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Our mission is to provide exceptional education and training in nail care and esthetics, empowering our students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the beauty industry, we are committed to fostering creativity, professionalism, and a strong work ethic in our students, preparing them to excel in their careers and make a positive impact on the beauty industry. Our goal is to create a supportive learning environment that encourages growth, innovation, and excellence in both technical skills and customer service. We strive to uphold the highest standards of education and ethics, ensuring that our graduates are well-equipped to thrive in a competitive and ever-evolving industry. 

Mission Statement 

Esthetics School Columbia, SC; Nail Tech School Columbia, SC


Laura Dowey

Owner and Instructor (Esthetics & Nails)

Bella Beauty School opened its doors in December 2022.  The sole owner, Laura Dowey, is from Columbia, SC and a graduate of Winthrop University. Laura is married and strongly believes in family and her relationship with Christ.   She found her passion in skincare when she became a Licensed Esthetician in 2014. She furthered her career as a nail technician in 2017.  Laura holds a license as an Esthetics Instructor and a Licensed Nail Instructor.   Laura is passionate about teaching skincare and nail services as well as safety and sanitation. 

 Laura opened her own spa, Ciao Bella Facial and Body Spa in 2014 and successfully built a clientele and ran her spa for over 8 years. She closed the spa in January 2023 to focus on student success at Bella Beauty School.  She is passionate about good education, small classes, passionate instructors who love to teach, great products for the students to learn with and a fun beauty school atmosphere. 


 "There is room for all of us in this field, be the best you can be, be passionate about what you do and you will succeed!"

 Laura Dowey

Meet the Staff

Esthetics School in Columbia, SC; Esthetician School in Columbia, SC

Jessica Cooley 

Esthetics Instructor

Jessica Cooley is an international award-winning Esthetician and Licensed Esthetics Instructor in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the owner of Layers: Skin Journey in Lexington, SC and the founder and CEO of Skin Wand Pro. Jessica holds multiple advanced certifications in the medical esthetics world. She started her journey as a military spouse and mom of 2 and never had the chance to follow her passion until the Cooley family was able to move to Prosperity, SC. Once out of advanced esthetics school, she enrolled in an oncology esthetics class that took her to Atlanta, GA. Jessica believes that, we as Estheticians, form bonds with the whole person and not just the surface of their skins. Jessica's credentials are unmatched! She is Oncology Esthetics trained and has been published in multiple beauty and lifestyle magazines for her work and expertise.

Esthtician and Esthetics school in Columbia, SC; Nail Tech School in Columbia, SC

Peyton Finch


Peyton is an Esthetician from Lugoff, SC. She attended the University of South Carolina from 2017-2021. In 2015 she began her career at Ciao Bella Spa with Laura, where she found her love for Esthetics. Peyton became a licensed Esthetician in 2021 and successfully built a great clientele. Peyton is the Director at Bella Beauty School where she takes part in all student services, enrollment, and graduation. As well as maintaining relationships with students, partners, and staff at Bella Beauty School.

Pamela Rouse

Nail Instructor

Meet Pamela Rouse. Beauty her business! Pam is a highly qualified, motivated, professional Instructor Registered Cosmetologist. Pam has been in the beauty industry for over 29 years (Cosmetologist) & 7 plus years (Instructor Registered Cosmetologist) She has a Passion for beauty! Creativity is key in the beauty industry! Pam loves what she does and loves her clientele and students. Pam loves all things hair, skin, and nails!

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