Iceland doesn’t have licensing rules for most beauty services, except for massage therapy. Non-regulated beauticians can pursue careers in beauty without needing to get a license.

Regulated Beauty Service in Iceland:

Regulated Beauty Service in Iceland

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists should get education recognised by the health authorities in Iceland. Once training is completed, the director of health consults the associations of massage therapy recognised in the country if the applicant satisfies the requirements set.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Iceland


Hairstylists in the country can work without a license. The education level required is only high school, so anyone who graduates from this stage can practice hairstyling.

Spray Tanning Technician / Makeup Artist / Waxing Technician / Facialist / Lash Technician

These services can have one license (esthetics or cosmetology) or separate licenses in several places. In Iceland, however, these are not regulated, so interested aspirants can train anywhere and get skilled.

Nail Technician

Nail techs are professionals who offer different nail services. In Iceland, high school graduates can earn and practice without needing to secure a professional license.


Barbers don’t need any certification or license to work in the country. High school graduates can already earn and serve clients. Certified practitioners, however, can ask for higher rates.