to all the styles that we have fallen in love with.
Here are our favorite looks from summer that we would love to see follow us into fall.



Let Your Clothes Make a Statement

Let Your Clothes Make a Statement


They were big this summer, and we would love to see them all over the place this fall! Even though the leaves may be changing, a bright pop of yellow is just what we need. From Kermit green to sunshine yellow, there’s only one rule for wearing brights this fall: wear lots of it.


Stripes are pushing full steam ahead into fall (at least we think so). This bold look emerged early into the spring/summer season, and we don’t expect it to slow down come fall. Check out these styles from Forever 21 on your quest to find an Instragram-worthy look that’ll have your friends jealous.

Mix and Match

Do you think stripes and squares go together? Last year we would have said no. But this year? This year ANYTHING goes! Bust out the stripes and accessorize to the max. Worried about getting into trouble with this eclectic style? Stick to a strict color palette and focus on the accessories.



Makeup and Hair


Makeup and Hair


Gothic lips made a surprising appearance this year, and we think it’ll be glam come fall. Pair the sassy gothic shade with bold metallics in gold, black, and silver. Our fashion wants for the fall are bold, so your makeup and hair should be bold to match (or mismatch?).

Braids are Still In!

Don’t worry, these classics aren’t going anywhere soon. They are, however getting more interesting and creative with each passing season. Be brave and embrace your creative side – and don’t be afraid to try something new!

Color Pops

Listen, we don’t make the rules, fashion week does. Having said that, we’re absolutely on board with the way color has continued to change and mutate these last few years. It is certainly not going anywhere, with the summer look we love staying with us and mutating into the bright complementary colors we have seen before. Perfect for adding character when throwing your hair up for cutting class.

A Bunch of Bows

If you are joining Educators of Beauty for one of our program classes this fall, you are going to have your hair up a lot. But don’t just pull it up and call it good, accessorize with our favorite holdover from this summer – bows.

It’s time to start planning your wardrobe and get ready for fall! You don’t want to be left behind as the seasons change!

Be ready to knock everyone’s socks off when you go back to school this fall.
Take a look at our cosmetology program and discover how your fashion sense can turn into a life-long passion.

What Summer Braid Fit’s Your Style? Take Our Quiz!

Posted on: June 27th, 2017

Don’t know what to do with your hair on a hot summer day? Our quiz can help you find a great go-to braided hairstyle based on your favorite summer activities.

You know you had a successful braid day when your waves at the end of the day make you feel superior. Need to freshen up your hair for the summer? Head on over to our student salon to freshen up your look, and get ready for sun! Contact us, to get information.

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.

Illinois Cosmo Stats You Need to Know

Posted on: May 24th, 2017

If you are currently pursuing, or have thought about pursuing a career in cosmetology, there are some things you need to know! Not only is cosmetology thriving, it growing at a huge rate!


Want to see the numbers for yourself? Here they are with many more that you may not have thought of!



Illinois cosmo statistics


Ready to move into this big bright future? Contact our admissions department today to start the first steps toward enrollment.

Summer Beauty Trends You Need to Know!

Posted on: May 20th, 2017

The temperature is steadily rising, creeping closer and closer to that blissful summer that you have been counting down to since the first leaf turned gold last year. Since then your dreams have been full of sun dresses and strappy sandals, and at long last they have almost made their return.
But before you don last year’s floral sundresses, don’t miss out on any of the current styles and trends.

Enjoy the summer and let those colors shine!