Do you have to have a license to do eyelash extensionsDo You Have to Have a License to Do Eyelash Extensions?

Maybe it’s a nervous client or a girlfriend who wants to become a lash artist who’s curious about this question. Or, maybe you’re the curious lash loving lady that wants to know more about lashing.

We get it! Lashing is a fun profession that allows you to be your own boss lady.

So, in short, yes. However, the answer is much more nuanced and we’re going to break it down for you!

Don’t worry, lash loving babes, we have the low-down on lash technician qualifications! Take a moment to read about what you need to know before undertaking your eyelash extension journey.

Lash Extension Qualifications

Being a lash artist is a rewarding experience—we have the power to beautify a community— however, you’ll need to jump through some hoops to get there. Read about state requirements and regulations that you should be aware of before pursuing a career as a lash artist.

State Regulations, Training Programs, and More!

First and foremost, you do have to have an esthetician or cosmetology license to do eyelash extensions in most states. Additionally, some states will allow licensed medical and dental professionals. Not to mention, eyelash extension training programs may require you to have an esthetician or cosmetology license to even participate!

This regulation is determined by the state board of cosmetology—check with your state’s board of cosmetology to determine your state requirements.

State (In alphabetical order)

Which License is Required?

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AlabamaNot clear, consult state board
AlaskaHair stylist, Estheticians, Medical License
ArizonaCosmetologist, Aesthetician
ArkansasCosmetologist, Aestheticians, Barber, medical license in a medical facility
CaliforniaCosmetologist, Esthetician, those working under physicians
ColoradoCosmetologist, Esthetician
ConnecticutNot clear, consult state board
DelawareNo Licence Required
DCCosmetologist, Esthetician, Medical License
FloridaCosmetologist, Esthetician, Full Specialist, Facial Specialist, Medical License
GeorgiaMaster Cosmetologist, Esthetician, medical license in medical facility
HawaiiCosmetologist, Esthetician, Barber
IdahoNot clear, consult state board
IllinoisCosmetologist, Esthetician
IndianaCosmetologist, Esthetician
IowaCosmetologist, Esthetician, Must be performed in licensed salon
KansasCosmetologist, Esthetician
KentuckyCosmetologist, Esthetician
LouisianaCosmetologist, Esthetician
MaineCosmetologist, Aesthetician
MarylandNot clear, consult state board
MassachusettsCosmetologist, Esthetician
MichiganCosmetologist, Esthetician
MinnesotaCosmetologist, Esthetician
MississippiCosmetologist, Esthetician
MissouriNot clear, consult state board
MontanaCosmetologist, Esthetician
NebraskaCosmetologist, Esthetician
NevadaCosmetologist, Aesthetician
New HampshireCosmetologist, Esthetician
New JerseyCosmetologist (must be working in a salon). Medical license under a doctor
New MexicoEsthetician
New YorkCosmetologist, Esthetician
North CarolinaCosmetologist, Esthetician
North DakotaCosmetologist, Esthetician
OhioCosmetologist or Esthetician
OklahomaCosmetologist, Esthetician
OregonCosmetologist, Esthetician, Medical License
PennsylvaniaCosmetologist, Esthetician
Rhode IslandCosmetologist, Esthetician
South CarolinaCosmetologist, Esthetician
South DakotaCosmetologist, Esthetician, Must be performed in a licensed salon
TennesseeCosmetologist, Aesthetician
TexasCosmetologist, Esthetician, or Eyelash Extension Specialist
UtahCosmetologist, Barber, Esthetician
VermontCosmetology, Esthetician
VirginiaEsthetician, Cosmetologist
WashingtonCosmetologists, Esthetician
West VirginiaCosmetologists, Esthetician
WisconsinNo Licence Required
WyomingCosmetologists, Esthetician

Why do you need a license for eyelash extensions in so many states?

The allusive license is a legal designation granted by state authorities.

In this case, the state board of cosmetology defines educational requirements to become a licensed technician. Often, your state may require anywhere from 500 to 2,400 classroom hours. Then, you must demonstrate adequate proficiency in a series of one or more tests facilitated by the state.

This process ensures that you have the appropriate level of knowledge to safely perform different procedures like eyelash extension application.

After, and only after, in states the require a cosmetology or esthetician license, you may complete an eyelash training program.

Again, not every state will require that you participate in a training program. (Reference your state’s board of cosmetology to practice within the scope of the law.) Nevertheless, it is beneficial to attend an eyelash training program to learn proper application techniques and aftercare.

You will learn different things based on your program; however, standard topics include:

  • Infectious and contagious diseases of the eye
  • Allergic reactions
  • Proper sanitation practices
  • Client preparation
  • Lash bonding and effective bonding tips
  • Occupational health and safety practices
  • Eyelash extension application procedures
  • Eyelash extension isolation and separation procedures

Ultimately, this process allows you to lash with confidence, and provide your clients with the best services!

Become a Lash Professional

Long story short: Yes, you do need a license to do eyelash extensions in most states

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