Nail Technology Schools in Kentucky

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Bailey's Institute of Beauty

649 Knox Boulevard
Radcliff, KY 40160

Bellefonte Academy Of Beauty – Accredited

420 Bellefonte Street
Russell, KY 41169

Berea Beauty Academy – Accredited

213 Pauline Drive Suite 1
Berea, KY 40403

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training – Accredited

5659 Main Street
Thelma, KY 41260

College for Technical Education - Lexington – Accredited

1165 Centre Parkway 120
Lexington, KY 40517

College for Technical Education - Nicholasville – Accredited

973 South Main Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356

CTE School Of Cosmetology – Accredited

2135 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391

Edge Academy of Beauty – Accredited

356 Manchester Square Shopping Center Suite 19
Manchester, KY 40962

Great Ambitions School of Cosmetology – Accredited

1102 Paris Road Suite 19
Mayfield, KY 42066

Ideal Beauty Academy - Louisville – Accredited

10213 Linn Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223

Louisville Beauty Academy – Accredited

1049 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

Nailchella Nail Academy

1385 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40210

PJ's College of Cosmetology - Bowling Green – Accredited

1901 Russellville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

PJ's College of Cosmetology - Glasgow – Accredited

920 Happy Valley Road
Glasgow, KY 42141

PJ's College of Cosmetology - Louisville – Accredited

2911 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40220

South Eastern Beauty Academy – Accredited

318 Second Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

Summit Salon Academy - Lexington – Accredited

1300 New Circle Road Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40505

The Beauty Institute - Maysville – Accredited

111 West 2nd Street
Maysville, KY 41056
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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.

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How to Become a Manicurist in Kentucky

Kentucky Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 1 year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Kentucky is $24,490 ($11.77/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 5% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 10%.

Every day brings something new in the beauty industry, which is why it's such a great career path for creative, hardworking people.

If you're on the lookout for a career with scheduling flexibility, growth options, and lots of exposure to the world of beauty, this is a great time to learn about nail tech programs in Kentucky.

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

Through the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, you can apply for licensure after completing your education and passing both licensing exams.

Education Details

It's important to get the right training at a KY nail tech program. The state requires at least 600 hours of training at an approved school. You need to understand theory, but it's even more crucial to have on-point practical skills. After getting enough practice with mannequin hands, you can move on to real clients under the supervision of your instructor.

Required Courses at Kentucky Nail Schools

  • Sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation
  • Manicuring techniques
  • Nail condition and structure
  • Professional ethics
  • Salon and spa management
  • Nail growth habits
  • Oil and water manicures
  • Nail polish changes
  • Safety measures
  • Artificial nail repair and removal
  • Buffing Use of nail lacquer

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology licenses in Kentucky must be renewed every year between July 1 and July 31. Apprentice cosmetologists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians must pay a renewal fee of $20. Renewal fees range from $25 to $110 for other professions. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Kentucky, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. It is extremely important to renew no later than July 31, otherwise you must have your license restored. This process comes with fees ranging from $75 to $220.

Kentucky Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Kentucky

Nail technicians offer tons of different services, including polishing, artificial nails, hand massage, pedicures, and nail art. When you get involved in this industry, you can choose the services that interest you most and focus on those techniques. If you are crazy about nail art, build a reputation for your nail art skills at a local nail salon, full-service hair salon, or spa. There are lots of options in major cities like Bowling Green and Lexington, but Kentucky's suburban areas also have booming beauty industries. By the year 2026, job openings for manicurists may swell 5% (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for a manicurist in Kentucky is $24,490 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Job options for nail technologists includes tending to the personal care needs of customers in nail salons, spas, and beauty salons. In these environments, a nail technologist may offer services such as manicures, pedicures, and nail art design. As a final job option, a nail technologist can work for themselves. For nail technologists, the numbers say that the job outlook is bright.

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