Thailand’s beauty industry is not regulated, except for massage therapy. Most beauty professionals are free of qualifications for licenses and can quickly practise in the industry.

Regulated Beauty Service in Thailand:

Regulated Beauty Service in Thailand

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists in Thailand are regulated differently compared to many countries around the world. They are licensed based on the type of massage business they prefer.

Basically, there are two types of licenses a practitioner can choose, a health massage and a health spa. A health massage license allows one to provide a specific massage they can offer but doesn’t permit a practitioner to run a health spa business. A health spa license requires a practitioner to have a spa manager license and should be an operator with licensed massage employees.

In terms of education, students are expected to complete a minimum of 800-hour training created by the Health Service Support of the Public Health Ministry.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Thailand


Barbers are not required any specific qualifications to work as recognised professionals. Those who finish high school can already become barbers.

Nail Technician

Nail technicians offer manicures, pedicures, nail art and more. They are not regulated in the country, which creates an easier path for aspirants to have successful careers.

Waxing Technician / Facialist / Lash Technician / Spray Tanning Technician

Beauty therapists are able to wax, do facials, apply lashes and more. They are skilled in many beauty services but usually have one license. In Thailand, however, there are no licenses set for them, so all skilled aspirants can become beauty experts.


Aspiring hairstylists with high school or college education can all start as practitioners in hair. They only need to develop the best skills to satisfy clients.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artist certifications are not mandatory in Thailand. Practitioners are only encouraged to master the basic and trendy makeup services.