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California Eyelash Extension Certification Requirements

Hey there, lash-loving babe! It’s time to get off the salon table and take your place as an eyelash extension artist.

We know you’ve been eyeing open positions, researching the qualifications, and drafting potential eyelash extension business plans.

You’re not the first—and won’t be the last—but with our help, you can achieve your highest potential in the beauty industry.

You’re going to have to work for it, though!

Are you ready? Because we’re ready to help induct you into the ranks of lash boss ladies. Keep reading to learn more about California eyelash extension certification requirements.

California Eyelash Extension Certification Requirements

Let’s get down to business—for all our newbies, yes, you do need a license to do eyelash extensions in California. At minimum, according to the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, you must be a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist to do eyelash extensions.


The California Business and Professions code 7316 defines the practice of cosmetology as:

(3) Beautifying the face, neck, arms, or upper part of the human body, by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.

(4) Removing superfluous hair from the body of any person by the use of depilatories or by the use of tweezers, chemicals, or preparations or by the use of devices or appliances of any kind or description, except by the use of light waves, commonly known as rays.

Cosmetology or esthetician training teaches you overarching concepts that will later be honed in an eyelash extension training program.

Think of it as the primer that you put on before foundation. Without a bomb primer (the license), your foundation (the certification) may not stick or seep into the cracks.

Enough with the metaphors, though, let’s get real. No, you can’t practice without a license, and there are serious repercussions for those that try. You can be fined or receive a misdemeanor.

Babe, a word of advice, don’t end your career before it starts.

If you aren’t a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist, sorry, you have a couple more steps ahead of you before you earn your certification. If you are licensed, keep reading, there’s more to learn.

California Eyelash Extension Training Programs

With a license under your belt, you’re onto the fun part of your lashing journey—the training!

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing the right training program for you.

Do you want that hands-on experience that an in-person training program can give you? Or, are you looking for the ideal online training program that works with your busy schedule?

Thankfully, here at the Lash Professional, you can get the best of both worlds—and learn to lash from experts!

With The Lash Professional’s online training program, you can easily squeeze in lessons on the go. Other amazing benefits of lash extension training online include going at your own pace and flexibility! What’s not to love?

For our babes who crave a hands-on experience, The Lash Professional’s in-person lash training is for you.

Find a California lash training class near you and meet the boss babes behind the scenes of some of The Lash Professional’s most breathtaking lash looks!

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