A beauty salon is an establishment that offers a variety of cosmetic treatments and cosmetic services for men and women. Beauty salons may offer a variety of services including professional hair cutting and styling, manicures and pedicures, and often cosmetics, makeup and makeovers. Beauty salons employ cosmetologists specializing in general beautification techniques. Cosmetology licensing requirements vary from state to state, and depending on which specific type of license is desired; general cosmetologist, hair stylist, esthetician, manicurist, barber, electrologist, or other. For a state by state breakdown of licensing requirements.