Nail Technician Schools in Texas

If you hope to become a nail technician in Texas, now may be a great time. As more beauty brands open in the state, Texas is increasingly becoming seen as a hub for the industry as a whole.

Browse our directory of nail technician schools in Texas, or skip ahead to learn about the state's nail technician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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8620 Burnet Road Suite 300
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 968-2835
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry

500 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 968-2835
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology

808 West I-20 Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76017

(682) 999-3150
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

7001 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106

(806) 349-4101
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

6804 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 244-4604
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

1580 George Dieter Drive Suite 207
El Paso, TX 79936

(915) 213-0470
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

605 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 922-5900
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

510 West Pioneer Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Cosmetology, Nail Technology

2716 West Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75061

Cosmetology, Nail Technology

907 Highway 80
San Marcos, TX 78666

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

1836 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78201

(866) 227-3779
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

6012 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

(866) 227-3779
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

800 Fern Avenue
McAllen, TX 78501

(866) 227- 3779
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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249 Beauty College

13612 State Highway 249
Houston, TX 77086

360 Degrees Beauty & Barber College

10638 FM 1960 Road West
Houston, TX 77070

3D Lash & Brow Salon & Academy - Dallas

4230 LBJ Freeway Suite 122
Dallas, TX 75244

3D Lash & Brow Salon & Academy - Forney – Accredited

205 East US Highway 80, 175
Forney, TX 75126

89 Beauty School

18910 FM 529 Suite 8
Cypress, TX 77433

A Plus Beauty Academy

3465 West Walnut Street
Garland, TX 75042

ABC Beauty Academy – Accredited

2109 Buckingham Road
Richardson, TX 75081

Academy Of Cosmetology - Lubbock

6520 University Avenue Suite 7
Lubbock, TX 79413

Academy of Hair Design - Jasper – Accredited

348 Springhill Street
Jasper, TX 75951

Academy of Hair Design - Lufkin – Accredited

512 South Chestnut
Lufkin, TX 75901

Ace Academy

1140 Empire Central Place Suite 105 B
Dallas, TX 75247

Adia Beauty – Accredited

550 South Carrier Parkway Suite 570
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Advanced Barber College and Hair Design – Accredited

2818 South International
Weslaco, TX 78596

Advanced Beauty Academy

3910 Fairmont Parkway Suites I/J
Pasadena, TX 77504

Allstar Beauty College

10925 Beechnut Street Suite B207
Houston, TX 77072

American Beauty College

1006 East Yager Lane 110
Austin, TX 78753

American Manicure School Of Art

1950 North Northwest Loop 323 Suite 300
Tyler, TX 75707

Ann Gee's Barber Academy

4310 West Illinois 220
Midland, TX 79703

Baldwin Beauty School - North Austin Campus – Accredited

8440 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

Baldwin Beauty School - South Austin Campus – Accredited

3005 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Bale Beauty Academy

100 West Pioneer Parkway Suite 105
Arlington, TX 76010

Barber Institute of Texas - Lewisville – Accredited

2325 South Stemmons Freeway 404
Lewisville, TX 75067

Barber Institute of Texas - Longview – Accredited

2430 South High Street Suite B4
Longview, TX 75602

Bbolm College Of Cosmetology

2300 Schwertner Drive
Killeen, TX 76543

Beauty Kulture Academy

1229 East Pleasant Run Road Suite 212
DeSoto, TX 75115

Beauty Models School

919 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76013

Bella Beauty College - Austin North

4631 Airport Boulevard 101
Austin, TX 78751

Bella Beauty College - Austin South

623 West Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Bella Beauty College - Corpus Christi

5817 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78413

Bella Beauty College - San Antonio

720 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78221

Bella Beauty College - Waco

3110 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76710

Bellagio Beauty School

1288 West Main Street Suite 216
Lewisville, TX 75067

BGM Science of Beauty And Business – Accredited

810 West State Street
Garland, TX 75040

BGM Science of Esthetics And Eyelashes – Accredited

605 West State Street
Garland, TX 75040

BL Cosmetology School

12357 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77099

Central Texas Beauty College - Round Rock – Accredited

1400 North Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78664

Central Texas Beauty College - Temple – Accredited

2010 South 57th Street
Temple, TX 76504

Chic Academy of Nails and Cosmetology – Accredited

111 North 23rd Street Suite 120 - 130
McAllen, TX 78501

Colour Beauty School

16233 Clay Road 318-A
Houston, TX 77084

Compassion Beauty School – Accredited

6672 South Texas 6
Houston, TX 77083

Couture Beauty Academy

6441 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057

Cureosity Academy Of Art – Accredited

501 Green Street
Longview, TX 75601

Dallas Beauty Academy – Accredited

3905 West Walnut Street
Garland, TX 75042

Dallas Lash Academy – Accredited

3259 West Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75237

Danny's Beauty School – Accredited

4000 East Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Design Beauty College

1401 Spring Cypress Road Suite 102
Spring, TX 77373

Dfw Skin Institute

4230 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75244

E.L. Robertson International Beauty and Business Institute

7211 Regency Square Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036

East Texas Cosmetology College – Accredited

3302 College Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904

Elegance Barber & Styling Academy

9490 Webb Chapel Road
Dallas, TX 75220

Empire Academy

609 Main Street
Friona, TX 79035

Erma's Beauty School – Accredited

877 TX-21 Suite 200
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Evvaylois Academy School of Barbering – Accredited

2244 South Market
Brenham, TX 77833

Evvaylois Academy School of Beauty – Accredited

2244 South Market Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Expert Barber Beauty Academy

1000 West Rosemeade Parkway Suite 110
Carrollton, TX 75007

Exposito School of Hair Design – Accredited

3710 Mockingbird Lane
Amarillo, TX 79109

Finetta Barber And Beauty Academy

1808 G Brothers Boulevard
College Station, TX 77845

Finetta Beauty And Barber Academy – Accredited

120 West 3rd
Hearne, TX 77859

Flavous Beauty Academy – Accredited

1203 North Kentucky Street Suite C
Mckinney, TX 75069

Fort Worth Beauty School - Granbury – Accredited

2901 Glen Rose Highway Suite 102
Granbury, TX 76048

G.A. Nails Beauty Academy – Accredited

3301 North Ware Road
McAllen, TX 78501

Garland Beauty College

3112 North Jupiter Road Suite 115
Garland, TX 75044

Gloria's Barber College

6812 Bandera Road Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78238

Got Nails University

3749 Erie Street Suite D
Houston, TX 77017

Graduate America College

1225 Belt Line Road Suite 7
Garland, TX 75040

Hill College - Cleburne

2112 Mayfield Parkway
Cleburne, TX 76033

Hill College - Hillsboro

112 Lamar
Hillsboro, TX 76645

Hollywood Beauty School

2224 Buckingham Road Suite 103
Garland, TX 75042

Houston Brows & Beauty School – Accredited

14347 Torrey Chase Boulevard D
Houston, TX 77014

Houston Training School - Gesner Campus – Accredited

3722 South Gessner Road
Houston, TX 77063

Houston Training School - Main Campus – Accredited

10314 East Freeway
Houston, TX 77026

I Heart Lash Academy

14460 Hillcroft Street
Houston, TX 77085

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Denton – Accredited

2215 South Loop 288
Denton, TX 76021

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - El Paso – Accredited

750 Sunland Park Drive
El Paso, TX 79912

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Hurst – Accredited

1101 Melbourne Road Suite B-5A
Hurst, TX 76053

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Irving

2426 Irving Mall B-5C
Irving, TX 75062

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Mesquite – Accredited

1900 Oates Drive 175
Mesquite, TX 75150

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Plano – Accredited

3033 West Parker Road 205
Plano, TX 75023

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty - Wichita Falls – Accredited

3111 Midwestern Parkway Suite 110
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Inspired By Beauty

1504 Cessna Drive
El Paso, TX 79925

Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage

7011 Harwin Drive Suite 100
Houston, TX 77036

Instituto de Belleza y Arte

505 South 12th Street
McAllen, TX 78501

Instyle Beauty Academy

306 East Main Suite 15
Alton, TX 78573

Km Beauty Institute

2045 Forest Lane Suite 170
Garland, TX 75042

La Palm Beauty School

9910 Windmill Lakes Boulevard
Houston, TX 77075

Lashing Out Ink Academy – Accredited

544 West Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite 210
Harker Heights, TX 76548

Lashing Out Ink Academy-Houston – Accredited

6766 Antoine Drive
Houston, TX 77091

Latin America Beauty School

5839 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Le Chic Beauty Academy – Accredited

4500 Highway 6 North a
Houston, TX 77084

Legacy Beauty Academy

112 Commerce Street
Tomball, TX 77375

M&J Academy

10705 Plano Road Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75238

Meraki Institute Of Beauty And Wellness

1200 West Polk Avenue Suite L-N
Pharr, TX 78577

Mission Beauty Institute – Accredited

1123 East 9th Street
Mission, TX 78572

Ml Beauty Academy

3730 North Josey Lane Suite 109
Carrollton, TX 75007

Modern Beauty Academy

3030 North Josey Lane 128
Carrollton, TX 75007

Mogo Salon Academy

19380 Texas Highway 105
Montgomery, TX 77356

Nuvani Institute - Austin – Accredited

801 East William Cannon Drive Suite 115
Austin, TX 78745

Panola College

1109 West Panola Street
Carthage, TX 75633

Pathway Vocational Academy - Beaumont – Accredited

3141 College Street A10
Beaumont, TX 77701

Paul Mitchell The School Arlington – Accredited

309 Curtis Mathes Way Suite 101
Arlington, TX 76018

PR Beauty College

580 West Arapaho 298
Richardson, TX 75080

R & E Cosmetology School

808 Park Street
Baytown, TX 77520

Remington College - Houston – Accredited

11310 Greens Crossing Boulevard Suite 300
Houston, TX 77067

Remington College - League City

2051 West Main Street
League City, TX 77573

Ridica Cosmetology & Barber School – Accredited

7820 FM 1960 Suite 201
Humble, TX 77346

RIVA Institute of Cosmetology

110 East Agostadero Street
Weslaco, TX 78596

Riverside Barber & Beauty Institute – Accredited

707 North Riverside Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76111

Salon & Spa Institute – Accredited

2695 North Coria Street
Brownsville, TX 78520

Salon Boutique Academy – Accredited

4135 Belt Line Road Suite 102
Addison, TX 75001

San Jacinto Community College - North Campus

5800 Uvalde Road
Houston, TX 77049

Shelby College Center – Accredited

3600 Loop 500
Center, TX 75935

Sinclair's Career Cosmetology School

2200 FM 157 North Suite 222
Mansfield, TX 76063

Southeast Texas Career Institute – Accredited

975 Highway 327 East
Silsbee, TX 77656

Southern Texas Careers Academy – Accredited

1506 East Griffin Parkway Suite E
Mission, TX 78572

Star Skin Institute – Accredited

4230 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway #117
Dallas, TX 75244

State Barber School

1030 West Arkansas Lane Suite 306
Arlington, TX 76013

Stay Ready Nails Academy

12714 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77060

Texas Beauty College – Accredited

4123 Denton Highway
Haltom City, TX 76177

Texas College of Cosmetology - Abilene – Accredited

117 Sayles Boulevard
Abilene, TX 79605

Texas College of Cosmetology - Lubbock – Accredited

3602 Slide Road Suite B-18
Lubbock, TX 79414

Texas College of Cosmetology - San Angelo – Accredited

3504 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904

The Beauty Point Academy

4404 Callaghan Road
San Antonio, TX 78228

The Lash Room Academy – Accredited

209 East Main Street
Alice, TX 78332

The Professional Cosmetology Academy – Accredited

1407 Calle del Norte Suite 116
Laredo, TX 78041

The Strand Institute of Beauty & Esthetics – Accredited

1018 U.S. Highway 181
Portland, TX 78374

The Studio College Of Beauty

1001 South 10th Street Suite O
McAllen, TX 78501

Total Beauty Career Training Institution

1127 Oakland Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Trendsetters Barber & Beauty College – Accredited

9120 Perrin Beitel road
San Antonio, TX 78217

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

1120 Vista de Oro Drive
El Paso, TX 79935

Trucco Beauty Institute – Accredited

11385 James Watt Drive Suite B 44053
El Paso, TX 79936

UCAS Univ Of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

1601 East Price Road Suite E
Brownsville, TX 78521

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - Fredericksburg Road – Accredited

4522 Fredericksburg Road A-85
San Antonio, TX 78201

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - Harlingen – Accredited

801 North 13th Street Suite 2
Harlingen, TX 78550

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - La Joya – Accredited

724 East Expressway 83
La Joya, TX 78560

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - McAllen – Accredited

8401 North 10th Street
McAllen, TX 78504

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences - Military Drive – Accredited

910 Southeast Military Drive Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78214

United Beauty College

1940 Walnut Plaza
Carrollton, TX 75006

William Edge Institute – Accredited

651 North Business IH35 Suite 330
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Yahweh Beauty Academy – Accredited

431 North 38th Street
Killeen, TX 76543
Accredited School

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 Texas

Texas Nail Technician Careers At A Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Texas is $25,890 ($12.45/hour). This is higher than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 18% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

Nail technicians in Texas must meet these standards:

  1. Have a high school diploma or equivalency
  2. Be at least 17 years old
  3. If you've been convicted of a felony or pled guilty/no contest to a federal offense, you must submit a Criminal History Questionnaire with the rest of your application materials. Each questionnaire will be reviewed by the board to decide whether or not they'll issue your license (decisions are made on a case-by-case basis)
  4. Complete 600 hours of training in a beauty school approved by the state
  5. Pass a written exam and a skills exam

Texas also offers a dual license called an "esthetician/manicurist" license. To earn this license, you need to complete 1,200 hours of esthetician/manicurist education or 750 hours of esthetician and 600 hours of manicurist instruction.  

If you already hold separate esthetician and manicurist licenses, you can upgrade to the esthetician/manicurist license by completing the other subject's training and submitting an application and a $50 fee.

What to Expect From a Nail Technician Program in Texas

600 Hours

Time to complete a Nail Technician program in Texas

Nail techs in Texas can choose from 227 state-approved beauty schools. For a beauty school to be approved by the state licensing department, the schools must meet the following requirements:

  • Classrooms must be separated from lab space by walls.
  • There has to be enough space to appropriately instruct the number of students enrolled in a course and enough space for ten students at a minimum.
  • They must have a sink with hot and cold water and a place to store equipment.

For a school to have an approved manicurist program, they also must offer their students equipment like client chairs, electric nail files, and whirlpool footbaths.

In your 600 hours of nail tech instruction, you can expect to take classes in:

  • Bacteriology
  • Sanitation
  • Safety
  • Supplies
  • Professional Practice

Texas Nail Technician Licensing Requirements

After completing your 600 hours of training, you'll take your exams. After the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration (TDLR) determines you're eligible, you'll receive an email to schedule your tests. You must take and pass the written exam, which costs $50, before you're able to take the practical test. The practical exam costs $72.

The manicurist exams are offered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. TDLR approves your eligibility for your exams, but the exams are administered by PSI, a third-party vendor. You may take your exams at several locations across the state.  

After you've passed the practical exam, you may receive a temporary license while you wait for your permanent one to arrive in the mail. Temporary licenses are issued by PSI on the day you pass your practical exam and are valid for 21 days.

Texas Nail Technician Licensure Reciprocity

If you earned your manicurist license in a state other than Texas, you may use the interactive tool featured on TDRL's website to check if they accept your state's licensure. In general, Texas recognizes licenses from states with similar licensing requirements.

If your state's license is recognized by Texas, you must complete a form, pay a $100 application fee, provide a copy of your current license, and submit a sealed letter of certification from the agency that awarded your license. If your state doesn't meet Texas' standards, you submit all of the above plus a certification of your training hours from the school where you studied. The state will then tell you what you need to do to complete any additional requirements.

Nail Technician License Renewal in Texas

2 Years

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

You need to renew your manicurist license every two years. You can complete the required four hours of continuing education anytime in the two years leading up to your license renewal.  TDLR recommends starting your renewal process 60 days before your license expires since the renewal process may last several weeks.

If you let your license expire, the way it's handled will differ depending on how long it has been expired.

Nail Technician Salary in Texas and Projected Job Growth


Average yearly salary for Nail Technician in Texas

Nail technicians earned an annual median pay of $25,890 ($12.45/hour) in 2019.

Texas manicurist jobs are expected to grow by a whopping 18% between 2016 and 2026.

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Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations

Resources for Nail Technician in Texas

Texas Board of Licensing and Regulation: Cosmetology
This board sets licensing standards, publishes updates, and grants you approval for taking your exams. On their site, you can find which beauty schools are approved by the state, find out if a license you received in another state transfers to Texas, download and submit your license application forms, and more.

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