Nail Technology Schools in District of Columbia

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Award Beauty School – Accredited

26 East Antietam Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Barbering

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A.C.C.H. Beauty Academy

6510 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042

Ai-Lien International Beauty Academy – Accredited

5541 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207

Anna Beauty Academy – Accredited

778 South 23Rd Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Circle Beauty Academy – Accredited

9547 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy – Accredited

11425 Isaac Newton Square South
Reston, VA 20190

Dominican House Of Beauty Academy – Accredited

14404 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Dudley Beauty College – Accredited

2031 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20018

Elany Beauty Academy – Accredited

8091-G Alban Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Haircentre Beauty Academy – Accredited

7115 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Hands To Hold Academy – Accredited

1515 Stafford Market Place
Stafford, VA 22556

International Beauty School 4 – Accredited

201 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Jolie Hair Academy – Accredited

10134 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

LA Skincare & Waxing School – Accredited

362 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Magic Nails & Skin Care

2112 South Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601

Maryland Institute of Nail Technology

1226 Race Road
Baltimore, MD 21237

Melanie Beauty Academy – Accredited

2415 Beacon Hill Road
Alexandria, VA 22306

Nail Design School

186 Meadowview Lane
Warrenton, VA 20186

Nails For You Training Academy

6393 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

Sesen Spa

112 Pleasant Street Northwest
Vienna, VA 22180

Skyline Beauty Academy – Accredited

5124 Leesburg Pike
Alexandria, VA 22302

Spectrum Beauty Academy – Accredited

25 South Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

Star Beauty School – Accredited

2263 Valor Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

Super Hair's Beauty Academy – Accredited

165 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

The Esthetic Institute – Accredited

8381 Old Courthouse Road
Vienna, VA 22182

Thuy's Nail School

50 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, VA 22304

Topcurl Beauty Academy – Accredited

12164 Central Avenue
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Unique U Academy – Accredited

8961 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079

Victor Beauty Academy – Accredited

7254 Maple Place
Annandale, VA 22003

Victory Nails – Accredited

2735 Metro Plaza
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Yen Beauty Academy – Accredited

5511 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22205
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

How to Become a Manicurist in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 350 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in District of Columbia is $29,650 ($14.26/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

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State License Requirements

350 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

In Washington DC, there are many beauty schools that can get you started on the path to becoming a nail technician. By the time you apply for licensure, you must have at least 350 training hours behind you. You must then pay $230 in licensing and exam fees. After passing your written and practical skills exams, you can get your license and begin working.

Education Details

If your goal is working as a DC nail tech, then you should start by comparing the course options at beauty schools in your area. Many programs offer a solid foundation of core classes, along with coursework that focuses on professional skills, such as salon management and ownership. That's why we always recommend comparing all the nail tech programs in your area before making an enrollment decision.

DC nail tech courses include:

  • Nail design
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Nail extensions

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician, electrologist, and permanent makeup licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

District of Columbia Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in District of Columbia

Job options for trained nail technologists includes working in a nail salon, day spa, or hair salon. Work in these environments typically involves offering customers exfoliation, massage, manicures, and pedicures. For the business-minded, opening an independent salon is a job option as well. The data reflects a strong job outlook for properly trained nail technologists in DC.

Contact the District of Columbia State Board of Nail Technology

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Nail Technology
District of Columbia

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