Esthetician Schools in Texas

Texas could be the perfect place to start a career as an esthetician. The state was named the sixth-worst state for oily skin and the ninth most beauty-obsessed state—meaning its residents may really want your help.

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

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6001 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752

Cosmetology, Esthetics

1110 Ayers Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Cosmetology, Esthetics

8188 Park Lane North Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75231

Cosmetology, Esthetics

21003 Encino Commons
San Antonio, TX 78259

(210) 222-0023
Cosmetology, Esthetics

19241 David Memorial Drive
Shenandoah, TX 77385

Cosmetology, Esthetics

500 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Cosmetology, Esthetics

2540 Marsh Lane Suite #120
Carrollton, TX 75006

(469) 962-2158

1580 George Dieter Drive Suite 207
El Paso, TX 79936

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

605 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 922-5900
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited

7001 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106

Cosmetology, Esthetics
Milan Institute – Accredited

6804 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 647-5100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

907 Highway 80
San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 392-8862
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training

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360 Degrees Beauty & Barber College – Accredited

10638 Fm 1960 Road West
Houston, TX 77070

ABC Beauty Academy – Accredited

2109 Buckingham Road
Richardson, TX 75081

American Beauty College – Accredited

1006 East Yager Lane #110
Austin, TX 78753

American Laser & Beauty Institute

1111 Babcock Road
San Antonio, TX 78201

Ann Webb Skin Institute – Accredited

11701 Jollyville Road
Austin, TX 78759

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

4631 Airport Boulevard 101
Austin, TX 78751

Bella Beauty College

623 West Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

5817 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78413

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

720 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78221

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

3110 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76710

BK Cosmo College of Cosmetology – Accredited

320 West Water Street Suite E
Kerrville, TX 78028

Boss Lady Beauty Academy

4402 Vance Jackson Suite 248
San Antonio, TX 78230

Caviar Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

6911 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79413

Champion Beauty College – Accredited

3920 Fm 1960 West #210
Houston, TX 77068

Dallas Lash Academy – Accredited

101-801 Greenville Avenue
Allen, TX 75002

Dallas Lash Academy – Accredited

259 Westcamp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75237

Dallas Skin Institute – Accredited

11909 Preston Road Suite 289
Dallas, TX 75230

Design Beauty College – Accredited

2566 Fm 1960
Houston, TX 77073

East Texas Cosmetology College – Accredited

3302 College Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904

Elite Beauty Academy – Accredited

8018 Boone Road
Houston, TX 77072

Fort Worth Beauty School – Accredited

4601 Boat Club Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135

Fort Worth Beauty School – Accredited

2901 Glen Rose Highway Suite 102
Granbury, TX 76048

G.A. Nails Beauty Academy – Accredited

3301 North Ware Road
Mcallen, TX 78501

Hands On Therapy – Accredited

1804 North Galloway Avenue
Mesquite, TX 75149

Houston Training Schools - Gessner Campus – Accredited

3722 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77063

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

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

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

3033 West Parker Road 205
Plano, TX 75023

Inspired By Beauty – Accredited

1504 Cessna Drive
El Paso, TX 79925

Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage – Accredited

7011 Harwin Drive Suite 100
Houston, TX 77036

Instituto de Belleza y Arte – Accredited

112 South Broadway
McAllen, TX 78501

International Beauty College #3 – Accredited

1225 Belt Line Road Suite 7
Garland, TX 75040

Laredo CHI Academy Beauty School – Accredited

1710 Peaceful Meadows Court
Laredo, TX 78041

Latin America Beauty School – Accredited

5839 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

McLennan Community College – Accredited

1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708

Modern Beauty Academy – Accredited

3030 North Josey Lane 128
Carrollton, TX 75007

Navarro College – Accredited

600 US-77 C
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Nuvani Institute – Accredited

801 East William Cannon Drive Suite 115
Austin, TX 78745

Nuvani Institute – Accredited

272 Commerical Street
Eagle Pass, TX 78852

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

17174 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75248

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

2208 West Park Row Drive Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76013

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

6333 East Mockingbird Lane Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75214

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

2324 San Jacinto Boulevard Suite 207
Denton, TX 76205

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

6125 Southwest Loop 820 Suite 128
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

720-B Arcadia Street
Hurst, TX 76053

Pathway Vocational Academy – Accredited

3141 College Street Suite A10
Beaumont, TX 77701

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

309 Curtis Mathes Way Suite 101
Arlington, TX 76018

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

2389 Midway Road Suite A
Carrollton, TX 75006

PR Beauty College

580 West Arapaho #298
Richardson, TX 75080

Professional Skin Care Academy

401 West 5th Street A
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Richland Hills Institute of Beauty

7600 Baker Boulevard
Richland Hills, TX 76118

Southeast Texas Career Institute – Accredited

975 Highway 327 East Suite 150
Silsbee, TX 77656

Southern Texas Careers Academy – Accredited

601 East Nolana Suite C
Mcallen, TX 78504

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

117 Sayles Boulevard
Abilene, TX 79605

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

3602 Slide Road Suite B-18
Lubbock, TX 79414

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

3504 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904

The Beauty Point Academy

4404 Callaghan Road
San Antonio, TX 78228

The Professional Cosmetology Academy – Accredited

1407 Calle del Norte Suite 116
Laredo, TX 78041

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

2440 South Stemmons Freeway Suite B
Lewisville, TX 75067

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

16640 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78332

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

601 TX-110 North
Whitehouse, TX 75791

The Strand Institute of Beauty & Esthetics – Accredited

1018 US Highway 181
Portland, TX 78374

Tristate 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 University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

913 North 13Th Street
Harlingen, TX 78550

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

724 East Expressway 83
La Joya, TX 78560

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

8401 North 10Th Street
Mcallen, TX 78504

University of the Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Vogue College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1712 34th Street
Lubbock, TX 79411
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How to Become a Esthetician in Texas

Texas Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 750 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 year.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in Texas is $25,220 ($12.13/hour). This is higher than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 20% job increase between 2016–2026 for estheticians. This is higher than the expected national growth of 11%.

Anyone who wants to work as an esthetician in the state of Texas must first meet a list of requirements. Specifically, you should:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (or take an "ability-to-benefit" test administered by a certified testing agency at a local community college)
  • Enroll and complete 750 hours of instruction at a Texas-licensed beauty school, or meet the relevant reciprocity mandates if coming from another state
  • Pass both written and practical licensing exams
  • Apply for your esthetician's license and pay a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Undergo a criminal history background check (licenses may be denied to those with certain criminal convictions)

Texas Esthetician Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetician in Texas

On average, estheticians in Texas earn $25,220 per year ($12.13/hour). The number of esthetician jobs in the state is predicted to grow by 20% between 2016-2026.

The highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Texas are:

  • Victoria: $37,890
  • Killeen-Temple: $35,710
  • El Paso: $33,560
  • Austin-Round Rock: $30,910
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $30,320

What to Expect From a Esthetician Program in Texas

750 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetician license

To complete your program and earn your esthetician's license, you'll need to complete 750 hours of training in a state-licensed beauty school. During your studies, you'll cover a wide range of topics relevant to working as an esthetician, including anatomy and physiology, product chemistry, common treatments, and sanitation and safety. Schools are advised to split the 750 hours across the curriculum as follows:

  • Facial treatment, cleansing, masking, and therapy: 225 hours
  • Anatomy and physiology: 90 hours
  • Electricity, machines, and related equipment: 75 hours
  • Makeup: 75 hours
  • Orientation, rules, and laws: 50 hours
  • Chemistry: 50 hours
  • Care of client: 50 hours
  • Sanitation, safety, and first aid: 40 hours
  • Management: 35 hours
  • Superfluous hair removal: 25 hours
  • Aromatherapy: 15 hours
  • Nutrition: 10 hours
  • Color psychology: 10 hours

It's important to verify your chosen school is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Beauty schools are inspected regularly and are expected to meet a high standard of compliance–including providing separate areas for clinical work and instructional theory, monitoring student records, maintaining hygiene practices, and keeping their licenses renewed and up to date.

Estheticians in Texas aren't licensed to perform manicures. To do so, you must either complete 1,200 total hours of esthetician/manicure instruction or 600 hours of manicure instruction in addition to the hours for your esthetician license. If you already actively hold both licenses, you may upgrade to an esthetician/manicurist specialty license by submitting a completed application form and paying the non-refundable application fee of $50.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Texas?

Currently, it's not possible to train as an esthetician in Texas via apprenticeship.

Texas Esthetician Licensing Requirements

Once you've completed 750 hours of training at a state-licensed beauty school, you need to pass both written and practical exams to gain your esthetician's license. You must pass the written examination before you can sit for the practical examination. This eligibility lasts for five years, and you may re-take the test as many times as needed during this period–though you need to pay for each examination attempt separately. Written exams are $50 per attempt, and practical exams are $72.

Upon confirming your eligibility, the TDLR will contact you with instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examinations, which are conducted by a third-party vendor (PSI) at many locations throughout the state. You can track your eligibility, progress, and exam results online at any time via the TDLR website.

Both exams are in English by default. However, you may be able to take them in Spanish of Vietnamese without extra fees. You may request to have the exam translated into other languages by contacting PSI and paying an additional cost. Additionally, all examination centers are equipped to provide access per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and accommodations can be made to meet a candidate's needs.

On the day of your exam, you should arrive at the examination site 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time with a valid photo ID and all necessary supplies and equipment, as specified in the exam bulletin.

The written examination covers 75 scored items in total and takes one hour and 45 minutes to complete. Candidates must achieve a 70% to pass. Points are divided across the following areas:

  • Licensing and Regulation: 11 questions (15%) on health and safety and responsibilities of the licensee
  • Infection Control: 19 questions (25%) on cleaning and disinfecting, implements, equipment, work environment, safety procedures, exposure incidents, patch tests, skin analysis, diseases, and disorders
  • Skin Care: 11 questions (15%) on physiology, skin analysis, skin types, and skin conditions
  • Facial Treatments: 19 questions (25%) on basic facial treatments

The practical examination covers 87 scored items in total and takes 1 hour and 55 minutes to complete. Candidates must achieve a 70% to pass. The exam covers a range of different practical tasks, in the following order:

  1. Pre-examination set up and disinfection: 10 minutes
  2. Eyelash strip application: 14 minutes
  3. Cleansing: 14 minutes
  4. Steaming: seven minutes
  5. Massage: 17 minutes
  6. Mask and moisturizing: 17 minutes
  7. Waxing with soft wax: 14 minutes
  8. Blood exposure incident: 12 minutes
  9. End of examination disinfection: 10 minutes

Once you've finished the exam, your grade will be handed to you at the testing center, along with a score report showing your strengths and weaknesses as demonstrated in the exam.

Texas Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

If you’re an esthetician in another state, you may be eligible for reciprocity in Texas, meaning you can use your currently active license in the state after meeting eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements vary according to the state you originally trained in. Once you've confirmed your license can be reciprocated, you'll need to do the following to gain licensure in Texas:

  • Gather and submit the required documentation
  • Submit a completed Cosmetology License by Reciprocity Application Form
  • Pay a $100 non-refundable application fee

Special considerations are made for active-duty military, veterans, and military spouses.

Esthetician Specialties in Texas

Once you're trained and licensed as an esthetician, you may choose to specialize in specific areas of practice. This can also extend to non-cosmetology services, such as tanning, massage, and "medspa" services. For some medspa treatments, you need additional training.

For example, estheticians may specialize in exfoliation (removing dead cells from the surface of a client's skin) via microdermabrasion, which is commonly performed with a purpose-built device. Similarly, estheticians may specialize in removing excess accumulations of dead skin cells using "light" or "superficial" chemical peels, which are non-invasive and non-aggressive.

However, treatments going deeper to penetrate living tissue must be performed by licensed physicians only, and a standard esthetician's license would not cover this.

Esthetician License Renewal in Texas

2 Year

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

In the state of Texas, all estheticians need to renew their licenses every two years. To renew, you must complete four hours of department-approved continuing education courses and pay a $50 renewal fee.

You can begin your renewal 60 days before your license expires, and your continuing education can be completed at any time in the two years before your license expires.

If you're 65 years old or more and have held an esthetician's license for at least 15 years, you only need to complete one hour of continuing education on the topic of sanitation.

If your license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 18 months, it may be renewed by paying a $100 fee. The same applies if your license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years, though you may also need additional approval from the licensure board's executive director. If your license has been expired for three years or more, you must apply for a new license and take your exams again.

License renewal may take several weeks to complete, so don't wait to begin the process–you cannot work as an esthetician in Texas once your license has expired.

Contact the Texas State Board of Esthetics

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations

Resources for Estheticians in Texas

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
This is the official state department for all matters relating to Texas licensure and career regulation.

This is the board that oversees all beauty school examinations within the state of Texas, including esthetician licenses and cosmetology.

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