Ethiopia’s beauty industry is free of licensing laws for professional beauticians. Anyone interested in practising the profession doesn’t need to get a license or comply with any formal qualification.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Ethiopia


Hairstylists are not required to have certifications for hairdressing or any form of license. Ethiopia is unregulated, so skilled individuals can practise as professional hair experts.

Nail Technician

Nail technicians can become manicurists, pedicurists and nail professionals quickly in the country. They don’t have licensing qualifications to meet, so they can already start earning even after graduating high school.


Barbers are also unregulated, which makes it easy for interested individuals to enter the industry. As long as they have the skills, they can become barbers.

Waxing Technician / Lash Technician / Facialist / Spray Tanning Technician

These beauticians are considered beauty therapists, cosmetologists or estheticians. Aspirants can get licensed in any of these areas, but since Ethiopia has no laws for them, they can explore the industry without formal qualifications.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists can also freely discover many exciting opportunities in the country without a beauty license. Skills are important in becoming successful in makeup, so training or experience is beneficial.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists only need high school education and the right skills to start their careers. But they have the option to pursue further education in massage therapy.