“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 Brown
At Pivot Point Academy, our 1500-hour cosmetology program goes far beyond the basics. As a student, you can learn “the why” behind “the how,” and master technical skills building from simple to complex. We teach you to see, think, create, and adapt to any client or situation.
Use your creativity every day as a cosmetologist! Our 1500-hour cosmetology program can be completed in as little as 12 months. At Pivot Point Academy, you won’t just learn how to do hair, you’ll also learn skills to build a sustainable career. Learn about:
We want all our students to feel salon ready-after they graduate. You can have hands-on experience in our student salon*. Not only can you practice your skills, but you can also learn how a salon operates and how to build a connection with clients.
Take your first step into a creative career today. Reach out to us today to learn more!
You can prepare for success in the salon and become the artist you are meant to be with our four-phase program.
At Pivot Point Academy, we are bringing learning into the future. Our digital online classroom, Learn About Beauty (LAB) is a fun and interactive way to make learning stick. Here are just a few ways LAB and other resources help our beauty school create confident, competitive graduates.
Gone are the days of lengthy textbook chapters that are difficult to read! LAB is learner-centered and makes it easier for you to study and remember skills.
We aren’t just making graduates, we are making salon professionals.
That’s why LAB has several features to help students build resilience, self-esteem, and salon-savvy:
We want our students to succeed in the industry long-term, not just out of school. At Pivot Point Academy, we provide students with relevant information, guidance, and support to help them stay in the industry longer.
Welcome to the beginning of your career in Beauty. Design your Life. Hair design relies on the artist’s vision, techniques, and the tools needed to carry out that vision. At the start of each cosmetology program, you will get:
You’ll also receive an iPad via you’ll access our digital learning platform LAB (Learn about Beauty). Students will also get Pivot Point Academy’s Fundamentals: printed study guide, downloadable eBooks, integrated lesson webbooks, learning connections, interactive video lectures, design decision charts, exam ace, and more.
Learn the basics behind having a successful career in cosmetology, such as:
Gain foundational knowledge in basic cosmetology that you will build upon in later units:
Get started as a beginner hair stylist with these foundational skills:
Advance your skills by learning how to chemically manipulate hair. You will learn:
Become a well-rounded cosmetology student by gaining skills in nail technology:
Understand the science of healthy skin and skincare basics. You will learn:
To be applied by the instructor to strengthen student performance; supervised field trips; or other related training.
As an additional resource for your research and orientation, the following blogs are available to you to broaden your knowledge base and continue your understanding of the Beauty industry:
I was recently at your Bloomingdale location this past Saturday. Christopher cut my hair as well as did a color correction w/high lights. Even though I was there for 5 hours he took his time to make sure that the job was being done right and asked instructors for feedback etc when needed.
Well, the outcome came out FANTASTIC. I posted my picture on my Facebook as well as my personal weight watchers profile and I was bombarded with so many likes saying how cute the color/cut came out and how it complements my newly thinned out features. I went drastic with a modified pixie cut and I went for it 🤣!!
I’m hoping that Christopher is available the next time I go for a trim and touch up 😊😊Linda B.
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.
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