New Jersey

The Division of Consumer Affairs governs beauty professionals in the state of New Jersey. It has the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling and the Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy that create licensing laws for many beauty services in the state.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in New Jersey, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in New Jersey, USA

Operating beauty schools in New Jersey should be licensed by the board, allowing them to offer state-recognised courses.


Barbers are required to complete 900 training hours. Licensed barbers who were issued their licenses before 1985 and wish to get licensed for hairstyling or cosmetology must finish a 500-hour program. Those who were licensed after 1985 are required to complete 300 training hours.


Hairstylists in the state must get a cosmetologist-hairstylist license, which requires 1,200 training hours.

Nail Technician

Nail techs provide various nail care and enhancement procedures and are expected to finish 300 training hours for a manicurist license.

Waxing Technician / Makeup Artist / Facialist

These services need a skin care specialty license, which expects applicants to complete 600 training hours.

Lash Technician (Lash Extensions, Lash and Brow Tinting)

Lash technicians offering lash extensions only need a cosmetology license (beauty culture) to practice in New Jersey. A beauty culture license has a requirement of 1,100 training hours to challenge the exam.

For lash and brow tinting, these services are prohibited in the state. Licensed cosmetologists or skin care specialists are not allowed to offer these services.

More licensing information is provided here:

Massage Therapist

New Jersey requires massage therapists to complete a 500-hour training program, pass the examination and have liability insurance.

More details about the licensing laws for this service are available here:

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in New Jersey, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Spray tanning is a booming industry, and many are interested to learn professional skills for it. New Jersey doesn’t have regulations for this industry, which means individuals can choose where to train for spray tanning.

Lash Technician (Lash Lifts)

Lash lifting is also another service not regulated in the state’s beauty industry. Individuals can learn the skills online to provide a professional lash lifting service.