Learn Beauty

If you’ve ever dreamt of a career in the beauty industry, Pivot Point Academy & Wahl Barber Academy can turn that dream into a reality. Being part of the beauty industry can provide you with countless opportunities. You can become self-employed and set and work on your own schedule.  By enrolling in Pivot Point Academy & Wahl Barber Academy, you learn beauty industry skills, meet new people, and build lifelong professional relationships.  We can help enhance your creative skills, find your purpose, and live your passion.  Our courses include hands-on training and cover many areas of hair and skincare. From cutting and coloring to makeup and shaving, there’s a lot to learn here at our Academy. Since we believe beauty professionals should have business skills, business management, and social media training are part of our curriculum.

Great news! Wahl Barber Academy is now licensed to do business as a barber school in the state of Illinois. A Barber Program only school, located near O’Hare Airport and easily accessed from the CTA Blue Line, the Wahl Barber Academy has assembled a team of leading licensed instructors who demonstrate technical skills and the ability to inspire and motivate students.

Teacher Training, Makeup, Continuing Education… More Programs

Golden School Awards Winners in the category School of the Year

We did it again! We’re proud to announce that we are one of the 2023 AACS Golden School Awards winners in the category school of the year. In 2022 we won two AACS Golden School Awards in the categories, school of the year and legacy school. We couldn’t have done this without the hard work of our amazing instructors, staff, and our students of course. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, we’re excited to see what the future holds for Pivot Point Academy!

Student work incoming 🔥 Check out these cuts and fades by @willie.blendz You can be in his chair Monday - Thursday from 6pm-10pm. Make your appointment to be next! Link in bio ✨ https://www.pivotpoint.edu/wahl-barber-academy-student-services/
✨VIP Membership✨ 

We know maintaining your look is important. We make it easier on you and your budget with incredible deals, only for our VIPs. 

The Gold Membership: Haircut includes unlimited haircuts, available for 6 or 12 months, and 15% off retail products and all additional services available at our Student Barber Clinic. 

Join now with our link in bio 🔥 


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Check out what our leadership scholarship winner @inosa_fades has been up to! ✨ Saul was also selected as 1 of 7 students across the US to attend the @sportclipshaircuts National Huddle for their #battleofthehair event. He’s setting the standard for the future of the industry! #wahlbarberacademy #leadership #chicagobarberacademy #chicagobarbers #studentsuccess #changeyourlife #barberstudents #barbertraining #BarberingJourney #nextgeneration #futureoftheindustry #LearnForward
⭐️ Setting the standard for well-rounded barber education! Our students are thriving with Qnity's innovative financial literacy program. Empowering creativity, passion, and smart money management skills, Qnity is preparing our students for their careers as professionals. 

Read more about how Qnity takes our education to the next level: www.pivotpoint.edu/wahl-barber-academy/

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Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Wahl Barber Academy! 🇺🇸 🎆 

Please note we are closed for our summer break until Tuesday, July 9th. Our students and staff can’t wait to see you when we return! ✨

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Congratulations @salvcutshair for receiving our ADVANCED tier award! We recognize our students who show exceptional guest service and professionalism. 🔥 “I worked with Sal. He was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating with my requests. Did a fantastic job with my beard and hair cut! Would recommend!” - Guest Testimonial
Ready to welcome our Guests!
🚨 Our Barber Evening Class is ready to service you! These talented students have been perfecting their work for the last 12 weeks and we are so impressed. 💥 You can book with them Tuesday - Thursday nights, last appointment at 9pm!  #wahlbarberacademy #wahlbarberacademychicago #barbereducation #barberacademy #barberschool #chicagobarber #chicagobarberschool #chicagolandbarbers #StudentBarbers #barberstudent #barberlove #inspireandeducate #parkridgeil
TOP 100! 💥 Wahl Barber Academy has been nominated in the Salon Decor category in @behindthechair_com @oneshothairawards ✨ 

Congratulations to our team and everyone involved in creating our beautiful space. The mission to empower and educate the future of the barber industry starts HERE! 

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Help us welcome Jason, Hilvene, and Alberto to the #wahlbarberacademy family! 🙌 We are you excited to see you grow into your new future. 💈 

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Take a peek 👁️ inside our classroom as our Phase 1 students learn about mastering the facial shave with Mr. Rich! #wahlbarberacademy #wahlbarberacademychicago #chicagobarberschool #chicagobarbers #facialshave #barberstudent
Discover your potential, unlock your future. 💈 

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HOW has going to BARBER SCHOOL IMPACTED your LIFE? We're asking our evening barber students the important questions. 👊

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Your chance to experience the Pivot Point Academy | Wahl Barber Academy difference, AND earn up to 6 CEU hours for your cosmetology or barber license. Link in bio to purchase your tickets! 🔥 #wahlbarberacademy #wahlbarberacademychicago #advancededucation #illinoisceuhours #cosmetologyschool #barberschool #licensedcosmetologist #licensedbarber
Busy day at the barber academy 💈✂️ 

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Thank you @jorges_fades for stopping in to spend some time getting to know our students! 💈

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Meet our Team! 

Ken is a licensed Barber and Cosmetology Educator holding an active barber and cosmetology license and is a Senior Registered Barber and Hairdresser in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ken is also a certified British Master Barber. In 1994 he decided to put his dedication toward the education of the next generation of beauty professionals. Mr. Ken continues to work as a barber in a barbershop to stay up-to-date and relevant in the field to share this information with his students.

Ken’s philosophy: “My passion is sharing knowledge in the hair industry at all levels.”

Thank you Ken for all you do! 

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  • I chose pivot point intentionally because I’ve always loved makeup. Going through all the phases and learning all the curriculum I’ve never been so happy to become a well-rounded hairstylist knowing all techniques and learning all different hair types. I’ve never been so blessed to be working at Sharon Daniel Salon to further my career and make everyone feel beautiful!

    Alissa M.

    I chose Pivot Point because of its professional but fun atmosphere. I feel that they took cosmetology as seriously as I did but everyone was still warm and welcoming! I am now working at a Redken elite salon in Chicago and I feel like I’ve found a home in my rising salon!

    Mikey D.
  • Pivot Point Academy is not only a school, it is a home. This place helped me branch out into a whole different person. I tried things I never knew I would try and accomplished so much more than I would’ve ever thought. Pivot Point allowed me to find another home at Sorelle Salon in Bartlett. I am a full-time stylist now doing hair, makeup, spray tans, lash extensions, lash lifts, and nails! This industry offers so much and Pivot Point helped me realize beauty is unstoppable!

    Gabby B.

    I chose Pivot Point Academy because I wanted a supportive, family-like school. I knew from the minute I toured the academy; I was home. The educators were amazing, my classmates were always cheering me on and the rest of the team always had my back. I knew going to Pivot Point I would have the best cosmetology education and opportunities following graduation. I was given all of that, plus so much more.

    Savannah F.
  • I chose Pivot Point because it had always been highly recommended to me and frankly; no other school compared. I felt welcomed and at home right away, so I knew it was the right choice. After graduating from Pivot Point, I was able to come across an amazing job opportunity at The Mixx Hair Salon where I am now a full-time hairstylist and lead makeup artist.

    Nathaly L.

    I just graduated from the teacher training program and I want to share my appreciation for the school, I’ve learned so much! I truly have enjoyed my time there. The staff & students have been wonderful. I just truly love the atmosphere, curriculum, and basically everything about this wonderful school.

    Brittany S.
  • After doing a ton of research, I chose to attend Pivot Point Academy to obtain my Cosmetology license. Their curriculum looked the best compared to other schools, and I’ve heard great feedback from friends that attended this beauty school.

    Lisa W.

    I recently attended the Cosmetology school at Pivot Point Academy to tighten up my skills. Great instructors that facilitate a collaborative learning experience that is not only based on concepts – but also hands-on practice to help enhance your skills.

    Sophia B.
  • Attending Pivot Point Academy for my cosmetology training was the single most important career decision I’ve made. From the strongest in fundamentals to a vast network, I wouldn’t be the traveling artists I am today without it. In one word: Blessed!

    Matt B.

    I felt the most comfortable at Pivot Point Academy when I did my walk-through, I can tell the staff really cared about me and are down to earth. Pivot point truly cared about wanting me to succeed and go far in this industry and supported me throughout school and even after graduation. Pivot Point Academy has instilled in me the professional that I have become, and for that, I am forever grateful. After I completed both cosmetology and barber school, I have been building a solid clientele and been loving it every day! With having such an awesome educational background I truly can go forth with confidence for any client that sits in my chair. I am so fortunate to have made such close friends while in school that I will have for a lifetime!

    Natalie G.

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