Nail Technology

If you want your nail artistry to wind up on a list like this one that shows off Austin’s top nail techs, then you’ll need to start with the right cosmetology school training. Becoming a nail technician is about more than simply painting nails. If you have seen some of the famous artists that trend on social media, you already know how high the bar already is. You may already be thinking about the cool designs you can create once you’ve got serious nail skills or even your own salon! The next step in a nail tech career in Texas is pretty straightforward

Just use the search box at the top of this page, or browse the school listings below to view your local options. We develop relationships with cosmetology schools in all fifty states to make sure it’s as simple as possible for you to navigate these unchartered waters. After you receive your nail tech training and start your career, just promise you’ll share your success with us on social media!

State License Requirements


  • Esthetician License and Nail Technician License
  • Or 600 Manicure Hours and 750 Esthetician Hours
  • Or 1200 Hours in a Joint Program
Education Details

To become an expert nail tech in Texas, you will need more than just a strong foundation in basic applications. You may want to consider programs that include professional and business skill topics as well. Since many nail techs decide to work on their own, or go into salon management, completing these courses during your initial training will help propel you towards achieving those goals.

Texas nail tech classes cover these topics: •

  • Extensions, wraps, and tips 
  • Sculpting procedures •
  • Nail care machines and tools •
  • Safety and hygiene
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Texas requires you to renew your license every two years by your original licensure date. The cost to renew your license is $50. Barber licenses are now $55 to renew. Cosmetologists, manicurists and estheticians under the cosmetology statutes are required to take 4 hours of continuing education during their licensure period. One hour must relate to sanitation and three hours must relate to methods. The laws regarding barber licensure do not require continuing education to renew licenses.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Nail Technician

Nail technologists service a client's nails with manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle care, removing calluses, synthetic nail treatments and nail polish application. Texas has a few requirements that must be met before you become a nail tech.

  • Complete and pass manicurist school.
  • Pass the written and practical nail technician exams.
  • Obtain and maintain your license.

Job growth is predicted to be at 16% through to 2022.

State board Contact Information

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations
920 Colorado
Austin, TX 78701
PO Box 12057
Austin, TX 78711
Phone Number: 512-463-6599
Fax Number: 512-463-9468
E-mail Address:

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