The Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing (Board of Barber Examiners) are the regulatory bodies for beauty services in the state.

Check the below lists of regulated and unregulated professionals:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Arkansas, USA:

The department requires regulated professionals to register with them first before going through their training at any accredited school. The set of requirements for the registration is found here in Section 8.13:

Regulated Beauty Services in Arkansas, USA

Nail Technician

Nail technicians must complete 600 training hours with at least 60 hours of theoretical instruction. They can then proceed to the examination once they graduate from the training.


Hairstylists are under the scope of cosmetologists, where hairdressing has the most number of hours required for training, which is 1,000. Other areas of beauty covered by this profession are manicuring and aesthetics. Cosmetologists are expected to complete 1,500 training hours and must pass the licensure examination.

Facialist / Makeup Artist / Waxing Technician / Lash Technician (Lash and Brow Tinting, Lash Extensions)

These services are under the aesthetician license that covers multiple areas of beauty. Aestheticians should finish 600 training hours and are expected to pass the examination after graduation.

Full details about the requirements for the regulated beauty services in Arkansas are available here:

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists in the state must finish 500 training hours at an approved institution and pass the department’s examination to get their licenses. The passing of examinations for MBLEx, NCETM or NCETMB instead of the health department’s examination is accepted.

More licensing requirement information is found here:


The barber law states that applicants must finish 1,500 training hours to take the state licensure.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Arkansas, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning in Arkansas is currently not yet regulated, so interested individuals can train at any school or training provider. Online and in-class training is available, whichever suits the learners’ schedules best.

Lash Technician (Lash Lifting)

Lash lifting or perming in the state is not yet regulated by the department. Individuals who are interested in providing this service alone can train from anywhere. Just make sure to be careful with the products used as the FDA has strict standards on the safety of cosmetic items.