The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation governs the licensing rules for beauty professionals in the state. Professional training is expected to be conducted in licensed institutions by the department.

Regulated Beauty Services in Texas, USA

Lash Technician (Lash Extensions)

Texas offers a specialty license for lash extensions. The license’s curriculum requires applicants to finish 320 training hours.

Facialist / Waxing Technician

Facialists and waxing techs are considered estheticans in the state. Estheticians need 750 training hours to complete for the licensure test.

Nail Technician

Nail techs should be licensed manicurists in Texas. They are expected to finish 600 training hours before proceeding to the licensure exam. Interested nail techs in esthetics can take the manicurist/esthetician specialty license. They should complete 1,200 training hours or 600 manicure training hours and 750 esthetics training hours.


There is no specific license for hairstyling, but applicants can take the operator license to practice in the state. This license gives individuals 3 pathways to choose from. They can finish 1,500 training hours, 1,000 instruction hours plus 500 hours of courses in high school conducted in a vocational school or 300 training hours if they hold a certificate for class A barber.


Barbers must graduate from a course with 1,500 training hours to take the state examination.

Further licensing details about the above professions are found here:


Massage Therapist

Massage therapists need 500 training hours and proof of passing the MBLEx and the jurisprudence exam.

Non-Regulated Beauty Services in Texas, USA

Spray Tanning Technician

Texas doesn’t have licensing rules for spray tanning. Individuals can train at any school to master the skills and get certified.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artists are also not regulated in the state. But formal training for this service is still necessary to offer the best makeup artistry. Individuals can choose their training or course provider.

Lash Technician (Lash Lift, Lash and Brow Tinting)

Lash techs who only offer lash lifts and lash and brow tinting don’t need a license. Formal training for these services is still ideal and recommended to obtain the right skills.