Cosmetology

“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.

You can prepare for success in the salon and become the artist you are meant to be with our four-phase program.

  • Phase 1: Master the Foundation of Cosmetology
    Apply the four cornerstones of hair design: see, think, create, and adapt! Explore the fundamentals of sculpture (men’s and women’s), hair design, and long hair design on multiple hair textures.
  • Phase 2: Take a Hands-on Approach
    Prepare for salon life by practicing your skills hands-on in our student salon and spa. Solidify your foundational skills in advanced workshops, and gain additional skills in coloring, texture services, and client communication.
  • Phase 3: Advance Your Skills in Cosmetology
    Build on previous skills as you advance your knowledge in nail care, skincare, makeup, and salon business. This phase will also strengthen your skills in guest relations and efficiency.
  • Phase 4: Work and Prepare
    Prepare for final testing and to sit for the Illinois state licensure exam as you continue perfecting your skills in our student salon.

Pivot Point Academy students posing for a photo

The Pivot Point Academy Difference

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.

Learner-Centered

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.

  • Streamlined text eases the learner’s reading burden.
  • Large visuals help students remember key concepts.
  • Additional resources are easily accessible.
  • Online learning makes classes available anytime, anywhere.
  • Social collaboration exercises create community, and make sharing information easy.
  • Earn points for completed modules to make learning fun.
Salon-Relevant

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:

  • Salon Connection Sidebars: Helps keep the future in mind and prepares learners for the “real world.”
  • Expanded Care and Safety Section: Builds awareness of client relations and refines workplace skills.
  • Life Skills Feature: Teaches resilience, commitment, and persistance to help you bounce back after setbacks.
Build a Sustainable Career

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.

  • Prosper U: Learn how to make connections with your guest, maximize ticket price, increase your sales, and market yourself with our business training class, Prosper U.
  • Beaty As A Business: Understand how to brand yourself and stand out from the competition with our social media and marketing course, Beauty As A Business (BAAB).
  • Resume and Career Building: Take your skills to the bank by gaining resume and career building skills to help you land your dream job.
  • Internships: Our school highly encourages participation in internships to help students understand salon expectations and make salon connections to build their careers.
Opportunities for Growth

Grow your skills with these events and opportunities available to Pivot Point Academy students!

Cosmetology Student Kit

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:

  • Education that goes beyond that basics and prepares you for a successful career.
  • Access to LAB, an online learning environment that keeps you connected both in and out of the classroom.
  • Quality hair from Pivot Point International for the most realistic hair design experience.
  • Snap Cap, a sustainable alternative to mannequins that reduces landfill waste.
  • High-quality tools created by designers,  for designers.
  • Your cosmetology student kit includes 400+ pieces of tools you’ll need to begin your cosmetology career, like Mannequins (Chloe, Charlene, & Samuel with a beard), Shark Fin shears and texturizing shears, Matsuzaki 1-star cutting shears, shear pouch, MUD makeup kit, 70 piece hair swatches, metal adjustable mannequin holder, Taper graphite comb, master sketcher comb, Bohn combs, Wahl clippers & trimmer, and more.

View your Cosmetology Student Kit

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.

Student doing Makeup in our makeup classroom

Unit 1: Shop Management, Sanitation, And Interpersonal Relations

Learn the basics behind having a successful career in cosmetology, such as:

  • Career opportunities
  • State licensing requirements and regulations
  • Professional development
  • Personal grooming and hygiene
  • Client relations
  • Business ethics
  • Infection control and service essentials
  • Microbiology (bacteriology)
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Basic marketing and merchandising
  • Retailing
  • Salon operations
  • And more!
Unit 2: Basic Training

Gain foundational knowledge in basic cosmetology that you will build upon in later units:

  • Orientation
  • Professional ethics
  • Hygiene and sanitation
  • Understanding chemicals and their uses
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Skin diseases and disorders (common scalp conditions)
  • Trichology (evaluation of hair types)
  • Chemistry of cosmetics (shampoo, rinses and conditioners)
  • Esthetics
  • Nail technology
  • Infection control
  • Tools uses and safety
  • And more!
Unit 3: Hair Styling/Hair Dressing

Get started as a beginner hair stylist with these foundational skills:

  • Principles and techniques of sculpting (cutting, thinning, shaping, trimming)
  • Wet design
  • Techniques (shaping and curling)
  • Hair design
  • Thermal design techniques (curling and Marcelling)
  • Long hair design and techniques
  • Hair treatments
  • Wigs and hair additions
  • And more!
Unit 4: Practical Chemical Application/Hair Treatment

Advance your skills by learning how to chemically manipulate hair. You will learn:

  • Chemistry and chemical safety
  • Principles and techniques of hair perming and relaxing
  • Principles and techniques of hair tinting
  • Bleaching and coloring (temporary, semi-permanent, permanent)
  • Techniques in shampooing
  • Toning and rinsing
  • Techniques in hair and scalp conditioning
  • Scalp massage essentials
  • Product knowledge uses and safety
Unit 5: Nail Technology

Become a well-rounded cosmetology student by gaining skills in nail technology:

  • Nail structure and growth
  • Nail diseases
  • Disorders and conditions
  • Nail shapes
  • Nail care
  • Basic manicure and pedicure
  • Artificial nail care
Unit 6: Esthetics

Understand the science of healthy skin and skincare basics. You will learn:

  • Principles and techniques of skin care treatment
  • Theory of massage
  • Principles of hair removal and techniques
  • Makeup application
  • Infection control
  • Product knowledge uses and safety
Electives

To be applied by the instructor to strengthen student performance; supervised field trips; or other related training.

Recommended Blogs

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:

Business Training – Increasing the Salon Readiness of our Students.
Hair Texturizing Techniques – Taught in Cosmetology Classes.
Exciting Facts – Cosmetology a Career Full of Creativity and Art.

This is one of the most vibrant tri-color balayage we have ever seen! We love how each color stands out yets seamlessly transitions 🤩 Amazing work,@amandadeshair!⁠
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Pivot Point Academy Student Barbers ! 💈These are all well-rounded barbers in every aspect! They learn hair sculpting, men’s shaving, grooming, basic skincare, current with the industry trends, and more. With earlier hands-on practice, learn business strategy, through our three-phase program, they will be industry ready!  We are proud! #iampivotpoint #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint 💈🔥💈🔥💈
Have you always enjoyed hairstyling? Are you the person who constantly helps your friends and family do their hair? If any of those ring a bell, our cosmetology program could be your next chapter! 🌟 You can learn about:⁠
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Guest Services⁠
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At Pivot Point Academy, we want to help YOU reach your potential. 🙌 Contact us to learn more today!→ link in bio⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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We love this rich burgundy coloring done by @style.of.color! 😍How elegant is this shade? It’s so beautiful 👑⁠
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See what colors we could do for you 🌈Schedule an appointment in our student salon → link in bio⁠
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Do you want to share your beauty industry experience with future beauty professionals?🤔 Our Cosmetology Teacher Training Program can prepare you for a future in teaching.⁠
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If you have 2+ years of experience and maintain an active license, you could qualify for our 500-hour teacher training program! 🎉⁠
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To learn more about this program, reach out to us! We would love to help you get started.→ Link in bio⁠
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There’s nothing like a fresh style to make your hair GLOW! ✨@girardixbeauty did a great job with this client’s hair! Give them both a round of applause 👏⁠
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Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Want to be your own boss? If so, our barbering program could be the right fit for you! 💈 Learn all about:⁠
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- Basic Skincare⁠
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Come see what our barbering program could do for you! Schedule a tour of our barber school today. → Link in bio⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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Check out this styling work and trim by @cosmobykiki! 🙌 We love how the waves shine in the light☀️⁠
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If you would like to refresh your hair, book your appointment in our student salon today. → link in bio ⁠
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Welcome to our August Cosmetologists! So excited for your journey with us! 
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Give a round of applause to Amani, Cora, Aileen, Elena, and Jena! 👏 They’ve worked so hard! We are amazed by their talent and cannot wait to see how they make their mark in the beauty industry!⁠
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Congratulations grads!🎉⁠
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Have you always been passionate about hair, skincare, or makeup? 💇💄 Take your passion to the next level with a professional education! At Pivot Point Academy, we offer programs in ⁠
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- MUD Makeup ⁠
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Your dream career could be just around the corner. ✨ Contact us today to learn more! → Link in the bio. ⁠
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Wow, this client’s skin is positively GLOWING! ✨ If you want fresher, more vibrant, youthful-looking skin, try a microdermabrasion service. You may be surprised at what a difference it can make! ⁠
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This service was done by our student @lejlascreations. Amazing job, Lejla! ⁠
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Are you looking for a creative career where you can inspire others? ✨ Beauty could be the perfect career path for you! Learn more about what this exciting industry has to offer and explore your future in beauty today. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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We know getting a quality education is important to you. 💯 That’s why we train our instructors with our patented Mindful Teaching® Professional Development product. Receive clear, helpful instruction from our master educators to prepare yourself for the real world. ✨⁠
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We love a good before and after! ✨ Check out this gorgeous blonde done by our student @hairbykatlynincolor. Bye-bye, brassiness! ⁠
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If you need a color refresh, come visit us in our student salon! We can’t wait to meet you. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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We believe learning happens best when many minds come together. 🤝 That’s why our school provides a collaborative learning environment, both in our classrooms and on our patented digital platform, LAB. 🙌⁠
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Come see the difference a Pivot Point Academy education could make for you! Schedule your tour of our school today. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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Have you ever wondered what the difference between a balayage and foilyage is? 🤔 These are two techniques that can be used to achieve a similar look! ⁠
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- Balayage: hand-painting lightener onto the hair. ⁠
- Foilyage: mimicking the hand-painted look of balayage with foils. ⁠
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While they achieve similar looks, these techniques do better on different hair types. 👱‍♀️ 👩‍🦱 Wondering which is better for you? Ask your stylist! ⁠
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This gorgeous foilyage was done by our student @amandadeshair. It looks beautiful! 👏 ⁠
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Book your appointment in our student salon today. → Link in the bio.⁠
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*All work performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.⁠
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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.⁠
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- Streamlined text eases the learner’s reading burden.⁠
- Online learning makes classes available anytime, anywhere.⁠
- Social collaboration exercises create community and make sharing information easy.⁠
- Earn points for completed modules to make learning fun.⁠
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At Pivot Point Academy, we are all about YOU! Contact us to learn more today. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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You deserve to pursue a future that makes you happy and can allow you, in turn, to make others happy. In the beauty industry, you can brighten someone’s day with the right cut or color, and turn their whole week around. If you’re ready to get started on a fulfilling career, contact us to see if Pivot Point Academy is perfect for you.💜 → Link in the bio. ⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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Blonding? For summer? ☀️ Iconic. Our student @maddibeauty added so much brightness and warmth to her client’s hair and we are totally blown away. ⁠
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If your hair is in need of a little extra care, visit our student salon! → Link in the bio.⁠
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*All work performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.⁠
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Fade in need of a touch-up or the top looking a little long? 💈 We’ve got you covered! Schedule an appointment in our student barber clinic to kick off your week with a fresh cut. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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From a light perm a few months ago to this perfectly subtle balayage, our student @beautybyelissa_ is bringing so much life to her client’s hair! ☀️⁠
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Have you always wanted to learn more about brightening up someone’s hair (and day)? Our cosmetology program could be perfect for you! Contact us today to find out more about how you could get started at Pivot Point Academy. → Link in the bio. ⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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How will you add beauty to your life? 🌟 If you’ve always felt passionate about styling hair, makeup, or helping others find their sparkle, a future in the beauty industry might be perfect for you! At Pivot Point Academy we offer programs in:⁠
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-Cosmetology⁠
-Esthetics⁠
-Barbering⁠
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Contact us today to find out more about how you could get started with us! → Link in the bio.⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. ⁠
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#pivotpoint #pivotpointacademy #indianahair #indianabeauty #beautyschool #cosmetologyschool #barberingschool #esthetics #beauty⁠
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Our student @thriving_highlight is absolutely adding some bounce to her client’s step with these beautiful curls and we are totally here for it! 💜⁠
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Testimonials

  • 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.