If you’re interested in starting a career in the beauty or cosmetology industry, waxing may be the perfect option for you. Waxing is a popular hair removal treatment that is growing in demand. In order to offer waxing services, you will need to obtain an appropriate professional license from the Florida Board of Cosmetology. Spoiler alert – it isn’t a “waxing license”.
In this article, we’ll discuss the educational requirements and procedures involved in obtaining a license to perform waxing services, so you can get started on your career as a professional waxing specialist.
What type of license do I need to perform waxing services in Florida?
There are actually three licenses from the Florida cosmetology board that can allow you to perform waxing services: the facial specialist license, the full specialist license, and the cosmetology license. Let’s review each license type to see which one is right for you.
This is the most common (and quickest) route for many waxing technicians. In many states, a facial specialist license is equivalent to an esthetician license. So, if you are outside Florida, investigate if waxing falls under the practice of esthetics.
To be eligible for a facial specialist license, you must complete a minimum of 220 hours of facial specialist training from a licensed cosmetology school. With a facial specialist license, you can perform many skincare services, including waxing.
With a full specialist license, you can perform both nail and skin care services – as it is a combination of the nail and facial specialists registrations. For the full specialist license, which again allows you to perform waxing services, you must complete a 400-hour full specialist program at a cosmetology school. The breakdown of the 400 hours requirement is 220 hours for the facial specialist program and 180 hours for the nail specialist program.
For a Florida cosmetology license, you will need to complete 1200 hours of training from a cosmetology school. With a cosmetology license, you can offer hair, nail, and skin care services.
Regardless of which one of the above you choose to pursue, you will learn how to perform all basic waxing services as part of your training. Let’s warm up some wax beads, get out some wooden sticks, and learn about what a waxing technician does.
What does a waxing technician do?
There are many different areas of the body that can be waxed, including the eyebrows, upper lip, chin, underarms, bikini area, legs, and back.
When performing a waxing treatment, it is important to use the proper techniques to avoid causing any pain or irritation to the skin.
Some of the common responsibilities for wax technicians include:
– Greeting customers and consulting with them to determine their desired results
– Selecting the appropriate type of wax for the treatment
– Applying the wax to the skin
– Removing the wax from the skin
– Providing aftercare instructions to customers
How do I apply for a waxing license in Florida?
After you get either your facial specialist, full specialist, or cosmetology training completed, it is time to apply for your license from the Florida Board of Cosmetology.
The first step is to complete an application for a cosmetology license from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, or DBPR. You will need to provide proof of your training hours and application fee.
Once you have met all the requirements and have been issued your license, you will be able to start offering waxing services to your clients.
Where can I work as a cosmetologist, full specialist, or facial specialist?
Once you have obtained your license, you will be able to work in a variety of different settings, including salons, spas, and resorts. Like all other cosmetology services, a location must have a salon license.
You can also choose to work independently in your own location or provide mobile services to your clients.
How much can a waxing technician make?
Waxing technicians can expect to earn a median salary of $30,000 per year. However, earnings will vary based on factors such as location, experience, and type of employer.
Florida is a great location for this career. The weather is ideal for people needing to be waxed for swimsuits, shorts, and beach-ready year round.
Advice for future waxers
If you’re thinking about starting a career in waxing, there are a few pieces of advice we would like to share with you. I find that people with these skills or qualities are best suited for a successful waxing career.
First, it is important to be passionate about the beauty industry and have a strong interest in helping others feel their best.
Second, it is essential to be detail-oriented and have a steady hand, as even the slightest mistake can result in an undesirable outcome.
Finally, it is important to be patient and understanding with your clients, as many of them may be nervous about the treatment. They may be afraid of the pain or vulnerable position they are about to put themselves in. Just imagine a client coming in for their first brow wax or Brazillian. You will need to be friendly, reassuring, and professional.
If you can do the above, you already have many of the qualities you need to have a successful waxing career! It is time for you to start looking for training. Here are some tips for finding a Florida cosmetology school. Most offer facial specialist, full specialist, and cosmetology programs throughout the year.
As you can see, you can start a waxing career after completing only 220 hours of training at a cosmetology school. That means you can have a new career in just a couple of months.
Of course, you may decide you want to add nail or hair services and will need to go for the full specialist or cosmetologist license training instead.
Whichever route you choose, we wish you the best of luck in your new career! Let us know about your plans or questions below.
Holly Davis says
Can you perform waxing or sugaring on clients without having a cosmetology or aesthetician license in the state of Florida. Do online specialty sugaring classes count as accredited and do they allow service providing?
Ivy Hultquist says
I have not ever heard that hair removal without a facial or full specialist or cosmetologist license.
Are you sure those classes are not for those licensed and wanting to take CE courses?
Here is the board FAQ on body waxing – http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/cosmetology/faqs/#1595007276585-9243d62f-dbc9
I would contact the board office for further guidance before taking a course.
Irene Valentin says
I just want to do waxing
Ivy Hultquist says
Great question! But, you I would assume you would still need a facial specialist license to perform waxing services since there is not a waxing license.