Massachusetts has the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering and the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy as the regulatory agencies for beauty services. Regulated beauty professionals are expected to take the training from a licensed beauty school.

To learn the regulated and unregulated beauty services, check out these lists:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Massachusetts, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in Massachusett, USA


Hairstylists should take a cosmetologist license to work in the state. They are required to complete 1,000 training hours to take the exam and become licensed.

Nail Technician

Nail technicians should meet the 1,000-hour training requirement to take the exam. They can work in salons or barbershops once licensed in the state.

Makeup Artist / Facialist / Waxing Technician

These beauty services or professionals are under the aesthetician license. They must finish 600 training hours to take and pass the licensure exam.

More details about the above licenses are provided here:


Like hairstylists, barbers must finish 1,000 training hours as well to qualify for the licensure examination.

Massage Therapist

Aspirants for massage therapy should finish 650 training hours of classroom and clinical learning. They are also expected to pass the MBLEx. Aside from that, massage therapists must have liability insurance.

Further details about the requirements are found here:

Lash Technician (Lash Extensions, Brow and Lash Tinting)

Lash extension techs don’t have a specific license in Massachusetts, but they are required to be licensed aesthetics or cosmetologist. Having a license allows them to train and get certified in lash extensions.

Like lash extensions, services for brow and lash tinting also need a cosmetologist license. Training for these services follows after getting a state license.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Massachusetts, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning in the state is not regulated. This means training can be done without needing to follow any government requirements. Online education is popular for many to learn professional skills.

Lash Technician (Lash Lifts)

With lash lifting, lash techs can offer this service to clients without needing a license. Training from any course provider is acceptable to gain the right skills.