13 April 2024

Wahl Barber Academy: training the next generation of barbers

The Wahl Barber Academy, this first-of-its-kind barber school, is scheduled to open this spring in Chicago, IL. Wahl Clipper Corporation partnered with Pivot Point Academy in this new venture.

Wahl Clipper Corporation recently announced exciting plans to open a new Wahl Barber Academy, the first-of-its-kind barber school, this spring in Chicago, IL. The Academy is in partnership with Pivot Point Academy, which will operate the school and oversee curriculum. The Wahl Barber Academy will continue a legacy of industry firsts by being an elite barbering institution designed to train the next generation of barber professionals.

Education has always been a cornerstone of Wahl’s philosophy. The opening of the Wahl Barber
Academy furthers our commitment to providing the educational excellence needed to succeed in the
barbering industry
,” said Lance Wahl, Senior Vice President of Professional Sales & Marketing at Wahl
Clipper Corporation

The award-winning team at Interworks Architecture is designing the modern-industrial 6,183-square-foot educational space located at 8501 W. Higgins in Chicago near O’Hare Airport, and easily accessed from the CTA blue line.

Training the next generation of professional barbers

The Wahl Barber Academy will equip future barbers with the skills needed to perform at the industry’s highest levels. With its reputation for developing exceptional new hair and beauty professionals, Wahl deemed Pivot Point Academy to be the ideal partner in this venture. Why? Mostly because both companies share a commitment to excellence and a drive to improve the beauty and barber industry.

The Wahl Barber Academy will create well-rounded, exceptional barbers. The students will learn hair cutting, shaving, grooming and basic skin care, along with the business skills necessary to prepare them to succeed in the men’s grooming industry,” said Denise Provenzano, Managing Partner and co-owner of Pivot Point Academy.

Wahl and Pivot Point Academy have assembled a team of leading licensed instructors who demonstrate technical skill and the ability to inspire and motivate students. Provenzano oversees faculty recruitment with Pivot Point Academy‘s Master Barber & Lead Educator Ken Washburn and School Director Michelle Lamantia.

A private grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, April 14, in advance of America’s Beauty Show. Classes will begin in Spring 2023. Guests will be able to schedule hair and grooming appointments with the next generation of leading barber students soon after.


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