Officials in West Virginia claim that Leah Messer’s hair and makeup business is operating illegally.
On February 6, Leah told fans about the beauty service on Twitter writing “Beyond ecstatic to be doing what I love! Check us out and book your appointment http://www.beglossy.net & like our FB https://m.facebook.com/begloss.” Adding “So excited !! ((:”.
The same day, the Gloss team wrote on Facebook: “We love to keep our clients connected with us and have each of your opinions and ideas. Does anyone have any ideas on some fun specials we could do for the month of February ?” with further information that made it clear they were a business concern taking orders: “Hi everyone! we have received messages asking about pricing and travel information. We absolutely do travel and our pricing is available on our webpage! visit us at www.beglossy.net […] Thank you!!!”
The “About page” on the Gloss’ Facebook says they’re “Offering Styling services in Southern WV and surrounding areas. Specializing in Wedding, Pageant and Photo shoot Makeup”.
So Leah has announced the business, got a website, started taking orders and advising clients on prices. As the business owner, what she allegedly forgot to do was get the proper licenses.
RadarOnline alleges, “none of the stylists, [Leah] Messer and pals Leslee Pannell and Crystal Spinks, are licensed cosmetologists.” The West Virginia State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists alleges “This business is very much illegal. We will be launching an investigation.”
Leah insists Gloss is staffed with “trained professionals with experience.” However, the Board claims she is “a cosmetology student with more than a year of schooling left. As a student, you cannot perform services outside of the school.”
Per the above, Leah freely admits “We absolutely do travel” to see clients. However, another issue is that “on location” services are illegal in her native West Virginia because “[The owners] have to have an actual shop. They need a location for clients to go.”
Despite these allegations, the Gloss Facebook page (via Inquisitr) claims some of the girls DO have licenses already. Leah doesn’t have one yet, but she is just the owner/ providing services for free until she’s fully trained and licensed.
We have recently come across questions about our business. I will try to answer them as well as I can
1. Leslee and Crystal have their makeup license and have 4 years of experience.
2. Crystal was in fact responsible for the makeup in the in touch magazine photo shoot with Leah found on our website.
3. The red head on our homepage is truly named Elizabeth Taylor. She did a high fashion makeup shoot that was a nod to the 90s as well as a modern take on those trends. It is supposed to be dramatic.
4. Leah is still in the process of cosmetology school and does not receive payment for any hair she does. She enjoys the practice and is extremely talented. Her role until she graduates is owner. It is her future career path.
5. We haven’t been promoting a lot but we have been open for more than a year. We were previously known as Style me by Leslee and joined forces with Leah to add Hair to our menu.
6. We are actual makeup artist. We are legal and we have a business license.
7. We sell younique and Mary Kay as extra money.
8. Thanks for the publicity!
Inquisitr also notes, “The Name Availability site for the state of West Virginia… does not pull up any results for “Gloss” or “Be Glossy.” In fact, the original name, “Style Me By Leslee” does not come up either.” So while two of the three girls may have licenses they do not appear to have registered their business name.