South Dakota

The beauty industry in South Dakota is governed by the Cosmetology Commission and Board of Barber Examiners under the Department of Labor & Regulation and the Board of Massage Therapy under the Department of Health. Training for beauticians must be done in a licensed beauty school or apprenticeship beauty establishment in the state.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in South Dakota, USA:

Regulated Beauty Services in South Dakota, USA


Barbers in South Dakota must complete 1,500 training hours. But applicants who are 16 ½ – 18 years old need a license to become an apprentice barber.

More barber licensing details are available here:


Hairstylists are expected to earn a cosmetologist license in South Dakota. They must finish 2,100 training hours or 3,000 apprenticeship hours. If they want to perform microdermabrasion or e-filing, they should finish additional educational hours: 16 hours for microdermabrasion and 8 hours for e-filing.

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

These beauty professionals must secure an esthetician license in the state. They are required to complete 600 training hours.

Nail Technician

Nail techs are expected to finish 400 training hours or 960 apprenticeship hours. Sixty hours of classroom instruction are required before a student can provide services to clients.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists need 500 training hours, pass the NBCA or MBLEx and should have malpractice insurance of a minimum of $250,000.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in South Dakota, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

South Dakota doesn’t regulate spray tanning technicians. But professional training is still highly recommended for aspirants to perform the best service.

Lash Technician (Lash Lifts)n

Providing a lash lift service to clients in South Dakota doesn’t have regulations. Professionals interested in offering this service don’t need a license but are recommended to be professionally trained.