Embrace the Diversity: Meet Our Mannequins with Textured Hair

February 19th, 2024

Have You Met Our Mannequins?

In the ever-evolving world of hairdressing, staying ahead of the game requires continuous learning and mastering of diverse techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a budding stylist, having the right tools is essential for honing your skills. At Pivot Point, we take pride in introducing our remarkable mannequins with the most extensive range of textured hair, offering a realistic and diverse platform for schools and professionals to practice and perfect their craft.

The Steaming Process

What sets our mannequins apart is the meticulous steaming process that their hair undergoes. Unlike traditional methods that involve harsh chemicals, our technique ensures the creation of varying hair textures without compromising the quality of the hair. This commitment to a chemical-free process guarantees that the hair retains its natural strength and shine, providing a realistic canvas for hairstylists to work on.

A World of Curl Patterns

At Pivot Point, we believe in celebrating the beauty of all hair types. Our mannequins boast an impressive range of curl patterns, from the subtle waves to the tightest coils. This diversity enables professionals and students alike to learn, practice, and build confidence in working with a wide array of hair textures. Gone are the days of limiting your expertise to a specific type of hair – our mannequins open up a world of possibilities for embracing and mastering the art of curls.

Realistic Results

The goal of any hairstylist is to achieve realistic and stunning results for their clients. With our textured hair mannequins, this goal becomes more achievable than ever. The life-like quality of the hair, coupled with the diverse textures, ensures that practicing on our mannequins translates seamlessly into real-world applications. Professionals can refine their techniques and experiment with different styles, knowing that the results will be as authentic as if they were working with a client.

Educational Empowerment

For educational institutions, our mannequins become invaluable tools in grooming the next generation of hairstylists. By providing a diverse range of textured hair options, educators can create a more inclusive learning environment. Students graduate with the confidence and expertise to cater to a wide spectrum of clients, regardless of their hair type.

Texture Starts Here

Pivot Point is proud to present a revolution in the world of hairdressing education with our mannequins featuring the most extensive range of textured hair. Through a commitment to a chemical-free steaming process, a celebration of diverse curl patterns, and a dedication to realistic results, our mannequins stand as the ultimate tools for professionals and students alike. Embrace the beauty of curls, refine your skills, and step into a world of endless possibilities with our textured hair mannequins. Explore and shop our full lineup of textured hair mannequins.

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Mastering Textured Hair: Elevate Your Expertise

February 15th, 2024

Are you a cosmetology or barbering school eager to teach your students textured hair education? Pivot Point offers a comprehensive education program designed to equip learners with the essential knowledge and skills needed to master the art of servicing diverse hair textures. From foundational theories on caring for natural textures to hands-on workshops focusing on cutting, coloring, styling and more, Pivot Point’s curriculum ensures learners are prepared for any desired result. Dive into these lessons that blend theory with technical workshops tailored to diverse hair textures.

Digitally blended with our online learning platform, LAB, schools can provide a seamless educational experience with textured hair content, while additional resources such as the DEI-B (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) Beauty Industry Reference and Glossary of Terms offer industry-specific information and key definitions to enhance their skills and showcase our commitment to textured hair.

The language of texture can help stylists communicate with their clients, and it can serve as a guide to select the right products and services. But what may be wavy to one person might differ from stylist to stylist. It is a huge benefit to the entire texture ecosystem to have consistency when defining different textures. ~ Michelle Breyer – Founder of Naturally Curly

Pivot Point also offers the widest range of 100% human-textured hair mannequins, including the revolutionary Multi-Texture Quad training mannequin, perfect for both students and professionals alike. Help learners practice and refine their skills on real, high-quality hair to ensure they’re fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of their clients.

Elevate your expertise in textured hair education and embark on a journey that will set you apart in the world of cosmetology and barbering. Learn more about staying ahead, being confident, and succeeding with Pivot Point.

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Textured Hair Research

January 19th, 2024

It’s estimated that 65% of the world’s consumer population have textured hair, making it increasingly important that the salon industry can best accommodate these customers.

  • It’s about respect and fairness: Everyone deserves a stylist or barber who gets their hair, no matter its curl pattern or thickness.
  • It opens doors to new clients: Mastering textured hair opens doors to a larger market, attracting clients who might otherwise feel unwelcome or underserved. This can lead to increased business growth and revenue opportunities.
  • It’s about happier clients: Textured hair has unique cut, color and styling needs. By embracing textured hair, stylists help clients love their natural beauty and challenge negative stereotypes.
  • It’s about more loyal clients: Professionals who understand and appreciate textured hair can craft personalized styles that suit clients’ preferences and hair types. This builds trust and long-term client relationships.
  • And it’s about creating a welcoming and empowering space for everyone.

As texture gets (deservedly) more attention in the professional beauty space, Pivot Point shares some key insights from our research – identifying the challenges – and the opportunities – related to texture education.

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE RESEARCH FINDING #1

Understanding Texture is Critical for Future Professionals – Salons are Turning Down Services

  • Salons are seeing growing demand for texture services
  • However, many stylists have had limited school exposure or professional expertise. They lack the confidence to accept texture customers – and salons and stylists are losing customers + revenue
  • Stylists who are uncomfortable with their skills may leave the industry
  • This has also become a legislative issue – starting with the CROWN Act and certain states (e.g., NY) requiring cosmetology schools to include texture training in their curriculum

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE RESEARCH FINDING #2

Schools and Instructors Struggle to Teach Texture

  • They don’t always understand the relationship between texture and DEI-B, which students expect them to understand
  • They aren’t always sure how and where to add texture content to their current curriculum
  • They don’t always have access to, or additional funds to purchase, appropriate texture teaching tools

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE RESEARCH FINDING #3

Brands are increasingly offering texture education to accommodate their professional customers

  • Virtually all professional brands are expanding their texture education
  • Training techniques are now being taught for multiple textures

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE RESEARCH FINDING #4

Texture is Not Discussed Consistently

  • There are no standard terms, references or charts across beauty schools, salons or brands
  • Different terms across communities lead to confusion and bad customer outcomes

The language of texture can help stylists communicate with their clients, and it can serve as a guide to select the right products and services. But what may be wavy to one person might differ from stylist to stylist. It is a huge benefit to the entire texture ecosystem to have consistency when defining different textures.

Michelle Breyer – Founder, NaturallyCurly.com

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE RESEARCH FINDING #5

There is Confusion About the Larger Texture and Diversity Conversation

  • There are different names for related topics
    • DEI-B (diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging)
    • ESG (environmental, social, governance)
    • CSR (corporate social responsibility)
  • Depending on who you talk to, the scope of the conversation varies – these can include many different things, including gender, ethnicity, age, orientation, etc.
  • There is confusion about DEI-B and the law – for example, understanding The Crown Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair)

PIVOT POINT TEXTURE SOLUTIONS

Pivot Point provides comprehensive education, specialized mannequins, tools, and resources that build confidence and competence in textured hair care.

Our commitment goes beyond our products and includes our active involvement in industry diversity initiatives (BEAUTY+), research, and textured hair recognition program with Intercoiffure as examples of our mission to help the industry best understand and embrace texture.

Join us in building an inclusive industry where everyone feels confident and celebrated for their unique hair.

  • Pivot Point texture education provides a language and reference tools that enable effective texture conversations in virtually all situations
  • Texture content is integrated into the curriculum, making it easy for schools to offer a strong texture offering
  • We offer a wealth of supporting materials, including detailed video tutorials and Product guides, providing the right tools and products for every texture
  • Pivot Point provides real-world educational content through our collaborations with industry leaders to reflect the latest trends and techniques
  • The highest quality, most realistic mannequins: A collection of mannequins (from straight to wavy to coily) that mirror the complete range of curl patterns.
  • Specialty mannequins – our revolutionary Texture Quad mannequin provides a cost-effective way to train students and professionals on textured hair
  • Our DEI-B Industry Reference and our DEI-B Glossary of Terms clearly explain texture and other DEI-B related topics that provide the cultural sensitivity training to  understand and accommodate the unique needs and preferences of diverse clients
  • Learn more >>

Pivot Point Research

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ODOT: Help Us Support Our Industry

January 15th, 2024

Attention beauty, barber and wellness schools! Are you ready to make a difference?

As a founding member of Beauty Changes Lives, a non-profit that has proudly raised over $7.5 million for scholarships and grants impacting over 1,500 students and their families, allow me to introduce you to an exciting initiative, “One Day. One Ticket. One Million Possibilities.”, benefiting the programs of Beauty Changes Lives—the leading 501(c)(3) foundation committed to elevating our industry as a first-choice career. We offer scholarships, mentorships, grants and unwavering support to both emerging and practicing professionals.

I know that we can all agree that we’ve chosen the best career, the best profession and the best choice for our life’s path. Now, with “One Day. One Ticket.” we can give back to the industry that has enriched our lives in so many ways. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 for Beauty Changes Lives programs and the AACS Gainful Employment legal fund to help protect your business and advocate for the industry that has done so much for all of us.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • On Thursday, March 21, 2024, we’d like your school to donate the equivalent of just ONE full-service ticket per student to Beauty Changes Lives! (P.S.: You can also send the full day of tickets and even ask your clients to donate, but we’re just asking for one full-service ticket per student.) We’ve made it easy to send in the donation through our online platform, and don’t worry; we’ll send you an email with all that info on the day of!
  • Visit the registration page to register ASAP! Registration is $60 for schools and grants access to our program packet, complete with digital marketing materials, printable pieces for your campus, four t-shirts for staff, forty buttons for students and the chance to be part of something truly special. The due date to place your order and receive your packet is FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024.
  • Once you receive your packet, get the marketing materials up and display them proudly in your school to get everyone excited for the big day. On the actual day of activation, wear your Beauty Changes Lives t-shirts and buttons and start posting all your actions and progress on social media to get everyone excited about our day of giving back and empowering the future of our industry!

Let’s demonstrate to our students the value of giving back, show the difference each of us can make and get everyone excited about empowering the future of beauty.

Together, we can make change, one transformative experience at a time.

Don’t miss out! Go to the registration page to register now. Your support matters!

Thank you,

Robert Passage
CEO
Pivot Point International

Pivot Point For All

PIVOT POINT INTERNATIONAL, INC. | 8725 West Higgins Road | Suite 700 | Chicago, IL 60631 | 847-866-0500

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Cap Series: A Better Mannequin

January 02nd, 2024

One Reusable Headform. Endless Learning Possibilities!

Step into a foamless future with the Cap Series – a collection of meticulously crafted mannequins designed to revolutionize the industry. Our comprehensive market research has paved the way for an unparalleled product launch, ensuring that our latest innovation meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of our valued customers.

Premium Quality

The next generation of mannequins has arrived, designed to take your hair styling skills to the next level! Handmade with meticulous care and crafted to perfection, the Cap Series is the ultimate tool for any hairstylist looking to create stunning looks. Whether you’re practicing new techniques, experimenting with different styles, or perfecting your craft, the Cap Series provides a realistic, lifelike educational experience. Don’t settle for less – take your skills to new heights!

Innovative Design

The ultimate space-saving solution that will transform the way you organize your school, salon, or barbershop! Our innovative product is designed to maximize your available space by providing efficient storage solutions that are both practical and convenient. Say goodbye to cluttered classrooms and overstuffed lockers and hello to a clean, organized space. With the Cap Series, you can store more mannequins in less space, making it the perfect solution for a clutter-free life!

Cap Series Step-By-Step

Eco-Friendly

Introducing our newest line of sustainably produced mannequins, designed with both you and the planet in mind. We understand the importance of sustainable production methods, which is why we have taken great care in sourcing materials that are both environmentally friendly and socially responsible. By choosing the Cap Series, you are making a conscious choice to support a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us in our commitment to creating a better world, one ethical purchase at a time!

Ethically Made

SA8000 is a globally recognized certification committed to upholding ethical and fair labor practices that adhere to strict standards for worker rights. When you choose Pivot Point, you can trust that the products were ethically manufactured in a socially responsible manner. Help support companies that prioritize well-being and safety by making responsible purchasing decisions that positively impact the lives of workers around the world. It’s the first step in making a difference today!

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Re-cap!

“These caps are going to change the game when it comes to mannequin heads.” ~ Elizabeth Faye of Hair Love Retreat

Learn more about our next generation of mannequins!

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Mastering Textured Hair: Empowering The Industry

December 19th, 2023

Our commitment to textured hair begins with education in a dynamic journey to continuously shape the future of beauty. As a dedicated educational partner, we lay the groundwork for success through a foundation of comprehensive knowledge. Our curriculum dives deep into the intricate world of all hair textures, ensuring schools and learners remain at the forefront of industry needs.

EDUCATION DESIGNED FOR SUSTAINABLE CAREERS.

Our comprehensive program focuses on foundational theories so learners understand how to care for natural texture. Hands-on workshops focus on how to adapt cutting, coloring, and styling techniques to every client’s need, preparing learners for any desired result. Digitally blended with our online learning platform, LAB, schools can provide a seamless educational experience.

TOOLS TO SUPPORT THE EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY.

We go beyond education by providing tools that support the entire educational journey. With the most extensive range of textured hair mannequins, we offer schools and professionals alike realistic tools to practice and master their craft. Our unique hair usage chart was designed to help make workshops easy, guiding educators on maximizing hair value and minimizing waste.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

We are committed to providing the industry with all the tools needed to succeed. Our DEI-B (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) Beauty Industry Reference and Glossary of Terms offer industry-specific information and key definitions to enhance skills and boost confidence.

“The language of texture can help stylists communicate with their clients, and it can serve as a guide to select the right products and services. But what may be wavy to one person might differ from stylist to stylist. It is a huge benefit to the entire texture ecosystem to have consistency when defining different textures.” ~ Michelle Breyer – Founder of Naturally Curly

Whether you want to enhance your school’s curriculum, practice your skills, or learn industry terms, we have all the tools you need to get started.

Learn more about staying ahead, being confident, and succeeding with Pivot Point.

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Price Drop Sale Ending Soon

December 04th, 2023

HAIR TODAY. GONE TOMORROW!

It’s not too late to get yourself or your favorite hairdresser the perfect gift this year! At Pivot Point, we believe the holiday season should be all about pampering yourself and your loved ones. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer up to 50% off on some of your favorite products. But hurry, this deal won’t last!

Sale Ends 12/15/23

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*Download a complete list of all the products on sale!

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*Not all products in the downloadable PDF are listed on our website. Contact us at [email protected] or call 847-866-0500 to place a discounted order on those products. Or reach out directly to your dedicated Client Success representative for assistance.

Expires on December 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Prices are subject to change without notice. Offers good only in the United States. Sezzle: On orders over $75. Subject to approval.

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New LAB Updates Are Live!

November 29th, 2023

At Pivot Point International, we are committed to continually improving the educational journey for our users. Your feedback has been invaluable, and we are thrilled to offer you a sneak peek into the exciting enhancements that await you. Our latest LAB updates are designed to streamline your experience, foster a secure testing environment, and provide educators with powerful tools for efficient classroom management.

SEE WHAT’S NEW

LAB Navigation Bar

NAVIGATION BAR: Navigating Knowledge with Ease

 We understand the importance of a smooth learning experience, and that’s why we’re introducing a user-friendly navigation bar. Say goodbye to the hassles of searching for lessons – now, with our intuitive navigation bar, moving through lessons is a breeze. Effortlessly explore the vast knowledge available on our platform, making your educational journey more enjoyable and efficient.

LAB Safe Exam Browser

SAFE EXAM BROWSER: Elevating Exam Security

Online exams are an integral part of modern education, and ensuring their security is paramount. Introducing our Safe Exam Browser, a downloadable app that adds an extra layer of protection. This feature allows you to lock down learners’ browsers during online exams, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access and ensuring the integrity of the assessment process. Please note that while this app is currently not available on Android devices, we are actively working to expand its compatibility. Please note this app is currently not available on Android devices.

LAB Calendar Import and Export

CALENDAR IMPORT AND EXPORT: Effortless Management

Managing multiple calendars can be a challenge, especially in an educational setting. We’ve made it easier for you by introducing Calendar Import and Export functionality. Now, you can effortlessly manage all your calendars in one place within LAB platform. Import and export calendars seamlessly, ensuring that you stay organized and on top of your schedule.

LAB Help Desk

HELP DESK: Support at Your Fingertips

Getting help is now more accessible than ever with LAB’s home page support widget. Whether you have a technical issue, need assistance with a lesson, or simply have a question, our Help Desk is just a click away. We are dedicated to providing timely and effective support, ensuring that your learning experience remains smooth and enjoyable.

LAB New Graduate Role

NEW GRADUATE ROLE: Simplifying Class Management

In response to your feedback, we are excited to introduce a new feature that simplifies class management for educators. Now, educators can transition learners to a “graduate role,” streamlining class rosters and reporting. This enhancement empowers educators to focus on personalized learning experiences, fostering a more engaging and effective educational environment.

ENHANCED ONLINE LEARNING AWAITS

Pivot Point is driven by a passion for enhancing the educational experience. These most recent features are a testament to our commitment to innovation and your feedback’s pivotal role in shaping our platform. We can’t wait for you to explore these enhancements and experience a more user-friendly, secure, and efficient learning environment. Enjoy exploring these exciting updates, and thank you for being a part of our educational community.

 

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Annual Price Drop Event

November 24th, 2023

TRIM THE COST. TRIM THE HAIR!

This holiday shopping season, we’re cutting prices so you can cut hair! Unlock amazing discounts of up to 50% off with a handpicked selection of products, from mannequins and swatches to shears and combs. Don’t let these incredible deals slip through your hair-twirling fingers!

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*Download a complete list of all the products on sale!

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*Not all products in the downloadable PDF are listed on our website. Contact us at [email protected] or call 847-866-0500 to place a discounted order on those products. Or reach out directly to your dedicated Client Success representative for assistance.

Expires on December 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Prices are subject to change without notice. Offers good only in the United States. Sezzle: On orders over $75. Subject to approval.

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Celebrating Excellence: Robert Passage Honored with the Aurie J. Gosnell Award

November 05th, 2023

At the 68th annual conference of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC), an event that brings together the best and brightest in the world of cosmetology, a momentous celebration took place. Robert Passage, the Chairman and CEO of Pivot Point International, was awarded the prestigious Aurie J. Gosnell Award, an honor that recognizes his outstanding contributions to the cosmetology industry. This award is a tribute to Aurie Elizabeth Jackson Gosnell, an iconic figure in the cosmetology world whose legacy has left an indelible mark on the industry. What’s even more remarkable is that Robert Passage shares this recognition with his industry colleague, competitor, and, most importantly, friend, Sanda Bruce, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Milady at Cengage Group.

A Legacy of Excellence: The Aurie J. Gosnell Award is not just any accolade; it is a symbol of excellence, dedication, and enduring impact. Named after the remarkable founder of NIC, Aurie Elizabeth Jackson Gosnell, this award serves as a testament to her lasting influence on the cosmetology industry. Aurie Gosnell’s invaluable contributions have enriched our field in countless ways, and her legacy continues to inspire and shape the future of cosmetology education.

Honoring a Champion: Robert Passage’s receipt of the Aurie J. Gosnell Award is a reflection of his unwavering commitment to the cosmetology industry. As the Chairman and CEO of Pivot Point International, Robert has dedicated his career to advancing the field and ensuring that it thrives. His passion for the industry is unwavering, and he ardently champions its growth and development.

A Remarkable Partnership: It’s also worth noting that Robert Passage shared the spotlight with Sanda Bruce, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Milady at Cengage Group. The fact that two industry powerhouses, who have competed and collaborated over the years, were jointly honored with the Aurie J. Gosnell Award is a testament to their remarkable contributions. This recognition underscores their shared commitment to elevating the cosmetology field and their ability to drive positive change together.

A Family Legacy: The passage of excellence runs deep in the Passage family. In 2011, Robert’s father, Leo Passage, was posthumously honored with the same prestigious award. This significant detail highlights the enduring legacy of excellence that runs through their family and, by extension, the entire cosmetology industry. The Passage family’s contributions have undoubtedly shaped the industry in profound ways, and this recognition is a tribute to their lasting impact.

Conclusion: The Aurie J. Gosnell Award is not just a recognition; it’s a celebration of excellence, dedication, and passion for the cosmetology industry. Robert Passage and Sanda Bruce, with their joint achievement, inspire all of us to aim for greater heights and leave a lasting legacy in our respective fields. Pivot Point International takes immense pride in having a leader like Robert Passage, and we look forward to the continued growth and innovation he and the company will bring to the cosmetology industry. Congratulations to Robert Passage and Sanda Bruce for this well-deserved honor!

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