Mali is one of the many places in Africa without licensing laws for beauty therapists. It allows interested individuals to practise without formal requirements.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Mali

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists are not required to get certified or have a license in Mali. They are allowed professional practice as long as they possess the skills needed in the profession.


Hairstylists are also unregulated in the country. They can start earning and practising in the hair industry as long as they have professional skills.

Nail Technician

Nail techs have the freedom to start their careers early as the profession allows high school graduates to practise. They can also pursue further education to learn the best techniques.


Barbers are able to earn and become professionals in the industry fast. High school graduates can start their barbering careers as the industry has no rules for practising the profession.

Facialist / Spray Tanning Technician / Waxing Technician / Lash Technician

Estheticians or cosmetologists can provide multiple beauty services, such as facials, spray tanning, waxing and lash services. Since Mali is unregulated, getting a license for esthetics or cosmetology is not needed. Having the right skills is the only requirement for success.

Makeup Artist

Practitioners with or without makeup artistry certifications can serve clients. Mali has no laws for makeup licenses, so anyone skilled is welcome.