Find a school by entering your ZIP further down this page, or simply keep reading.

How Many Hours is the Training?

There are many schools to choose from if you’d like to be a nail tech in TX. However, to legally perform any nail work in the state, you must first complete a 600-hour nail technician course. Such a program consists of training and classwork and is the same in hours among all the different colleges.

Texas state law requires that nail technician schools must offer programs that include sections such as

Each of these sections are also required, by law, to have a certain number of hours of instruction.

Exams: Practical and Written

To be eligible to receive manicurist certification, you will next be required to take and pass both a written and practical examination. You will begin by applying for this exam by submitting a Cosmetology License by Examination Application and indicating either the Manicurist Specialty or Cosmetology Manicurist.

You may also apply for a temporary permit by applying and paying online. Once you take and pass your practical exam, you will be able to apply for and pay for this permit, as well as begin practicing immediately. This permit is valid for only 21 days. During this time, the department will begin processing your two-year license.

Enter your ZIP below to see what schools are available and come to an informed decision about where you’d like to study to become a licensed professional TX nail technician.

Reciprocity for Nail Techs Moving to Texas

If you are already licensed in another state, you may be eligible to receive a Texas license automatically… especially if your home state has similar licensing requirements. However, TX does not recognize manicurists from other states who were trained through apprenticeships.

As long as the right conditions are met, you can complete a License by Reciprocity Application, which will then be submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (link). From there, you will be sent a postcard with information to help you register for your exams.

Some Texas Nail Technician Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
American National College1611 Spencer Highway Suite E, South Houston, 77587$5,000Cosmetology
Beauty School of Dallas4425 West Walnut Street Suite 315 Garland, 75042UnknownAesthetics
Central Texas Beauty College 2010 South 57th Street​ Temple, 76504$4,600Cosmetology
Exposito School of Hair Design3710 Mockingbird Lane
Amarillo, 79109
Houston Training School 10314 East Freeway
Houston, 77029
$5,200Cosmetology, Esthetician
Mims Classic Beauty College5121 Blanco Road, San Antonio, 78216$3,500Cosmetology

Austin Cosmetology & Permanent Cosmetics Institute – Austin

University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Harlingen

Behold Beauty Academy – Houston

Franklin Beauty Schools – Houston

Sebring Career Schools – Houston

Maitrix Beauty College – Houston

360 Degrees Beauty Academy – Houston

De professional Barber College – Houston

B1 Careers Beauty School – Houston

Ogle School of Hair, Skin, and Nails – Houston-Stafford

Sebring Career Schools of Hair – Huntsville

Angel Beauty Academy – Irving

Lumberton Adult Education – Lumberton

International Business School – McKinney

Star College of Cosmetology – Nacogdoches

S.W. School of Business & Technical Careers (Southwest-Commercial) – San Antonio

Sherman Cosmetology College – Sherman

Stephenville Beauty College – Stephenville

Texarkana Cosmetology Academy – Texarkana

Star College of Cosmetology – Tyler

Victoria Beauty College – Victoria

Vogue Beauty College –  Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Waco, McAllen, Lubbock, Corpus Christi

Star College of Cosmetology – Longview

Visit Texas Board of Cosmetology to learn about nail technician certification and license requirements.

Sterilization requirement for Texas nail workers pdf.

If you’ve never visited a nail school before you may want to take a look at our page describing what goes on when you are a student there day to day.

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