Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care & Nails is privately owned by a former military family and is located in Columbus, GA. Rivertown School of Beauty is a leader in the fields of Cosmetology, Barber, Skin Care, and Nail Classes. Ensuring the best quality of education, we offer one of the largest, most modern facilities in the Southeast. We carefully choose our instructors by the level of expertise and background experience they can offer our students. Our owner has successfully been graduating students for over 40 years. Employing the latest techniques and excellent instructor supervision, we at Rivertown School of Beauty take great pride in our graduates from our programs.

Rivertown's programs offer its graduates successful careers after graduation, and the taking and passing of the State Board Exams. These careers offer job security, optional job scheduling, financial security, and independence.

Mission Statement
Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care & Nails' mission is to provide vocational education and training leading to career development, graduation, state exam, licensing, and employability.

Phone:   Owner Mrs. Bobbie Dahl
Admissions 706-653-8032 Director Mrs. Jennifer Jones
Offices 706-653-6561 Financial
Mrs. Kay Carter
Mrs. Jackie Moseley
Appointments 706-653-9223 Admissions
Ms. Anne Ballentine
Fax 706-653-7109  

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Rivertown School of Beauty
4747-E Hamilton Road
Columbus, GA 31904
Located one block North of the Intersection of Manchester Expressway and Hamilton Road You can email us at:


Gainful Employment Disclosure Barber
Gainful Employment Disclosure Barber Instructor

The Rivertown School 1500 Hour Barber course is available during the day and evening.

The Barber course trains students in the complete curriculum as required by the Georgia State Board of Barbers. Students enrolled at Rivertown will receive their training under the direct supervision of a licensed, experienced Instructor. All phases of the curriculum will be taught in detail.

Classroom lectures, practical experiments, along with hands on practice gives a well organized program that is structured to fulfill curriculum requirements.

The latest skills and techniques are taught on a daily basis and all of the subjects involved are necessary to ensure that the student receives a quality education for success after graduation.

Flexible Schedules are available for all classes.
For more information, give one of our Admissions Representatives a call.


Gainful Employment Disclosure Cosmetology
Gainful Employment Disclosure Cosmetology Instructor

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the medium annual salary for Cosmetologists was $37,000 in 2002 and the opportunities are endless. Experienced stylists can earn up to $50,000 per year or more. Employment opportunities for Cosmetologists are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005. It is one of the fastest growing and desirable jobs, according to MONEY magazine.


  • Is virtually recession proof, hair and nails always grow.
  • Offers a wide variety of full and part time positions.
  • Over 50,000 Cosmetology positions went unfilled in 2001.
  • In most cases, allows you to set your own hours.
  • Affords you the flexiblity of nation wide employment opportunities with better than average income.
  • Is an over $52 Billion dollar a year industry.
  • Offers a multitude of continuing education, travel and networking opportunities.
  • Gives you great personal satisfaction by helping others look and feel great.

The Rivertown 1500 hour Cosmetology program will train potential Cosmetologists in the general skill of hairdressing and their practical shop applications. The program includes lectures, demonstrations, student practical and theory work, and written and practical demonstrations. The student will have a great deal of hands on training in a clinical setting. After the first 250 hours of training, students work on the clinic floor under the guidance of our instructors. Rivertown has a large clientele, giving students experience in cutting, styling, perming, hair coloring, manicures, pedicures and all areas the curriculum requires.

Standard Hours:

Daytime Classes:
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday - Friday

Evening Classes:
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday - Friday

Flexible schedules are available upon request.
For more information, give one of our Admissions Representatives a call.


Gainful Employment Disclosure Esthetician

Rivertown School of Beauty offers its students the chance to receive a quality education in Esthetics that will prepare them for today's job market in a salon, spa, or medical field as an Esthetician.

Our spa facilities are well equipped to give the students the experience that they will need to complete the 1000 hour course. Upon completion of this course, graduates are well qualified to work as make-up artists, or even as an owner of a spa or salon. Training is given in body wraps and facials of all types.

Touch Someone's Life--Become an Esthetician


Gainful Employment Disclosure Nails

If you have the desire to work in the growing industry of Nail Care, the Nail Technician program at Rivertown is for you. Our 600 Hour Program is designed to prepare the student in the areas of nail structure, diseases of the nails, manicure techniques, nail wraps, tips, gels and acrylics, nail art, pedicure techniques, along with salon ownership and salesmanship.

Completion of this course prepares the graduate to take and pass a State Board Examination.

Stop dreaming about a new career -- make it a REALITY

Daytime Classes:
Wednesday - Friday 9AM - 4PM

Financial Aid

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The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barber requires all applicants to be 16 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. We will be happy to assist and advise any student with their financial aid needs.

For those who qualify, Rivertown offers four types of Financial Aid:

  • Pell Grants - Grants provide money to help students further their education. For many students, these grants provide a "foundation" for a career. Unlike loans, these grants do not have to be repaid.
  • Direct Loans - Students attending Rivertown may apply for low interest loans. Visit or call the Admissions Office for more information.
  • V.A. Benefits - Rivertown School of Beauty has met the standards set forth by the Veteran's Administration, and therefore is an eligible institute for Veteran's Benefits. Eligible students should contact the Admissions office.
  • Independent Financing - For those who do not qualify for other types of financial aid, we offer independent in house financing.

Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care & Nails is nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). All courses offered at the school are approved by the Georgia State Board, COE and accepted by the Department of Education. The school is certified by the Department of Education and therefore qualifies to participate in the Title IV programs of financial assistance.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Cosmetology Instructor
Gainful Employment Disclosure Barber Instructor

Instructor Training

Rivertown also offers comprehensive studies taught at the Master Level providing the principals of teaching techniques, general education and practice teaching.

Cosmetology: 750 Hours
Barber: 750 Hours

Students who complete these courses will have enough skill and demonstrated enough knowledge to pass the Instructor exam as well as:

  • Knowledge of Georgia licensing rules and regulations
  • Explore and/or pursue careers in chosen field.
  • Identify students strengths and weaknesses and develop methods for scholastic progress.
  • Lesson planning, testing and evaluating
  • Establish objectives and accomplish with various teaching techniques
  • Classroom management, control and effectiveness.

Cross Over Training - Cosmetology/Barber and Barber/Cosmetology

The 300 hour crossover courses offered for Barber and Cosmetology will provide persons in either field the training to obtain a license in their chosen field.

Training for this course will enable the students to take and pass their State Board Exam. Students who successfully complete this course will have enough knowledge and skill to hold licenses in both Cosmetology and Barbering as well as:

  • Understand the theory and practice of professional hair care
  • Comprehend the chemistry and structure of hair and its disorders
  • Explore and/or pursue careers in barber or cosmetology
  • Extensive knowledge of a wide variety of haircutting techniques
  • Shop and salon management skills, as well as, selling skills and business record keeping

Refresher Course:
The Rivertown 600 hour Refresher course is designed to offer applicants skills needed to re-enter the job market with confidence. This program is individually personalized to the specific needs of each student. This course is available to applicants who have previously completed their education in their chosen field.

     All Services at Rivertown School of Beauty, Barber, Skin Care & Nails are performed by our students under the direct supervision of our Instructors.

Services Offered

Hair Styling
All Hair Styles available from basic to upstyles, spiral, wraps, curls, etc.
  • Wraps
  • Permanent Waves
  • Relaxers
  • Soft Curls
  • Braids
  • Texturizers
  • Twists
  • Scrunches
  • Weaves
  • Hair Colors
  • All Hair Colors - temporary, semi-permanent, highlighting, streaks, rinses
Barber Shop
  • Barber Cuts
  • Basics
  • Fades
  • Style Cuts
  • Trims - Mustaches and Beards
  • High and Tight
Nail Salon
  • Spa Plain Manicure
  • Gels, Sculptured Nails, Fiberglass silks
  • Nail Art
  • Fill-Ins
  • Natural Nail Overlays
Esthetician (Spa)
  • Facials of All Types From Plain to European
  • Body Wraps
  • Body Waxing
  • Theraputic Body Treatment
  • Electrolysis

Cut-Off Times

Daytime Services
Open Monday - Thursday starting at 10:15 am and Friday at 9 am
  • Micro Braid Removal - 10:15 am
  • Strawset - 10:15 am
  • Sew-In or Bonded - 10:15 am
  • Complete Dreds or Twists - 12:00 pm
  • Updo's - 12:00 pm
  • Double Process or Bleach - 12:00 pm
  • Cornrows - 1:00 pm
  • Any Chemicals - 1:00 pm
  • Spiral Rods or Rollers - 1:30 pm
  • Basic Hairstyles - 2:00 pm (Depending on Hair Length)
  • Men's Haircut - 3:00 pm
Nail Services
Walk-Ins Only! Services From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures
  • Full-Set, Acrylic, or Until They're Full
Esthetician (Spa) Services
  • Body Wraps - 12:30 pm
  • Body Treatments - 1:30 pm
  • Electrolysis - 1:30 pm
  • Eyebrow Waxing - 2:00 pm
  • Facials - 2:00 pm
Night Services
Open Tuesday - Friday starting at 7 pm
  • Cornrows - 7:00 pm
  • Any Chemicals - 7:00 pm
  • Spirals, Rods, or Rollers - 7:30 pm
  • Updo's - 7:30 pm
  • Basic Hairstyles - 8:00 pm
  • Men's & Women's Haircuts - 8:45 pm
Services Not Offered at Night
  • Dred Locks
  • Strawsets
  • Nails
  • Esthetician (Spa)
  • Sew-In or Bonded