Beauty services in Colorado are regulated by the Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure and the Colorado Office of Massage Therapy Licensure under the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

The lists of regulated and unregulated beauty professionals are as follows:

Regulated Beauty Services in Colorado, USA

Applicants for the licensure examination should train at an approved program by the state. The following are the required number of hours that students should comply with to qualify for the examination.


1,500 clock hours or 50 credit hours


1,200 clock hours or 40 credit hours

Nail Technician

600 clock hours or 20 credit hours

Facialist / Makeup Artist / Waxing Technician

These beauty professions can be under a cosmetologist or esthetician license.

  • Cosmetologist: 1,500 clock hours or 50 credit hours
  • Esthetician: 600 clock hours or 20 credit hours

Lash Technician (Eyelash Extensions)

There is no license for lash techs offering lash extensions alone in Colorado. But aspirants are expected to be licensed estheticians or cosmetologists to legally provide this service.

More licensing details about the regulated services are available here:

Massage Therapist

The state requires that massage therapists should complete 500 training hours at an approved college or school. It also requires applicants to pass the BCTMB or NCBTMB examination as part of the certification procedure.

Further details about massage therapy licensing are given here:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Colorado, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning in Colorado doesn’t have licensing regulations yet. This means anyone interested in the industry can train from anywhere they want and start earning. Many online training courses across the globe are available for aspirants in the state.

Lash Technician (Lash & Brow Tinting and Lash Lifting)

Lash technicians offering lash & brow tinting and lash lifting are not regulated by any board in Colorado. Individuals can train online or in person and get certified.