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Cosmetology School & Classes

Beauty Is What You Make It

Get Ready to Earn a Cosmetology Diploma at Pivot Point Academy

At Pivot Point Academy, we take pride in being one of the best cosmetology schools in the Chicago suburbs, providing an exceptional 1500-clock hour cosmetology program that is designed to help you earn your Cosmetology diploma and prepare you for the licensure exam in the state of Illinois. Our cosmetology classes tackle all aspects of beauty from hairdressing, nail care, to esthetics, makeup and skin care, and salon business skills. You will learn how to apply beauty basics and form a strong sense of creativity to design flawless and timeless styles.

Enroll in our cosmetology school to master both basic and advanced skills necessary to earn a Cosmetology degree. Educators at Pivot Point Academy guide students to enhance their skills and develop into confident beauty professionals.

Cosmetologists Education Program

The 1500-clock hour cosmetologists education program provided by our Cosmetology school in Bloomingdale, Illinois is split into four phases that help you begin your journey as a future beauty professional. Each phase of our cosmetology classes are designed to ensure you gain knowledge in areas such as nail care, skin care, hair styling, makeup, barbering, and more. At the start of each program, Pivot Point Academy equips students with a 400 + Piece Cosmetology Student Kit that includes high-quality tools you’ll need to begin your cosmetology career.  

Phase 1 - Master the Foundation of Cosmetology

Phase 1 of our school for cosmetologists is designed to help students apply the four cornerstones of thinking like a designer, SEE, THINK, CREATE and ADAPT!

During this phase of cosmetology classes, students explore the fundamentals of Sculpture (Women’s and Men’s sculpting),  Hair Design, and Long Hair Design. One goal we have at the Academy is to educate our students on multiple textures of hair.

Phase 2 - Take a Hands-On Approach

Phase 2 of our Cosmetologist school will prepare you for a cosmetology diploma by giving you hands-on training in our Student Salon and Spa. Participate in advanced workshops to build on content areas learned in Phase 1 of cosmetology classes. In this phase, you will dive into Color and Texture and enhance your technical and communication skills.

Phase 3 - Advance Your Skills in Cosmetology

During Phase 3 of cosmetology school you will embrace areas of study such as Nail Care, Skin Care, Makeup and Salon Business. This phase will strengthen your skills in guest relations and efficiency. All phases will always tie into what was previously taught to the student

Phase 4 - Work & Prepare

Phase 4 of our cosmetologists education program prepares you for Academy final diploma testing and the professional licensure exam in the state of Illinois while perfecting your craft as a designer in the Student Salon & Spa.

Hair Texturizing Techniques Taught in Cosmetology Classes

Hair texturizing refers to the diverse range of haircutting and texturizing techniques used to construct bouncing, voluminous, and layered hair. Our school for cosmetologists relays the latest techniques in areas such as layering, thinning, point cutting, and more. Cosmetologists that are obtaining their cosmetology degree from our program will be able to apply different haircutting techniques to all hair types — whether thick, thin, flat or dull. Here are some basic hair texturization techniques you’ll learn in our cosmetology school. 

Point Cutting

From subtle to exaggerated, point cutting is the finishing touch of a haircut. This process involves sectioning and cutting chunks of hair with the scissors positioned vertically to the hair’s direction. The instructors at our cosmetology school in Bloomingdale, Illinois help students master the art of point cutting.

Overdirecting/ Shifted Distribution

For exaggerated layers, this cutting technique creates extra volume by lifting and cutting the hair over the head.  


For thicker or coarser hair, this process involves quality thinning scissors that thins out thick areas of the head that would otherwise present a choppy look. Students will learn various hair thinning and hair texturizing techniques in the classes available at our school for Cosmetologists.

Slithering/Slide Cutting

Slithering is a haircutting technique taught in our Cosmetology classes that is used for thicker hair that reduces chunky areas of the hair to add volume and give bounce. 


Originally created to add foiled color to hair, weaving is a hair thinning technique that can be done with scissors or a razor to thin out hair evenly around the head. Hair is first divided into sections, in which the stylist then “weaves” through each hair portion in an m-shaped motion. This technique is critical to forming a stylish haircut. All future hairstylists that participate in our cosmetology school will receive hands-on training with hair weaving.

Chipping/ Razor Etching 

For a more noticeable thinning appearance, chipping eliminates excess areas of hair to create dimension and body to the desired style.  The process involves pointing the scissors at a 45-degree angle inward to cut angular pieces, from the ends of the segmented hair. To learn more about the chipping and razor etching, enroll in our cosmetologists education program in the Chicago suburbs.

Smooth-Cutting/ Razor Sculpting

Smooth-cutting refers to the texturizing technique, typically used on straighter hair, that involves running a razor blade through sections of hair in a “v” shape to add volume. All students that are enlisted in school for Cosmetologists in Bloomingdale, Illinois will learn the latest hair volumizing techniques.

Hair Coloring and Highlighting Techniques

At Pivot Point Academy, we teach both traditional and contemporary hair coloring techniques to students enrolled in our cosmetology classes to ensure that they are able to apply radiant colors to hair. The following is a list of special hair color and highlight techniques our students will learn to perform. 

  • Color Melt
  • Sombrè
  • Balayage 
  • Reverse Balayage 
  • General Highlights
  • Baby Lights 
  • Lowlights

Pivot Point Academy is a school for Cosmetologists that is designed to help you earn your cosmetology diploma and prepare you for the licensure exam in the state of Illinois. We also offer other courses in areas such as esthetics, barbering, and makeup application, Enroll in a program to prepare for a future career in the beauty industry.



Bloomingdale 2016 Cosmetology Start Dates

Upcoming Events

Open House - Not vavailable currently.
Infotainment Night – Not availalbe currently.

Please book Your Individual Tour or call us at 947-985-5900 to set up your tour. We also offer virutal tours. 


Upcoming Start Dates

Cosmetology (1,500 Hour)

2020 Cosmetology Full Time Day (Tue-Sat / 9:00am - 4:45pm)
October 6, December 8

2021 Cosmetology Full Time Day (Tue-Sat / 9:00am - 4:45pm)
April 13, June 8, August 10, October 5, December 7 


Barber Progoram (1,500 Hour)

2020/2021 Barber Part Time Evening – monthly enrollment  (Mon-Thur / 6pm - 10pm, after Phase 1 additional as option Mon 1:00pm - 5:00pm and/or Fri 5:00pm - 9:00pm)

Monthly enrollment, next enrollment dates:
October 26, November 30, January 4


Barber program (crossover) - for licensed cosmetologists)

Barber Crossover Part Time Evening – Please call for the next start date 847-985-5900


Esthetics (750 Hour)

2021 Esthetics Part Time Day (Tues-Fri / 9am - 2pm and every other Saturday 9am - 4:45pm)
May 4, June 2

2021 Esthetics Part Time Evening (Mon-Fri / 6pm - 10pm)
January 4, February 8


Teacher Training (500/1000 Hours)

2020 Teacher Training Program Part Time Day  (Tues - Wed / 9am - 4:45pm)
October 6, December 8

2021 Teacher Training Program Part Time Day  (Tues - Wed / 9am - 4:45pm)
April 13, June 8, August 10, October 5, December 7


MUD Make-up (84 hour)

2021 MUD Make-Up Part Time Day 4 weeks (Tues-Fri / 9am - 2pm and every other Saturday 9am - 4:45pm)

May 4

2021 MUD Make-up Part Time Evening 5 weeks (Mon-Fri / 6pm - 10pm)
January 4


*Contact Admissions 847-985-5900 for details.