Nail Technology

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful nail technician or nail salon owner in Virginia? If you check out the Facebook page for “Nail Salon” in the Hampton area, you can see why nail artists need quality training, and marketing skills in today’s social-media driven world. With the right nail tech program, you can prepare to work in one of Virginia’s top salons, or bring your own vision to life as a nail salon owner. Once you review the information we laid out for you below, go ahead and reach out to the beauty schools near you that offer nail tech training

You can just use the search box at the top of this page, or review the listings below to see what your current options are. We always encourage students to reach out to as many schools as possible so they can be sure to choose the best fit. Don’t forget to clearly express your career goals with each advisor you speak with to be sure you’re on the same page from the start.

State License Requirements
Education Details

To become a successful nail tech in Virginia, you should look for courses that go beyond basic nail skills. Clients want manicures, pedicures, and massage work in the best salons, so you should look carefully at the courses available at each program in your area. We also recommend looking for courses that enhance your professional skills in management and freelance work.

Virginia nail tech classes usually include: •

  • Nail forms and removal •
  • Hand and foot massage •
  • Safety and sanitation •
  • Nail products •
  • Bacteriology
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology license renewal in Virginia happens every two years at the end of the month in which your license was first issued. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner license is $105. Cosmetology instructors must pay a license renewal fee of $150. Permanent makeup artists must complete a minimum of 5 hours of safety and sanitation continuing education. Otherwise, cosmetology continuing education hours are not required for most beauty professions in Virginia.

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

The responsibility of a nail technologist is to maintain the appearance and grooming of a client's nails with manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle care, removing calluses, synthetic nail treatments and applying nail polish. To become a nail technologist in Virginia you must first;

  • Complete a formal education and training.
  • Pass the written and practical exams.
  • Obtain your license.

Jobs are predicted to grow at a rate of 16% over the next 6 years.

State board Contact Information

Virginia Board for Barbers & Cosmetology
Perimeter Center, Suite 400
9960 Maryland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone Number: 804-367-8509
Fax Number: 866-245-9693
E-mail Address:

For specific questions, including change of address information, license renewal and out-of-state licensing forms, please contact the Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology directly, using the contact information above.

Find the Beauty Schools in Virginia that interest you below,

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Arlington

4238 Wilson Boulevard,Ste. 2150
Arlington, VA 22203

Program: Cosmetology

Alure Hair Academy

21040 Sycolin Road,
Ashburn, VA 20147

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Midlothian-Richmond

10807 Hull Street Road,
Midlothian-Richmond, VA 23112

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Newport News

12365 Hornsby Ln,
Newport News, VA 23602

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Richmond

9049 West Broad Street,
Richmond, VA 23294

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Virginia-Beach

116 S. Independence Blvd.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Program: Cosmetology

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