Cosmetology Program, NY

Are you searching for a cosmetology school in the Binghamton or Poughkeepsie areas? Check out Ridley-Lowell! We offer a Cosmetology program that you can complete in as few as eight months. If you’re interested in a cosmetology career, we can help you gain the skills and experience you need to step into this industry. Help others look and feel their best with a career in cosmetology.

Our beauty school focuses on developing the knowledge and skills you need to pass the cosmetology licensing exam and pursue a career as a cosmetologist.

Program coursework explores wet and thermal styling, cutting, coloring, nail technology, and much more. You can also learn important health, safety and professional skills.

Courses in our Cosmetology program include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nail Care and Procedures
  • Hair Analysis
  • Hair Cutting & Shaping
  • Hair Styling
  • Chemistry as Applied to Cosmetology
  • Shampoo, Rinsing & Treatments
  • Chemical Reconstruction
  • Skin Care & Procedures

As a graduate of our cosmetology school, you can go on to pursue careers as a cosmetologist, hairstylist, makeup artist or nail technician in a variety of settings, such as salons, spas, resorts, hotels and many more.

This program is offered in both day and evening schedules to accommodate your busy life. Weekend classes are also available in Poughkeepsie. You can also benefit from our job placement assistance with financial aid available for those who qualify. To learn more about our beauty school and Cosmetology program, Contact us today!

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Beauty Program, Poughkeepsie NY, Binghamton, NY 

Have you always been interested in helping others look and feel their best? Take a look at our Esthetics program. Upon graduation, you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to sit for your New York State Board examination in esthetics. At Ridley-Lowell, you can benefit from our focused, hands-on training in clinics and labs; job placement assistance; and financial aid for those who qualify. Our Esthetics program can be completed in less than a year!


If you’re interested in helping others look and feel their best, our esthetics program could be a great fit for you. As an esthetician, you’ll specialize in treating and healing skin. During our program, you’ll study subjects like bacteriology, anatomy and physiology, skin care, nutrition, chemistry, the structure and function of skin, facials and even hair removal. You can even complete the program in less than a year.

Plus, at Ridley-Lowell, you’ll learn from instructors who have worked in the cosmetology field. They can help you learn the techniques, tricks and client care skills employers are looking. During our program, you’ll have the opportunity to practice in our hands-on training labs where you can gain real experience putting your lessons to practice.

Upon graduation, you can have the knowledge you need to sit for your New York State Board examination in esthetics. After successfully completing your exam, you can be ready for opportunities in salons, spas, resorts and many other settings.

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If you’re ready to learn more about this program, just fill out the form on this page and one of our representatives will get back to you soon. They’re happy to answer any questions you have about this program, enrolling for classes or even financial aid.

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What alumni are saying ... Alumni testimonials

Making a career change when you are 40-something is a difficult decision. The education I received at Ridley-Lowell has given me the tools and confidence I need to begin a new and very exciting chapter in my life. I am settling into a new job that I find extremely rewarding!

Cyndi K.
Networking & Technical Support Specialist Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has helped me significantly with my computer skills and has been very instrumental in deciding what I want to do in the computer field. I have gained a lot of insight and knowledge in a field I had very little knowledge of before I started. I would recommend this school to anybody who is interested in it and would talk very highly of the school and staff.

Ronald R.
Networking and Technical Support Specialist Graduate

My experience in the Ridley-Lowell HVAC/R program has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in my life.

C. Reeder
HVAC Installation & Service Technician

Ridley-Lowell helped me complete the medical training stated by the military. The Medical Assistant program was fun, exciting and fast paced. I now have a full-time career working in a physicians’ office. For the first time in my life, I enjoy going to work. The Ridley-Lowell staff has been extremely supportive from the day I enrolled to graduation and beyond. Thank you, Ridley-Lowell, for putting my career back on track.

Drew F.
Medical Assistant Graduate

This small school has made a big difference in my life.

Rendell Z.
Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has an excellent Networking and Technical Support Specialist program. This is exactly what I was looking for in a school. The instruction helped me attain four IT certifications.

William D.
Networking and Technical Support Specialist Graduate

Thanks to Tony and Ray’s excellent job at teaching me so much information about hardware and software, I have managed to get a job in beautiful Tampa, Florida, working for Vitera Healthcare Solutions. This is an awesome company with great pay and benefits and just a fun job in general. It was the best move I’ve made career-wise to attend Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute.

Wayne C.
Information Technology Graduate

Coming here was a great experience for me. The teachers and staff were very friendly and helpful. The other students were nice, and I made new friends. I would recommend this school to anybody looking for a higher education.

Mary K.
Office Support Specialist Graduate

Ridley-Lowell opened the door for me. From here I can move forward with confidence, knowing that no matter what path I choose in the future I’m an excellent student, and there are no limits to what I can achieve now that the initial fear of education is gone.

Susan L.
Medical Assistant Graduate

My experience here at Ridley-Lowell has been very rewarding educationally, socially and financially. I would recommend anyone who wants to further their education to do it amongst the wonderful staff at Ridley-Lowell.

Danielle S.
Criminal Justice Graduate

The instructors at Ridley-Lowell assist us with real-life experiences to solve everyday problems. We work from life, not just the book. The hands-on education is priceless!

Terrence G.
Electrical Systems Technician

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute provided me with the education and skills I needed to begin a second career as a licensed massage therapist. The class schedule is flexible with both day and evening classes to accommodate the lives of busy adult learners. The RL massage clinic is convenient to serve the community and provide students with the necessary hands-on practice to become competent to enter the field. The therapeutic application in the MT profession is tremendous!

Leah A.
Massage Therapy Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has helped me find the right program at the right time to fit the needs of my schedule and personal goals.

Kimberly V.
Legal Administrative Assistant Graduate

The instructors and staff at Ridley-Lowell have been wonderful! I am very glad that I chose to continue my education with them. My life will be forever changed because of my time there.

Rebecca C.
Managerial Accounting Graduate

Overall, I believe the school gives you a well-rounded curriculum. I will be walking away with a great sense of accomplishment. The school has taught me about commitment, compassion and character. These are the three C’s I value.

MaryAnn C.
Medical Administrative Assistant Graduate

Ridley-Lowell has provided me with all the tools, plus some that I will need to become a successful licensed massage therapist. The massage program is unique in that it’s a small program with smaller class sizes, giving me more opportunity for individual instruction on advanced material.

Daniel L.
Massage Therapy

It was difficult coming back after years of being out of school, but the teachers were great. I found them to be very informative, fun and very helpful. I had and still have a great support system here at Ridley-Lowell.

Toni J.
Administrative Assistant Graduate

I am thankful for my new skills, and I am looking forward to enjoying my new career making people feel good about themselves.

Roxie L.
Cosmetology Graduate

I learned many new skills and upgraded existing skills. I would recommend Ridley-Lowell to anyone looking to further his or her education.

Laura G.
Legal Office Assistant Graduate

I love it here! Honestly, I don’t want to leave. The teachers are awesome, and I just want to be part of the greatness that is happening here. The energy is great and that make the learning process so enjoyable.

Monica L.
Cosmetology Graduate