Cosmetology

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!

Student Kit Cosmetology

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, including:

  • Mannequins the Chloe, Charlene, & Samuel with beard
  • Shark Fin shears & Shark Fin 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!

You’ll also receive an iPad which you’ll use to access our digital learning platform LAB (Learn about Beauty).

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.

A BIG Welcome to our new Cosmetologists! ✨ looking forward to following you on your journey!
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Agree or disagree: learning should be fun! ✨ At Pivot Point Academy, we do things differently. Our digital learning platform, LAB, is a fun and interactive way to master skills in esthetics,  cosmetology, and barbering. ⁠
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Congratulations to Cassie for completing 1500 hours of cosmetology! We wish you success in all your future endeavors. The beauty industry is lucky to have talent like you! ⁠
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Welcome our new Esthetician’s to the Pivot Point Academy family! ✨ 

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Ready to have glowing skin? This client came in for her first facial, and these results speak for themselves! 💯 Our student @makeup_by_a.marie used a high-frequency modality, which ⁠
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Stop by our student salon and try this service for yourself. Your skin will thank you! → Link in the bio.⁠
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Did you know that over one-third of all barbers are self-employed? 💈 💸 If you are ready to follow your entrepreneurial spirit and be your own boss, you may be destined to become a barber. ⁠
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Schedule your tour of Pivot Point Academy today to explore whether barber school could be your next step. →  Link in the bio. ⁠
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Wow, on a scale of 1 to 10, how amazing do you think this color is!? It’s definitely a 10 from us! 💯 Our student @coras_cuts did such a great job on this fun color. ⁠
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If you’re ready for a transformation, book an appointment with us in our student salon. ✨ Making your day is what makes our day! → Link in the bio. ⁠
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Congratulations to Margaret and Caroline for completing our esthetics program! We have loved being a part of your journey and know you will do great things. ❤️⁠
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We are loving this brow before and after by our student @skinby.nat_! If you’re ready for some self-care or a fresh wax, visit our student spa. ✨  Contact us to schedule your appointment!⁠
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*All work performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.⁠
Take advantage of your time and turn it into doing something you love. ✨  You can pursue so many things in your life, and if you’re ready to do something creative, beauty might be the perfect option for you. ⁠
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At Pivot Point Academy we offer programs in:⁠
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We are stunned by this beautiful, berry-inspired hair! Our student @hope_the_beautician did a wonderful job on this client’s hair with this vibrant color and a fresh trim. 💜 ⁠
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In need of some hair care yourself? Visit our student salon and see what our students can do for you.⁠
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Your dreams don’t have to be just dreams, they could be a reality! Pursue a future you can be proud of and get started at Pivot Point Academy. 💗 ⁠
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Our instructors have experience working in and owning salons and can help you meet your goals. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see if a future in beauty is perfect for you!⁠
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
As Pivot Point Academy is a personal care facility, the mask requirement at our academy, student salon, barber clinic, and spa is still in effect until we have guidelines from the IL Department of Public Health. When additional information becomes available, we will let you know. Thank you for your understanding.⁠
We are loving how these curls turned out by our student @allthingsbeautifaly!⁠
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If you need a fresh trim, visit our student barber clinic! 💈 Contact us today to schedule your appointment. ⁠
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If you’re ready to pursue a future in beauty, let’s talk! We have experience working with the future professionals of the beauty industry, and we are passionate about training the next generation. 💗  We offer programs in:⁠
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Let’s talk about this beautiful haircut by our student @hairbychristinealexis! We are loving these soft, long layers that bring out so much dimension in her client’s hair. ✨⁠
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Your future as a barber could start sooner than you think. 💈 If you have a passion for cutting and styling men’s hair, our barbering program could be the perfect fit for you. Find out more about Pivot Point Academy and see if we’re the perfect fit for you.⁠
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Welcome to our new cosmetology class!✨ #iampivotpoint #pivotpointacademy #pivotpoint
Congratulations Madison for completing the Esthetics program. Much success to you!✨
Congratulations Lorena for completing the Esthetics program. Much success to you! ✨ @glowinsidendout

Testimonials

  • 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!

    Julianna P.

    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!

    Natalie G.