In the south, they take their beauty seriously! Kentucky offers great programs and schools for anyone looking for a future in cosmetology, hair care, and nail technology.

If you’re passionate about doing creative work and helping other people feel more beautiful, working as a nail technician can give you the freedom to be creative, and the stability of a great job.

Best of all, you’ll be working with people who appreciate your skills. Start with the right program at a great school, and you’ll have your license in no time.

one of the things you can enjoy in Kentucky while taking a break from your nail studies
The “Thunder Run” by [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Requirements at Nail Technician Schools in Kentucky

Becoming a nail technician in Kentucky is a lot of work, but it’s also engaging and interesting. Once you’ve proven your education requirements (you need at least a high school education) you can choose one Kentucky’s beauty schools to get your required 600 hours of study and training.

You’ll take courses in everything from career development, safety concerns, nail and skin disorders, and manicure and pedicure techniques. You may also choose to specialize in hand and arm massages. Your school is also where you will learn about Kentucky laws pertaining to salons, and take your practical exam.

Get Your Nail Tech License in Kentucky

Once you’ve completed your required hours for education and training, and passed the practical issued by your school, you can take the written exam. Be sure to schedule before your graduation.


Kentucky does not have endorsement or reciprocity agreements with any state. If you’re looking to transfer your license, you will have to apply for an out of state license. You will be required to prove your education is equal or greater than that required by the state. You’ll also need to prove a current license, and take and pass the Kentucky State Board’s written exam.

How To Renew Your Nail Tech License in KY

Kentucky State Board of Cosmetologists requires you to renew your license every year. The date of renewal is any time in the month of July. You are not required any continuing education courses to renew, but you must submit the renewal form and pay the licensing fee before the end of July.

Nail Jobs in KY

Working as a nail technician can be a very flexible and lucrative job. According to the state, Kentucky is experiencing an upsurge in the hiring and training of manicurists.

With your license in hand, you can work at a beauty salon, spa, or makeup counter all over the state. You may choose part time hours, or to open our own nail salon, once you’ve got a great client list. To get started, check out a Kentucky job board for information on who’s hiring in your area.

Learn here about 5 techniques you’ll learn in nail school.

Ashland School of Beauty – Ashland

J & M Academy of Cosmetology – Frankfort

Marvel’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts – Hopkinsville

Lexington Beauty College Inc – Lexington

P J’s College of Cosmetology – Louisville

Collins School of Cosmetology – Middlesboro

Tri-State Beauty Academy Inc – Morehead

Ezell Cosmetology School – Murray

Eastern School of Hair Design – Richmond

The Salon Professional Academy Lexington, KY

Somerset Beauty College Inc – Somerset

Nu-Tek Academy of Beauty – Sterling

Other Kentucky schools for cosmetologists, estheticians, barbers and makeup artists.

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