Nail Technology Schools in Tennessee

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248 Northgate Mall Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

7106 Moores Lane Suite A
Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 353-8333
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

1433 Hollywood Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

(731) 427-6642
Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

568 Colonial Road
Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 761-1888
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

755 Chancery Street
Mcminnville, TN 37110

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

222 East Unaka Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 926-9095
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology

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CDRS Academy of Beauty – Accredited

400 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

D.A.Y. College of Cosmetology - Jackson – Accredited

21 Meridian Springs Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

D.A.Y. College of Cosmetology - Paris – Accredited

3000 East Wood Street
Paris, TN 38242

D.A.Y. College of Cosmetology - Selmer – Accredited

375 Mulberry Avenue
Selmer, TN 38375

Elite College of Cosmetology – Accredited

459 North Main Street
Lexington, TN 38351

Em'Pressed Beauty Academy

498 Bell Road Suite A
Nashville, TN 37217

Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology – Accredited

595 Hillsboro Road Suite 325
Franklin, TN 37064

Genesis Career College – Accredited

30 Rachel Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Genesis Career College - Cookeville – Accredited

880-A East 10th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

Global Beauty and Barber Institute

907 Rivergate Parkway Suite B-1
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Gould's Academy - Bartlett – Accredited

8000 U.S. Highway 64 Suite 108
Bartlett, TN 38133

Gould's Academy - Memphis – Accredited

1203 Ridgeway Road Suite 203
Memphis, TN 38119

Halo School of Cosmetology – Accredited

210 East Economy Road
Morristown, TN 37814

Last Minute Cuts School of Barbering and Cosmetology

2195 South Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109

Lawrenceburg Technical College – Accredited

113 South Military Avenue
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Lebanon Beauty and Style Academy – Accredited

414 East Market Street
Lebanon, TN 37087

Love Beauty School – Accredited

1161 Murfreesboro Highway
Manchester, TN 37355

Mark Anthony's School Of Cosmetology – Accredited

1810 Shady Book Street Suite 2
Columbia, TN 38401

Nestle Beauty School – Accredited

210 North Brewer Street
Paris, TN 38242

Paul Mitchell The School Nashville – Accredited

235 East Main Street Suite 200
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Premiere Nail Academy

4384 Stage Road Suite 400
Memphis, TN 38128

Proficient Nail Academy

111 spring Street 5 & 6
Johnson city, TN 37604

Queen City College – Accredited

1594 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37042

Sandra Academy of Salon Services – Accredited

907 Main Street
New Tazewell, TN 37825

Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

5620 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Signature Design Beauty Academy – Accredited

211 West Coffee Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Studio 75 Hair Academy – Accredited

4970 Navy Road
Millington, TN 38053

Sweetwater Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

409 Sweetwater Vonore Road
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald – Accredited

813 West Main
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston – Accredited

740 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570

Tennessee Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

2438 East Andrew Johnson Highway
Morristown, TN 37814

The Black Pearl Nail Academy

948 East Brooks Road
Memphis, TN 38116

The Hair Academy - Fayetteville – Accredited

513 College Street West
Fayetteville, TN 37334

The Memphis Skin Academy – Accredited

6001 Bartlett Center Drive
Bartlett, TN 38134

The Nail Academy

257 South Willow Avenue Suite 1
Cookeville, TN 38501

The Nail Institute Of Memphis

6850 Hillshire Drive
Memphis, TN 38133

Urban Beauty Barber Institute – Accredited

3250 Coleman Road
Memphis, TN 38128

West TN College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1186 Highway 45 Bypass
Jackson, TN 38301
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Cost of Nail Technician School Across TN

Metro Average Tuition
Huntsville / Decatur / Florence $7,488
Memphis $6,950
Nashville $6,613
Kingsport / Bristol $5,500
Knoxville $4,050

Comparing Program Costs in TN

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $11,543 - $19,460
Lowest range: $3,625 - $11,543
Average: $11,764
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $6,033 - $9,070
Lowest range: $2,995 - $6,033
Average: $6,455

How to Become a Manicurist in Tennessee

Tennessee Nail Technology Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for manicurists in Tennessee is $22,890 ($11.01/hour). This is lower than the national average of $25,770 ($12.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2016–2026 for manicurists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 10%.

Tennessee's beauty industry is all about being glamorous, being over-the-top, and making a statement. When you become a nail technician in this state, you can have a lot of fun creating new nail art styles and working with all sorts of artificial nails.

From quick-service nail salons to luxury resort spas, there are plenty of places you can work as a manicurist.

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a nail technology license

TN nail tech programs should prepare you to get your license after graduation. You must pay $140 to the Tennessee Division of Regulatory Boards and sign up to take your licensing exams. After your application is approved and you pass both exams, you can receive your initial license!

Education Details

You build the foundation of your career in a nail technician program. The state of Tennessee requires you to spend at least 600 hours on your education, which means that you may be able to earn your license in a matter of months. As you learn about theory, you put theories to work by practicing on mannequins. Once you've gotten enough practice, you can work with clients while being supervised by an instructor.

What You Learn in TN Nail Technician Training

  • Sterilization, sanitation, and bacteriology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • State law
  • Product chemistry
  • Manicuring techniques
  • Pedicuring techniques
  • Massage
  • Nail care
  • Nail art
  • Nail wraps
  • Nail tips
  • Sculptured nails
  • Gel nails

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Tennessee is required every two years, and you can renew your license up to 60 days before its expiration date. Barber license renewal costs $80. Cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, natural hairstylist and shampooer license renewal costs $50. Instructor license renewal costs $60. You must pay a $25 late fee if your application is received after the expiration date. Cosmetology and barber instructors must complete 16 approved CEUs every two years. There are currently no continuing education requirements for beauty practitioners.

Tennessee Nail Technology Careers


Average yearly salary for nail technology in Tennessee

Since Tennessee has such a big tourism industry, you can work with local residents and tourists from all over the world. If you work at a resort spa in a vacation town or major city, you could help travelers relax and look great. At a walk-in salon, you never know who you'll see or what kind of nail care they'll want. Between 2016 and 2026, job openings for nail technicians may jump 25% in Tennessee (CareerOneStop, 2020). The average salary for a Tennessee nail technician is $22,890 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

One job option for a nail technologist involves offering manicures, pedicures, silk wraps, acrylic nails, and gel nails in a nail salon. Additional job options include working in a hair salon or day spa. A nail technologist may also open a mobile grooming company of their own. Trained Tennessee nail technologists have a rosy job outlook according to the job numbers.

Some of the most popular salons in Tennessee are:

Contact the Tennessee State Board of Nail Technology

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
Nail Technology

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