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Who Regulates What?

This page provides a general overview of barbering and cosmetology services, and services that are often mistaken as barbering and cosmetology services, with information on the agencies that regulate those services.

Individual license holders should see the scope of practice guides for services you can provide under your current license.

SERVICE WHO REGULATES IT?

Beautifying treatments

Includes application to a person’s face, neck, shoulders, or arms.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, or Esthetician license)
Body Contouring

Contact the Texas Medical Board.

Contact DSHS for certain medical equipment.

Body Hair Removal

Includes using depilatories, preparations or chemicals, tweezers, or other devices or appliances of any kind.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, or Esthetician license)
Body Wraps Not regulated and do not require a license in Texas.
Botox Contact the Texas Medical Board
Chemical Peeling Contact the Texas Medical Board
Cleansing Treatments TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, or Esthetician license)
Cool Sculpting Contact the Texas Medical Board

Dermaplaning or Dermablading

Using a razor that is not a medical scalpel

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber license)

Dermaplaning or Dermablading

Using a medical scalpel

Contact the Texas Medical Board
Eyebrow threading Not regulated and does not require a license in Texas. Threading was de-regulated in 2017.

Eyelash Extensions

Includes using semipermanent, threadlike extensions composed of applying single fibers to a person’s eyelashes.

TDLR (Requires a Cosmetology Operator, Esthetician, or Eyelash Extension Specialist)
Eyelash Strips Not regulated and does not require a license in Texas.

Facial Beautifying or Cleansing

Includes administering facial treatments.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, or Esthetician license)
Film and TV You may provide “incidental cosmetic services” to an individual for the primary purpose of the filming of a television program or motion picture.
Hair and Mustache Services TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber or Cosmetology Operator license)
Hair Braiding, Natural Not regulated and does not require a license, but the use of chemicals or adhesives would require you to hold a hair-extension license.

Hair Services

Includes arranging, beautifying, coloring, processing, styling, trimming, or shaving a person's neck using a safety razor.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber or Cosmetology Operator license)

Hair Removal

Removal of body hair using depilatories, preparations or chemicals, tweezers, or other devices or appliances of any kind.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, or Esthetician license)

Hair Weaving

Includes attaching commercial hair to a person's hair or scalp.

TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, Hair Weaving Specialist, or Hair Weaving Specialist / Esthetician license)

Intradermal Cosmetics Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services
IV Hydration Contact the Texas Medical Board
Laser Hair Removal TDLR (Requires a Laser Hair Removal license license)

Laser Procedures

Beyond hair removal (e.g. Tattoo removal, etc.)

Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Medical Board

Lymphatic Drainage

As a massage technique manipulation of soft tissue for the purpose of body massage

TDLR (Requires a Massage Therapy license license)

Lymphatic Drainage

Beyond manipulation of soft tissue for the purpose of body massage (i.e., on open wounds or after surgery to help incision area drain)

Contact the Texas Medical Board
Manicures or Pedicures TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, Manicurist, or Manicurist/Esthetician license)
Massage

A Class A Barber, Cosmetology Operator, Esthetician, or Manicurist/Esthetician license holder may massage a person's scalp, neck, shoulders, arms, face, hands or feet.

A Manicurist license allows a practitioner to massage, cleanse, treat, or beautify a person's hands or feet.

All other massage services require a massage therapist license.

Microblading Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Medical Board
Microneedling Contact the Texas Medical Board

Mustache or Beard Services

Includes arranging, beautifying, coloring, processing, styling, trimming, or shaving using a safety razor.
TDLR (Requires a Class A Barber or Cosmetology Operator license)
Nursing Homes, Providing Services in Licensed nursing homes are exempt from requiring an establishment license when offering cosmetic services provided by volunteers and regular employees.
Makeup Application Not regulated and does not require a license in Texas
Permanent Makeup Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services
Photographic Services You may provide “incidental cosmetic services” to an individual for the primary purpose of photography (at a permanent establishment)
Saunas Some saunas may fall under the definition of health spas, which are regulated by Texas Secretary of State. Also see health spa FAQs.
Shampooing and Conditioning Shampooing and conditioning are not regulated and do not require a license in Texas. Shampooing was de-regulated in 2017.
Shaving

Cosmetology Operators may shaving a person's neck with a safety razor if it is preparatory or ancillary to another cosmetology service.

Cosmetology Operators and Class A Barbers may shave a person's face with a safety razor.

Class A Barbers may shave a shave with an unguarded razor.

Tanning Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services
Tattoos Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services
Teeth Whitening, other dental services Contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Television Actors Unlicensed individuals may provide “incidental cosmetic services” for the primary purpose of preparing participants for the filming of a television program or motion picture.
Wig, toupee, or hairpiece servicing Servicing a person's wig, toupee, or artificial hairpiece on a person's head or on a block after the initial retail sale is not considered barbering or cosmetology and does not require a license.