Salonability: Cut, Color, Style Is Now Available

July 23rd, 2023

Are you passionate about the art of hairdressing and eager to take your skills to the next level? If so, we have fantastic news for you! Pivot Point International, a leading name in the beauty industry, has launched an innovative educational product called “Salonability: Cut, Color, Style.” This groundbreaking program is designed to provide aspiring hairdressers and seasoned professionals with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in the dynamic world of hair fashion.

Salon Reality, Individuality and Authenticity

We all celebrate the beauty of individuality and expect everyone to be able to express themselves authentically. Individual style and sense of self are constantly evolving. Our role as hair designers is to help people feel beautiful, confident, and seen at each step of their journey. Salonability: Cut, Color & Style features eight models representing people you might see in your salon, and highlights ways you can enhance their hair’s texture, color and style to reflect their uniqueness. With 8 cuts, 8 color techniques and 15 styling designs, this comprehensive program encapsulates the unique diversity of our world today. We’ve included a range of models in age, face shapes, body shapes and hair types, from curly to wavy to straight hair and from long to short looks. With 2 step-by-step books, stunning layouts, fabulous packaging, a style selector with fashion images, theory and glossary pages, stylist interviews, and our redesigned Pivot Point AR app, this product is packed full of rich content.

Unleash Your Creative Potential

As any hairstylist knows, creativity is the heart and soul of hairdressing. Salonability embraces this spirit and offers a comprehensive program that focuses on three essential pillars of hairdressing: cutting, coloring, and styling. The program is carefully curated to empower you with the skills required to unleash your creative potential and translate your artistic visions into stunning hair transformations.

Interactive and Engaging Learning Experience

Pivot Point International understands that education should be both enjoyable and informative. With Salonability, you’ll experience a dynamic and interactive learning journey that combines step-by-step technical workshops with video, all accessible by AR codes. This unique approach ensures that you receive a well-rounded education that goes beyond theory and enables you to apply your knowledge effectively in practical scenarios.

Industry-Experienced Educators

At the heart of the Salonability program are the industry-experienced educators who are passionate about grooming the next generation of hairdressing maestros. These instructors bring with them a wealth of experience, insider tips, and industry trends, providing you with invaluable insights that go beyond standard textbooks. Their experience and passion will empower you to build the confidence needed to excel in your craft.

Cutting-Edge Techniques

Salonability keeps you at the forefront of the hairdressing world by incorporating cutting-edge techniques into its curriculum. From classic and precision cuts to contemporary and avant-garde styles, you’ll master a diverse range of cutting techniques that cater to various hair types and customer preferences. The program also includes in-depth training in hair coloring, ensuring that you become a true master of color transformations.

Styling for All Occasions

As a hairdresser, versatility is key, and Salonability recognizes this by offering comprehensive styling training for all occasions. Whether you’re creating elegant designs, chic looks for fashion shows, or edgy styles for music videos, this program equips you with the skills to tackle any styling challenge with confidence and finesse.

Unlocking Career Opportunities

One of the most exciting aspects of Salonability is the career-focused approach it takes. Not only will you become proficient in cut, color, and style, but you’ll also receive valuable skills for building a successful career in the hairdressing industry to help you thrive as a well-rounded professional.

Kickstart Your Future

If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in hairdressing or desire to take your current skills to new heights, Pivot Point International’s Salonability: Cut, Color, Style program is the perfect platform to make your aspirations a reality. With an interactive and engaging learning experience led by industry-experienced educators, you’ll acquire the expertise and confidence needed to become a sought-after hairstylist in a competitive industry.

Invest in your future today and embark on an exciting journey towards hairdressing excellence with Salonability. Let your creativity soar and make your mark in the world of cut, color, and style!

Contact us for information regarding seminar opportunities in various markets.



Salonability: Cut | Color | Style Logo


Pivot Point Proudly Sponsors Rise of Hair

October 18th, 2022

A new concept in education, Byrd Mena founded the @riseofhair event to join the barber and hairdressing communities and combine art, fashion, and hair in one dynamic show, sponsored by @wahlpro, @booksybiz, and @pivotpointintl. Born out of necessity to bring the new generation of hairstylists and barbers an elevated experience that excites the senses, RoH is a mash-up of fashion, photography, social media, networking and trend releases. Held in an intimate setting, hosted by @byrdmena and @mattyriccs, allowed the attendees to immerse themselves in a 2-day long experience where boundaries cease to exist, artistic interpretation is endless, and inspiration is found in each artist that shares their talents.

The first day set the tone for the weekend by allowing attendees to interact on an intimate level with the RoH artists, guest speakers, and fellow hair professionals. While education is paramount, the relationships developed along the way were equally important. This first day reinforced the aspects of our industry that take place outside the scope of artistry. The connections fostered during this event are the first step in creating lifelong relationships. Collaboration is invaluable and becoming part of the Rise of Hair community is something that persists beyond the event.

Rise of Hair Pivot Point Mannequins

All about education! Day two is when attendees experienced advanced level education from multiple world-renowned artists, who also showcased finished looks. As you know, the fusion of our artistry with fashion is essential. This year showcased a full-scale runway show that combined hair artists with fashion brands, creating total looks that highlight the synergy between our industries. This was a celebration of the marriage between hair and fashion that not only represents the current trends but also sets the tone for the future.

Byrd Mena Rise of Hair Pivot Point

Meet the artists at

Rise of Hair Pivot Point Mannequins


Pivot Point Challenges the Status Quo | Hair Love Retreat

August 13th, 2019



Ok babes… Pivot Point is the real MVP! Their mannequins are our go-to for our Hair Love Retreat event! They have been a leader in the hair education industry for over 55 years and their core is rooted in their people. They care about the quality of their products and facilities, their employees and their customers!

Hair Love Retreat Mannequin Work

So… Why should you #lookforthetag?

Pivot Point promises that their products are the best quality and are held to the highest standards, and it all starts in manufacturing. They not only care about the sources of their products, but how they are being made.


This is why you can find the SA8000 TAG on all of their hair manufactured products. The SA8000 certification solidifies their commitment to human rights by guarding against the use of child and forced labor, discrimination and unfair disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation. They promise that all of their mannequins are manufactured in facilities that abide by these ethical practices.


–Leo Passage (Founder of PivotPoint)

This is why they started the #LOOKFORTHETAG campaign. This campaign encourages anyone in the industry to abide by these standards! When you see the SA8000 tag on a mannequin, you are assured that the manufacturing facility meets high standards for working conditions.

Check out this video to learn more about the SA8000 Standard and the impact that it has on those people’s lives who are working for Pivot Point!

Hair Love Retreat Mannequin Work 3

So WHY does this all matter? WHY should you care?

We’re all here to support each other and Pivot Point has made it a goal to provide their employees with the best working conditions and the end users with the best product. What’s not to love?


Hair Love Retreat Mannequin Work 2


Pivot Point mannequins were used at several of our education classes at our Hair Love Retreat! They stole the show at our paint party, Laced Hair Extensions, and haircutting workshops!

We are SO grateful to have Pivot Point be apart of our tribe and for their passion in creating amazing products, all while maintaining the highest industry standards!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Pivot Point!

August 13, 2019 | Hair Love Retreat



April 11th, 2019

Furthering its dedication to serving the beauty industry with top-of-the-line beauty tools and education, ERGO Styling Tools just announced its new strategic partnership with Pivot Point International, Inc.

Pivot Point is considered the world leader in developing and deploying educational content and teaching aids for future hair and beauty professionals.

With its robust portfolio of educational programs and tools, Pivot Point does an excellent job at supporting cosmetology and barbering students—enhancing their skills and creativity. This leads to confident, successful professionals who build sustainable careers in the hair and beauty industries. All that makes this partnership a perfect alignment with ERGO’s purpose.

With this new partnership, students and stylists alike will have more options to utilize the best tools and education in the industry.

Hair and beauty schools are at the beginning of many successful careers, and the leadership of Pivot Point has inspired me to collaborate with them to give students a head start to a healthier, longer and more prosperous career. With our shared goal of graduating better “finishers” and communicators, the ERGO team is proud to affirm that cosmetology and barbering schools and salons and shops worldwide will benefit in many new ways from the collaboration between Pivot Point and ERGO Styling Tools,” said Robert Reed, founder and owner of ERGO Styling Tools.

As part of our corporate mission, we are dedicated to fostering the growth of sustainable careers in the hair and beauty industries. Our partnership with ERGO Styling Tools goes hand-in-hand with that mission and assists us in providing quality tools that will enable our graduates to acquire career longevity,” said Robert Passage, CEO of Pivot Point International.

April 11, 2019 | Estetica


Pivot Point Offers New Fundamentals: Barbering Online Curriculum

March 15th, 2019

The lightning speed at which barbering has undergone its recent revamp means education couldn’t always quite keep pace—but things are changing. Enter Pivot Point’s newly launched Fundamentals: Barbering online undergraduate curriculum, specifically tailored for today’s generation of men’s groomers. To conceive it, top Pivot Point members first spent time researching the barbering industry, consulting tonsorial experts throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and learning about the craft’s rich history. “It was important to respect the many cultural aspects that make barbering a dynamic field,” shares Sabine Held-Perez, Senior Director of Education Innovation. Yet Pivot Point likewise wanted its revamped education to keep pace with today’s trends—especially the ever-evolving whims of consumers. “Current clients expect to feel pampered during services, and to be able to recreate the same looks at home,” explains Held-Perez. Further, the course requires a systematic approach to teaching, where students master the technical base needed to consistently achieve predicted results by design, rather than by chance.

Such intentionality is part of what it means to be a 21st-century learner. “Students prefer to actively discover information, rather than have it told to them,” Held-Perez reveals. “They enjoy collaborating with peers for recognition and expect to do it all via digital devices.”

Pivot Point’s program reflects these paradigm shifts, consisting of online activities, discussion groups and mini quizzes that provide instant feedback while making training social. Text is concise, written in language that sounds like conversation between colleagues as opposed to one-way lectures. “Every learner graduates with the foundational knowledge, design skills and consultation experience necessary for long-term barbering success,” enthuses Held-Perez.

The Basics:13 Areas of Course Study

• Life Skills
• Science
• Business
• Client-Centered Design
• Foundational Cuts
• Tapered Cuts and Fades
• Style
• Shaving and Beard Design
• Hair Replacement
• Color
• Perm and Relax
• Skin
• Nails

Meet the Masters

Five top experts played a hand in developing Fundamentals: Barbering.

Sofie Pok: Advised on transitioning from cosmetology to barbering, plus how to work with hair that’s longer on top—an area in which many barbers feel challenged.

Chris Foster: Brought traditional British tress perspectives, plus classic design and grooming styles.

Anthony Giannotti: Lent entrepreneurial knowledge gleaned from running his two barbershops, along with stellar flat-top skills.

Martin Truong: Shared business insight as it relates to planning for profitability.

Roderick Samuels: Ensured lessons were applicable to undergrads.

March 15, 2019 | Beauty Launchpad


Pivot Point Launches New Barbering Education Program, Fundamentals: Barbering

September 12th, 2018

With the world of barbering and men’s grooming continuing to rise in popularity, the need for great barbering education is more important than ever. Pivot Point decided to introduce its new program, Fundamentals: Barbering, as a way to challenge the status quo.

The creation of the program began with research alongside barbers and cutting experts from around the world. A team of Pivot Point educators collaborated with barbering experts including Sofie PokChris Foster and Anthony Giannotti as they developed the program.

The team knew they wanted to create a dynamic education. Although techniques, looks and equipment trends can change, Pivot Point still believed that professional barbers needed a solid technical foundation that would allow them to pick up skills quickly and with proficiency.

“We wanted to be sure that when we provided barbering education, it would totally surpass the expectations of the barbering community and meet the demands of today’s learners,” said Jennifer Eckstein, Pivot Point Sr. Director, Global Marketing and Business Development. “Because barbering education had not been presented differently in a very long time, Pivot Point’s focus is on the success of today’s generation of barbers, schools and the success of barber shop owners everywhere.”

Among the insights incorporated into Pivot Point’s Fundamentals: Barbering was the realization that although barbering is a craft for cutting, dressing, grooming, trimming, styling and shaving, it is also an art form and culture that strives for perfection, artistry, individualism and technique. These aspects can be challenging to those wanting become a barber.

The program follows a process that promoted exploration, engagement, experience and expansion. It also aims to help build the students’ self-esteem so they can connect their skills to what will be expected once they’re in the barbershop. The program is designed so that the students will know how to be resourceful and creative in their businesses.

In addition to these life lessons, Fundamentals: Barbering will cover a variety of areas including science, business education, client-centered design, foundational cuts, taper cuts and fades, style, shaving and beard design.

September 12, 2018 | Modern Salon

Memo Exclusive: Pivot Point Promotes Rights

November 03rd, 2017

A leader in hair and beauty education for more than half a century, Pivot Point International is now a pioneer in a different field of education—creating awareness in the beauty industry about social accountability standards. The company’s campaign, “Look for the Tag,” launches November 2017, and is supported by a video detailing how purchasing decisions impact laborers’ working conditions globally.

Look for the Tag
Four years ago, Pivot Point took the initiative of acquiring SA8000 certification on all of its manufactured hair products. Established by Social Accountability International (SAI), SA8000 ensures Pivot Point mannequins are manufactured in a facility that:
• Guards against forced and child labor.
• Provides the workers with a healthy and safe working
• Respects the rights of workers to join unions.
• Practices zero tolerance for discrimination.

The “Look for the Tag” campaign encourages beauty professionals in all areas of the industry to make this type of certification a priority. When you see the SA8000 tag on a mannequin, you are assured that the manufacturing facility meets high standards for working conditions.

“As the saying goes, you don’t know what you don’t know,” says Pivot Point Chairman and CEO Robert Passage. “Pivot Point had a longstanding relationship with a manufacturer in China, and didn’t question the working conditions there until one of our customers asked us to sign an affidavit stating that we manufactured our mannequins in an ethical manner. At that time, we could not sign that statement. So we stalled all of our manufacturing while we investigated. Not long after, we were able to have all of our hair product manufacturing certified. When that customer audited us, we passed with flying colors and signed the affidavit.”

Right Way to do Business
The documentary video, which runs less than 15 minutes and will be posted at and shown across the industry, shows footage from the plant where Pivot Point mannequins are produced.

“Our new facility is modern and comfortable,” adds Brandon Passage, Hair Product Manager. “When we visited, we could tell that the workers were happy and had a wonderful work/life balance.”

Industry Voices Speak Out
The video also presents interviews with industry leaders and top hairdressers who use Pivot Point mannequins. Sam Villa, Eden Sassoon, Christopher Dove, John Simpson and other top names give their reasons for making ethical working conditions a priority. Villa also asks a question that others may be thinking: Why not manufacture hair mannequins in the United States?

“We’ve been trying to produce the very best mannequins in the market for the past 50 years,” Robert Passage explains. “Our mannequins are all produced by hand—the hairs implanted one at a time. A mannequin can take many hours to produce.”

In other words, the cost to produce mannequins in the U.S. would be prohibitive to stylists being able to use them.

Getting Certified
That level of labor was among the reasons Pivot Point chose SAI for the certification process.

“When any product is labor-intensive and a company is using offshore labor, SAI is a great place to start because it’s focused on the workforce,” Passage says. “As an industry leader, we continue to work hard to make ethical business decisions. Our moral compass must continually guide decision-making, including our commitment to operate ethically and lead with integrity. I encourage all manufacturers to look into certification, because it’s the right thing to do.”

November 3, 2017 | Modern Salon


Sponsor Spotlight: Pivot Point’s “Look for the Tag” Campaign

November 01st, 2017

MODERN SALON’s Healthy Hairdresser is a year-round program to encourage salon professionals to take care of themselves in body, spirit and business and is supported by generous sponsors: Beauty Changes Lives, Cosmetologists Chicago/America’s Beauty Show, CosmoProf, Matrix, Malibu C, Obliphica Professional, Pivot Point, Smart Step, Sola Salon Studios, Sport Clips and Ulta Beauty.

This November, Healthy Hairdresser sponsor Pivot Point International launches “Look for the Tag,” a campaign to raise awareness about human rights and the company’s commitment to social accountability standards.

The initiative encourages salon professionals to look for the special SA8000 certification tag on Pivot Point mannequins and to watch a documentary featuring footage from the company’s manufacturing facility in China along with interviews of salon industry leaders Sam Villa, Eden SassoonNick Stenson, Christopher Dove, John Simpson and others discussing what human rights mean to them.

The SA8000 tag indicates compliance with international labor integrity standards established by Social Accountability International (SAI), ensuring that Pivot Point mannequins are manufactured in a facility that:

• Guards against forced and child labor
• Provides the workers with a healthy and safe working environment
• Respects the rights of workers to join unions
• Practices zero tolerance for discrimination

“The SA8000 certification affords our partners the confidence that our educational hair goods are produced in sanctioned conditions,” says Chairman and CEO Robert Passage. “My father, Leo Passage, who founded Pivot Point, often said, ‘People are at the core of our business.’ Our moral compass must continually guide decision-making, including our commitment to lead with integrity.”

Also appearing in the video is Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, a social enterprise that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through digital work. “I believe that the best way to change the world happens long before you think about donating to charity,” Janah says. “It happens when you make your decision as a purchaser.”

Salon pros can look for the video in November at and, then look for the tag, and let clients and colleagues know you, too, care about workers’ rights.

November 1, 2017 | Modern Salon