Nail Technology

With artificial nails, an electric nail file, dozens of colors of nail polish, and a manicuring kit, you can achieve almost any effect on fingernails and toenails

If you are serious about creating on-point nail art that fits any situation or event, you could start the career of your dreams by becoming a nail technician.

State License Requirements
Hours (At Least 9 Weeks)

You’re done with nail school, and now it’s time to contact the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology to get your license. When you submit your application documents, you must pay a fee of $233. They approve your application and set up your licensing exams. Passing exam scores are the final requirements in this process.

Education Details

Don’t rush into a school decision. In fact, this is such an important part of your future career that you should contact several schools in your area, talk to admissions advisors, and see nail schools in person before making your choice. To pursue licensure in Mississippi, you need at least 350 hours of education from an approved school. Licensed Mississippi schools provide thorough training on core topics.

Topics Taught at Mississippi Nail Schools

  • Business skills and salon management
  • Nail sciences
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Tips and wraps
  • Monomer liquid
  • Polymer powder
  • UV gels
  • Electric nail file use
  • Nail polish and nail art
  • Airbrushing
  • Nail embellishments
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology licenses are renewed every 2 years in Mississippi. Cosmetology continuing education is not required for most beauty licenses in Mississippi. Cosmetology instructors must complete 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years to renew their licenses. A master cosmetologist needs 16 hours of continuing education to get the master license, and renewing this license every 2 years requires the completion of 8 continuing education hours. Electrologists require 30 continuing education hours. A regular license costs $50 to renew and a master license costs $70 to renew.

Job Outlook Decrease
Between 2012 - 2022

Once you take the plunge, how can you get started in the field of nail technology? Manicurists are hired at hair salons, nail salons, and spas all over Mississippi, so this skill can really take you wherever you want to go. A big part of working in nail technology is building a base of customers, so you may focus on getting your name out there and providing service that exceeds expectations while you fill your schedule. The sky’s the limit in this field. You could open your own nail salon or rent a space and become self-employed. Currently, Mississippi nail technicians earn a mean annual income of $21,680 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as a Nail Technician

A viable job option for a trained nail technologist is working in a nail salon applying acrylic nails, silk wraps, manicures, pedicures, and gel nails. Another job option is entrepreneurship. A technologist can work from home, open a shop of her own, or open a mobile grooming company. A pleasing job outlook is in the forecast for trained nail technologists.

Some of the most popular salons in Mississippi are:

State board Contact Information

Mississippi Board of Cosmetology
239 North Lamar, Suite 301
Jackson, MS 39201
PO Box 55689
Phone Number: 601-359-1820
Fax Number: 601-354-6639

For specific questions, please contact the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology directly for more information.

Find the Beauty Schools in Mississippi that interest you below,

Blue Cliff College - Gulfport

12251 Bernard Parkway,
Gulfport, MS 39503

Program: Cosmetology

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