States and local authorities regulate beauty, massage and personal care services in many different ways. Education and experience may be a pre-requisite to obtaining a license to operate a spa or tanning facility. States may require passage of a standardized exam for each specialized service.
Adherence to basic health and safety standards are always a condition of holding a license. Salons and parlors may be subject to inspection by state and local officials. All licenses must be renewed annually or biennially.