A person must obtain a health spa operator registration certificate from the Secretary of State before operating a health spa or offering for sale, or selling a membership in a health spa. An operator registration certificate is required for each health spa center. Under the Occupations Code, Section 1602.251 (c), a cosmetologist is only authorized to perform cosmetology services in a center authorized by TDLR as a cosmetology establishment. Therefore, if a person performs acts under a beautician license in a place of business, then that company must have a license for a cosmetology salon or specialty salon from TDLR.
A person must obtain a cosmetology license before performing a service regulated by the cosmetology statute, including facials, masks, general skin care, etc. See Occupations Code, Section 1602,003 for a specific list of exemptions set out in the statute of cosmetology. A day spa business makes money by charging its customers for a variety of products, treatments and personal care services. Contact your state's cosmetology board for information on licensing requirements, the scope of services covered by each license, and approved schools in your region.
It is essential to have a network of professionals to recommend to its customers the services that your own spa does not offer, and vice versa. Contact the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners to identify appropriate degrees for nursing license holders. Inspections are an essential part of every local environmental health program that must be required of spa owners. These guests will see your spa as a necessary resource for rejuvenation and as a special treat to spend a day of leisure.
In addition to the spa-specific cosmetology license, there are other business licenses and permits that you will also need before you start. Usually, a spa business requires enough space for all the services provided, such as a room for massages and baths, waxing, manicure and pedicure stations; a waiting room and receptionist area with tables and chairs, shelves for the products to be sold and a storage room. Because the spa business is a service business, you should contact your local tax authorities for information about the law in your area and continue to comply with the rules. Licenses may be refused depending on the nature of the conviction and how long before the application the conviction occurred.
A person is granted the authority to practice certain acts depending on the type of license he or she holds. You cannot work in the salon as an operator, but anyone who provides hair, nail or skin care services in your salon and who works under your salon license must have the appropriate license issued by the TDLR. You'll also need a liability insurance policy that protects your business against theft, liability, damage and fire, as well as commercial vehicle and workers' compensation insurance, unless your staff is a self-insured contractor renting space in your spa.