Japan has licensing regulations for barbers and hairstylists while none for other beauticians. Beauty professionals without licenses can practise in the country as long as they possess the necessary skills.

Regulated Beauty Services in Japan:


Regulated Beauty Services in Japan

Barber / Hairstylist

Barbers and hairstylists have different licenses in Japan; however, the process for obtaining these qualifications is the same. Aspirants must complete a barbering or hairdressing course at a recognised facility or school by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. They are also expected to pass the examination to officially get a license.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Japan

Nail Technician

Nail techs in the country are not required any license, such as one from the Japan Nail Association. They can work in salons or have their own nail businesses without formal requirements.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists in the country only need to finish high school to work. Holding a professional license is not necessary as long as a practitioner has skills.

Lash Technician / Spray Tanning Technician / Waxing Technician / Facialist

Beauty therapists are generally practitioners with one license but can provide many services. In Japan, however, they don’t have licensing requirements, so skilled individuals can perform services on clients.

Makeup Artist

Formal qualifications, like certifications, are not required to practise as a makeup artist. The country has no licensing rules for the profession, so anyone can practise makeup.