North Carolina

The North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy and the Board of Barber and Electrolysis Examiners are the regulatory departments for beauty professionals in the state. Professional training for each beauty service must be conducted in an approved cosmetic art school.

Non-Regulated Beauty Service in North Carolina, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in North Carolina, USA


Hairstylists are licensed under cosmetology. The law requires them to complete 1,500 training hours.

Waxing Technician / Facialist / Makeup Artist / Lash Technician

These professionals are under the esthetics scope. To get an esthetician license, applicants must finish 600 training hours. They also have the option to get a cosmetologist license as these professions are also covered in cosmetology, except for lash lifting, which the board declares as an esthetics service.

Nail Technician

Nail techs must secure a manicurist license in North Carolina. They are required to complete 300 training hours.


Barbers must finish a course of 1,528 hours to challenge the licensure test.

Massage Therapist

To get a massage therapy license, one must finish a 500-hour training program and pass the MBLEx.

Non-Regulated Beauty Service in North Carolina, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Individuals planning to become spray tanning techs in North Carolina have the opportunity to get trained by any school or course provider. The state doesn’t regulate this industry, so anyone can earn without a license.