Sweden only regulates hairstylists among the many beauty services they have. Unregulated beauticians can freely choose the training they want to learn the skills.

Regulated Beauty Service in Sweden:

Regulated Beauty Service in Sweden


Hairstylists must become qualified in Sweden by completing basic and practical training. Each training has a test that needs to be passed to qualify.

Learners can follow the high school education route where they can get a hairdressing program that allows them to have basic training and then practical learning, requiring 2,000 work hours.

They can also get private education from an approved institution by the Hairdressers’ Professional Committee. Basic and practical training is also given to qualify for the license.

The trainee route is the last option. Aspirants can become an apprentice and should finish 2,000 work hours before taking the partial exam. Once passed, they still need to work an additional 2,000 hours and then pass another exam (gesällprov).

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Sweden

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists are not regulated in the country. High school graduates can already earn as practitioners, but those with a certificate or bachelor’s degree are paid higher.

Nail Technician

Nail techs don’t need to secure any license to practice. High school education is enough to start exploring jobs in this profession. Those who are certified, however, are offered better rates.


Barbers are free to explore work opportunities in the country without any licensing requirements. Both high school graduates and certified barbers can work. However, salary rates may differ based on educational attainment.

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

These beauty services can have separate licenses or be under cosmetology or esthetics. But in Sweden, these are non-regulated, so anyone is welcome to practice as long as they have the skills.