When looking for hair education tools, it’s important to ensure you find a product that offers the best quality. There is nothing more frustrating than having your skills held back by tools that don’t make the cut!

So, here at Salons Direct we always make sure that we are bringing you leading training equipment and hair supplies – including a brilliant range of Pivot Point training heads!

Click here to see some of our favourite stylist creations using Pivot Point!

What are Pivot Point Training Heads?

Pivot Point training heads are high-quality handmade mannequins that are perfect for both trainee hairdressers and stylists looking to learn some new techniques – or just practice some old ones!

They feature 100% human hair which has achieved an SA8000 certification. This ensures all hair used is ethically produced in sanctioned conditions which fully guards against any unfair practices, pays fair wages, provides health insurance and provides a safe and healthy working environment.

The Pivot Point range includes an array of hairstyles, with varying lengths and colours to choose from. Unlike some other training heads on the market, Pivot Point’s hair length is measured with a 90-degree projection to give a more realistic idea of the length – rather than simply measuring from crown to tip.

Find Out More! Why Sophia Hilton Loves Pivot Point Training Heads

how to measure pivot point training head hair

We asked Pivot Point to give us some more information on how to use their training heads…

What makes Pivot Point heads different from other training heads on the market?

There are a combination of factors that make Pivot Point a really great product. We use premium quality hair that is processed slowly to produce the desired colour while maintaining natural elasticity and shine. It is then hand-implanted at natural angles to ensure it is as realistic as possible. We use more holes per cm2 with fewer hairs for a better density distribution, too.

In addition, we like to be honest about the hair we use. Many of our competitors simply state they use ‘natural hair’ – which could be from any animal! We are always open about when we use human hair vs animal hair – in fact, the goat hair we use is actually stronger than human hair and allows for more vibrant colouring!

Can colour and heat tools be used on all your Pivot Point training heads?

Yes. Apart from Peggy B, which is part synthetic, all the mannequins we sell in the UK are either 100% human, 100% goat hair or a mixture of both. Always read and follow the instructions that come with the mannequins.

Do you have any tips on how to best take care of your Pivot Point Training Heads?

We always advise that our mannequins are treated like humans. Humans can say ‘ouch’ but mannequins cannot!

  • Wash and condition the mannequins hair using good quality products. Rinse with warm/cool water.
  • Use styling products and heat protecting products when normally used.
  • Wash regularly to avoid a build up of hair spray and other products that could cause the hair to be dry and could therefore create more pull on the hair
  • On the long hair mannequins, gradually brush through from the tip first, moving up the hair to avoid excessive pull on the hair.
  • Always do a strand test before colouring

Do you have any advice for stylists on how to choose a training head to suit their needs? 

Most people tend to look for longer hair than they really need. The longer hair is exponentially more costly and is too often simply too heavy and long to work with compared to real clients.

Ask yourself this:

  • Do I need 40cm length hair for haircutting? Or will a premium quality mannequin with top quality hair of 30 cm length, with natural density and low implantation angles enable me to comfortably do 4-6 distinctly different haircuts?
  • Do I need to practice long hair updo’s on mannequins with 50cm length, which doesn’t reflect 99% of the customers I have in the salon?

At Salons Direct, we recommend starting with the Erika or Diane training heads. Both offer 12”-6” hair length, which is perfect for trying out any new styles, cuts or updos.

Take a look at these amazing Pivot Point training head creations for some inspiration!

Why not show off to your clients by sharing some of your most creative looks on Instagram like these talented stylists…

Mint & Mustard Waves From @glam.by.heather

Practice your vivid hair colouring techniques like Heather Mackenzie by choosing a high lift level blonde training head. Here, Heather uses Pulp Riot colour on a Pivot Point training head to put this bold look to the test. If, like Heather, you are looking for an eco-friendly alternative to foils, take a look at Paper Not Foil.

Shaggy Bronde by @danielmbeauty

View this post on Instagram

SHOULD I POST THE VIDEO OF HOW I TURNED A SOLID BLONDE INTO THIS DIMENSIONAL LOOK? Drop a ❤️ if I should!!!!!!! . So we always talk about going lighter, BUT, what about the babes that want some darkness put back in? I have a signature zig zag low lighting placement that will help you add dimension and pockets of depth back into the hair. It works 100%. For my low light I used @redken 07m, dash of 08c. All over gloss 010Vv and 09g . #redkenbrandambassador #ittakesapro . . . . . . . . . #pivotpoint @pivotpointintl #faceframe #lowlights #dimesnionalblonde #balayage #modernsalon #bestofbalayage #bestofombre #ombrebalayage #behindthechair #mastersofbalayage #americansalon #longhairdontcare #pasadenastylist #lastylist #sfstylist #nystylist

A post shared by Daniel M. (@danielmbeauty) on

We love how this Pivot Point training head has been transformed from solid blonde into a beautiful, sandy-toned brunette ombre. Add some shaggy texture and beachy waves and this is sure to be a client favourite – and totally on-point as one of 2020’s biggest hair trends.

Mulicoloured Mullet by @carolynjayun

View this post on Instagram

🌌 𝙽𝙴𝚅𝙴𝚁 𝚂𝚃𝙾𝙿 𝙲𝚁𝙴𝙰𝚃𝙸𝙽𝙶 🌠 Been having quite the time in my home studio creating some new lewks with different color pallettes. This color really came to life when I cut the hair using a razor to create loads of movement and texture 🗡 I added some extensions through the back because who doesn't love a good mullet!?🤘 If your looking for mannequin heads check Facebook marketplace. There's always loads on there. You can easily do 3-4 different colors and cuts on them if you plan it out properly. This mannequin has had 2 cuts and 2 different colors and she's still going strong 💪 Color application coming soon! Xx #noclientnoproblem #haircolor #joico #joicointensity #haircolor #rainbowhair #mullet #mannequinhead #freelance #sydneyhairdresser #sydneycolorist #lovemycraft

A post shared by CAROLYN J. GAHAN (@carolynjayun) on

One of the great things about training heads is you don’t need to worry about their reaction – unlike clients, who might not be in the mood for this multicoloured mullet! With a rusty-toned colour palette, a choppy fringe and hair extensions through the back, do you know any clients bold enough to try this look out?

A Festival Fantasy by @taya.hair

Why not get to work on your two-toned colour and elaborate braid work with a look inspired by this gorgeous style? Perfect for festivals, you will really show your clients what you can do when you show something like this off on your Instagram!

Beautiful Bridal Updo by @sabrinadijkman

When you have spare time on your hands, you can always keep those fingers busy by practising some gorgeous new bridal hair styles. This Natalia Training Head has been given some golden multi tonal blonde highlights and perfectly ‘undone’ braids for beautiful boho bridal style.

Related: 15 Minutes With Bridal Stylist Ulyana Aster

1 Head, 4 Ways by @jpattonsalon

Why not put your skills to the test and see how many makeovers you can give your training head? From the 70s shag to a sleek, face-framing fringe, this Pivot Point training head has seen it all! How many different ways can you style yours up?

Colourful Curtain Fringe by @kinganthonyyyy

Curtain fringes, texture and layers are back in a big way, so make sure you are ready for all clients requests by practicing some of the latest techniques. We love how this soft and feathery fringe pops out with a splash of colour.

Check out #lookforthetag on Instagram for more

Get your training head online now at Salons Direct – share with us what you create @salonsdirect!

More inspiration from the Salons Direct blog…

Creative Hair Colour Stylists on Insta You Need to Follow | New In! L’Oreal Majirel Glow Hair Colour | Bestselling Professional Hair Colour you NEED to Try