Malawi’s beauty industry is not regulated by its local government. Interested aspirants can explore the beauty industry in the country without needing formal qualifications.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Malawi

Nail Technician

Nail techs are able to provide professional services to people without needing a license. They have no licensing rules, so all skilled individuals can earn.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists can start offering professional services to clients once they have the skills and are at least high school graduates. No formal requirements are set for this profession.

Facialist / Waxing Technician / Lash Technician / Spray Tanning Technician

These beauticians can get a beauty specialist license to practise, which is what some places require. But Malawi is free of regulations for beauty licenses, so practitioners can serve clients without owning a license.


Hairstylists can work in the country without holding a license. They are unregulated, so skills and experience are what the industry needs for success.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists are able to serve the public even without a professional certificate or license. They should have the right skills, however, to be successful.


Barbers are able to pursue professional barbering even after high school. They can have a certificate or not and still earn in the industry.