Why Balayage is Trending in 2017?

Whether it is makeup, hair, or clothing -- there are always going to be new trends. This latest trend in hair color is really taking over. Move over highlights and lowlights! There is a new boss in town, and its name is balayage. This is one trend that hasn’t gone out of style within the last few years. In fact, it keeps evolving in new ways with various hair lengths and color palette options. It can only get better from here, right?


What is balayage?

The word “balayage” is actually a French term meaning to sweep, brush, or paint. This method of applying lightener or color gives the stylist more control to create finer lines, so the outgrowth is not as drastic as your standard highlight. It’s that natural, sun-kissed coloring we all had in the summer as kids and are dying to get back as adults. This coloring method focuses more on the ends of the hair and the lines become fainter as the stylist works his or her way up to the top of the hairline.


How does the technique work?

Lightener is applied on the surface of the hair. The stylist must make sure that the color does not saturate through the sections of hair until they reach the end portion of each section. This is to help give the hair that soft natural look and avoid those thick streaks of color. Some stylists prefer to do the balayage technique freehanded without using any foils. However, when you are learning, it is best to stick with using foils to prevent any color from bleeding onto other sections of the hair. Though similar, balayage is not the same as the ombre hair technique. Ombre coloring is when the hair is lightened or color in larger sections going from dark to light. This method is not as blended as balayage and is more of a drastic, faded look.


Why is this trend so popular?

This trend is popular not just because it looks great, but maintenance for this coloring technique is half of what it would be with dying or highlights. When a client’s hair grows out after getting balayage, they don’t have to deal with blunt outgrowth sticking out like a sore thumb. Instead, it’s very gradual, and if they let it grow out, the balayage will just take on a darker contrast from dark to light. Some people might even prefer the darker range of tones from their balayage outgrowth.


Ready to start a career in cosmetology?

Balayage is just one of the creative techniques used in cosmetology! If you have an interest in learning more about haircare and beauty this might be the right career path for you. Contact us to find out more about a career in cosmetology and esthetics that works with your schedule. 

Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Airbrush Makeup Workshop

Sunday April 9th and Monday April 10th, 9 am until 2 pm

Airbrushing has become one of the premier ways of applying makeup. In this session, we will show the airbrush techniques used to apply a flawless face, without being able to detect the actual application of make-up.


  • Tuition: introductory offer $750 (regularly $1200, $600 for class and $600 for MUD airbrush kit)
  • Limited to 10 artists and industry professionals/8 Continuing Hours Credit granted to Licensed Cosmetologists and Estheticians
  • We strongly encourage you bring your professional makeup brushes and makeup kit
  • The complete airbrush system includes:
    • MUD's HD Air Pro Set - 22 - 1/2 oz. silicone based, long lasting liquid airbrush make-up with a variety of colors to match any skin tone or create any effect
    • Sparmax AC66 Compressor - easy to use, compact, reliable and quiet compressor that is the ultimate choice for superstar quality (110V use only, not to be used with a converter or adapter)
    • Sparmax Airbrush Cleaning Station - equipped with an airbrush hanger, a filter and glass jar to prevent overspray while cleaning the airbrush
    • Nurturing Force Airbrush Cleaner - a chemical-free cleaning fluid that is designed for silicone, water and alcohol based products
    • 5-Piece Cleaning Brush Kit - 5 different brushes to clean the airbrush

Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108


Domestic Violence Course


Available at America’s Beauty Show March 25-27, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, the Cosmetology Renewal License Domestic Violence Course became law, requiring Illinois salon professionals to complete a one-time, one-hour awareness training about domestic violence and sexual assault for license renewal.


Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) worked closely with Chicago Says No More a coalition of agencies serving those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault and Illinois legislators for almost two years to ensure this requirement would:

1) not take away from the technical and business education salon pros need to pursue their careers, and

2) not hold cosmetologists liable for any action, or inaction, relating to domestic violence or sexual assault information provided to a client, family or friends.


Curriculum for the program, Listen. Support. Connect. is designed exclusively for salon professionals, and developed by experts in domestic violence/sexual assault and Cosmetologists Chicago.


Cosmetologists Chicago has the exclusive right to offer this one-hour training during America’s Beauty Show March 25-27, 2017 at McCormick Place. The one-hour training classes and CEUs will be offered free with admission to America’s Beauty Show.


Click here for the DV/SA training classes.



We listened to you and we understand your need for a cosmetology part time night program.

You dream of a career in beauty, but our full time schedule would not allow you the opportunity.

Now is your time! Join our part time cosmetology night program and make your dreams come true.

This program was created for students who need a flexible schedule. You will receive the same quality education with one of our award-winning educators.

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A Beautiful Career

There’s nothing more satisfying than enhancing people’s beauty and boosting their confidence – and that’s exactly what we do in the beauty industry. Just as satisfying are the variety of careers you can choose from.

We’ve listed some great careers to help you get on the right track to beautifying the world.


We all know how a hairstyle can make all the difference to a person’s appearance. We also know how much of a hassle doing hair from home can be. Imagine all of the special events in your life – from proms, to graduation, to weddings – people need hairstylists for that! Hairstylists not only solve hair hassles, they contribute to wonderful milestones in people’s lives.

Earning Potential

Hairstylist earnings can grow depending on where services are being done – from high-end salons to theater productions. As for opening your own salon, capital isn't terribly expensive, which presents the opportunity for even higher earnings.


Makeup Artist

Just like hairstylists, Makeup artistry has plenty of variety. This job is flexible in location too, as many makeup artists work outside of salons and in fields like theater, television, and movies. This job is also just as sentimental as hairstyling, as artists are often adding beauty to special occasions and milestones in people’s lives.


Nail Technician

Well-manicured nails can make all the difference in someone’s appearance as well. And it’s an exciting field with the variety of colors and styles that come out season by season.

Career Paths

There are a couple of routes you can take in this field – from nail care to nail design.

●      Manicurist/Nail Artist: Focuses on the look and design of the nails. This includes manicures, pedicures, applying artificial nails, polishing, conditioning, etc.

●      Nail Care Artist: Focuses on the health of the nails. This includes treating fungal infections, ingrown nails, etc.



Beautiful skin is very important to a person’s confidence and health. An esthetician focuses on the face, rather than the entire body like a dermatologist. Skin care treatments like massages, facials, and hair removal are typically performed within a home, in a salon, or in a spa.



Of course, beauty professionals should have a natural talent, but being able to apply the best practices takes the direction of an experienced professional. As careers in cosmetology, nail tech, and skincare are expected to rise between 10% to 12% by 2024, the need for educators will continue to grow with it. And with their flexible schedules, educators still have time to practice outside of the classroom.


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