ten Koppel joined Pivot Point in 1991 and ten years later, she opened an advanced beauty academy in Holland, Engels & ten Koppel Advanced Center. In those ten years, she went on to win hairdressing awards (Coiffure, the NAHA of the Netherlands) and to raise her profile in print, on television and stages worldwide. Pivot Point named her
Educator of the Year for three consecutive years and in 2001, she was named Pivot Point International Artistic Director making here responsible for the new salon education collection, Design Forum.
“I advise new beauty professionals to explore all the different options available, so you can see what will suit you the most,” she says. “If you find that out, try to hang out with good and talented people who can lift you up to where you want to be. Don't be afraid to ask! Offer to work for free and assist somebody you admire so you can see how they work. This is a great way to differentiate from the rest. Get as much education as you can. With passion and drive anything is possible along as you focus.“
In the end, the true testament to a teacher’s skill is her students. Alison Shipley, Editor of FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON’s Executive Editor of Social Media/Video, studied under ten Koppel. “While I was a student at Pivot Point Academy, I participated in a study abroad trip to London where we were lucky enough to have Yolly ten Koppel as our educator for the hands-on workshops help at the Sassoon Academy. As we were beginners, the sculptures Yolly intended for us to learn seemed extremely advanced. But her style of educating is so clearly understood that there were never any questions at the end of her demos. She really is so fantastic—it’s no surprise she’s won so many educator awards.”