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Do I Need an Esthetician License for Lash Extensions in California?

If you're considering offering lash extensions as a beauty service in California, you might be wondering if you need to obtain an esthetician license. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, and it's essential to understand the regulations specific to your location. In this blog post, we'll focus on lash extension services in California and provide an overview of the licensing requirements imposed by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

What type of license do I need?

In California, you need either a cosmetology or esthetician license to professionally offer lash extension services. The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology oversees the practice of esthetics, including lash extensions. To learn more about other services that estheticians provide, check out this blog.

What if I'm already "certified"?

Certifications can offer specialized training for services like lash extensions. We have some alumni that offer courses focused on creating amazing lash looks. However, certifications are not standardized or recognized by the State Board. So, without a cosmetology or esthetician license, you won't legally be able to charge for lash extensions.

What are Lash Extensions?

Lash extensions have gained immense popularity for their ability to enhance natural lashes, providing volume and length that last. The process involves attaching synthetic (or natural) lashes to the natural ones using a semi-permanent adhesive. While lash extensions can be a fun and lucrative service, it's crucial to ensure you comply with the state's regulations.


If you want to provide lash extension services in California, you'll need your cosmetology or esthetician license. By completing the necessary education, training, and exam, you can ensure compliance with the law, prioritize client safety, and focus on building your lash business. Remember to stay informed about any updates or changes in licensing regulations by subscribing to the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology's email list.

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