Growing up in Grand Rapids, Mi Elisabeth knew early on that she wanted to be involved in the beauty industry. From a very early age, she was always doing hair and make-up on friends and family. While attending college at Michigan State University she enrolled in Chic Cosmetology school and knew she had found her calling. Wanting to take her career further, after graduating beauty school, she took her knowledge and passion to a high end salon in Grand Rapids. After assisting for a year under a fabulous teacher and educator for redken she hit the ground running. She continued her education, traveling to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, chasing knowledge and experience to become the best possible stylist she could.
While taking classes and workshops with some of the top names in the industry, she became a hot commodity in the Grand Rapids area. With a thriving local following life became comfortable, but she wanted to take things to the next level. An opportunity came from Las Vegas that she could not pass up. She decided to take a position as Color specialist in the salon at the world renowned ARIA Resort on the Las Vegas strip. From fashion shows, photo shoots and celebrity events, Elisabeth quickly built a name for herself as a top Stylist/Colorist because of her ability to cater to needs of all around her. From celebrities, to ceo’s, cocktail waitresses, to those visiting Vegas, she was up for the challenge. While at the Aria she continued to add experience in the editorial world, behind the scenes at fashion shows, and catering to the international elite to her resume. She quickly became a sought after colorist and landed at the Aria’s sister company, the ultra exclusive Madarin Oriental Las Vegas located in City Center, were she did hair and makeup for the whos who’s of the world. Adding to her growing experience she was able to add to her excitement on the strip while styling hair for the academy of country music awards, playboy shoots, and The Miss America pageant!
Elisabeth enjoyed the excitement and experience of Las Vegas, and it helped produced clarity to fufill her dream of opening a salon and creating a positive team environment for all to enjoy. Elisabeth has since relocated back to the Grand Rapids area and is not only working as a stylist/colorist, but has opened Chasing Vanity Salon and Spa! Chasing Vanity is a high end salon and spa with a friendly atmosphere where people can look and feel like a celebrity. Using the skills, teaching tools and life experience gained along the way, this new challenge is the most exciting yet and she can’t wait to see you here!