The Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists and the Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy are the regulatory institutions for beauty professionals in the state.

These lists of professionals are regulated and non-regulated:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Kentucky, USA:

Training for these beauty services must be done at an approved institution by the board.

Regulated Beauty Services in Kentucky, USA


Hairstylists should take a cosmetologist license to legally work in Kentucky. The license requires 1,500 training hours to take the exam.

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

Individuals interested in these services can take the esthetician license. Estheticians need 750 training hours to qualify for the examination.

They can also get permits to practice lash artistry, makeup and brow threading. To get a permit, estheticians must finish a sanitation course approved by the board and pay the fee. For lash artistry, individuals must complete an approved lash extension course.

Cosmetology also covers makeup, facials, waxing and lash extensions. It is only up to the individual to choose the license they want to get.

Nail Technician

Nail techs in the state must graduate from a course with 600 training hours and should pass the examination.


Barbering is a specialised skill for men’s hair and grooming. Individuals interested in the profession must complete 1,500 training hours to take the licensure exam.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists are required to complete 600 training hours and must pass any examination facilitated by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or other approved institutions. The MBLEx is the most widespread examination recognised in many states.

Further details about the definitions and functions of these beauty services are available here:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Kentucky, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning in Kentucky is not regulated. This means interested individuals can provide a service in the industry without a license. They just need to get trained and certified by a course provider.

Lash Technician (Brow Tinting, Lash Lifting)

Brow tinting and lash lifting are so far unregulated in Kentucky. There are no specific licenses or permits required to practice these services. Individuals can learn from any training course online or in person.