Hawaii has the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology and Board of Massage Therapy under the Professional & Vocational Licensing Division, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as the regulatory bodies for barbers and beauticians.

Like many states in the US, the beauty industry requires aspirants to either take an apprenticeship program at a licensed beauty shop under the direct supervision of a licensed beauty operator or study barbering or cosmetology at any licensed beauty school in Hawaii.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Hawaii, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in Hawaii, USA

Hairstylist / Hairdresser

Hairstylists or hairdressers must complete 2,500 apprenticeship hours or 1,250 training hours.

Facialist / Waxing Technician

Facialists and waxing technicians should have an esthetician license in Hawaii. They must finish 1,200 apprenticeship hours or 600 training hours.


Barbers need 3,000 apprenticeship hours or 1,500 training hours.

Nail Technician

Nail techs are expected to complete 700 apprenticeship hours or 350 training hours.

Further details about the examination qualifications for the above services are found here:


Massage Therapist

Massage therapists must finish 570 apprenticeship or training hours and should complete a training program for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Hawaii, USA

Lash Technician

Lash techs offer lash extensions, lifts and tinting (including brow tinting). In Hawaii, there are no strict requirements yet as to how to become one. Discussions by the board about requiring individuals interested in lash extensions to properly register and schools to be licensed are raised. But there were no official decisions yet about the licensing requirements in accordance with the law.

Makeup Artist

Like lash techs, makeup artists are also not regulated in the state. Again, discussions were raised about requiring schools offering makeup lessons to be licensed by the board. But it’s still not an official decision that regulates makeup artists.

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning techs are another beauty profession not licensed in Hawaii. They can choose to train from any course provider and master professional skills.