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WVC 30 - 27 - 3 §30-27-3. Definitions.

     As used in this article, the following words and terms have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

     (a) "Aesthetics" or "esthetics" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) Administering cosmetic treatments to enhance or improve the appearance of the skin, including cleansing, toning, performing effleurage or other related movements, stimulating, exfoliating or performing any other similar procedure on the skin of the human body or scalp;

     (2) Applying, by hand or with a mechanical or electrical apparatus, any cosmetics, makeups, oils, powders, clays, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, creams or chemical preparations necessary for the practice of aesthetics to another person's face, neck, back, shoulders, hands, elbows and feet up to and including the knee;

     (3) The rubbing, cleansing, exercising, beautifying or grooming of another person's face, neck, back, shoulders, hands, elbows and feet up to and including the knee;

     (4) The waxing, tweezing and threading of hair on another person's body;

     (5) The wrapping of another person's body in a body wrap;

     (6) Applying artificial eyelashes and eyebrows; and

     (7) The lightening of hair on the body except the scalp.

     (b) "Aesthetician" or "esthetician" means a person licensed under the provisions of this article who engages in the practice of aesthetics.

     (c) "Applicant" means a person making application for a professional license, license, certificate, registration, permit or renewal under the provisions of this article.

     (d) "Barber" means a person licensed under the provisions of this article who engages in the practice of barbering.

     (e) "Barbering" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) Shaving, shaping and trimming the beard, or both;

     (2) Cutting, singeing, shampooing, arranging, dressing, tinting, bleaching, or applying lotions or tonics on human hair, or a wig or hairpiece; and

     (3) Applications, treatments or rubs of the scalp, face, or neck with oils, creams, lotions, cosmetics, antiseptics, powders, or other preparations in connection with the shaving, cutting or trimming of the hair or beard.

     (f) "Barber crossover" or "cosmetologist crossover" is a person who is licensed to perform barbering and cosmetology.

     (g) "Barber permanent waving" means the following acts done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) The bleaching or tinting of hair; and

     (2) The permanent waving of hair.

     (h) "Barber permanent wavist" means a person licensed to perform barbering and barber permanent waving.

     (i) "Board" means the West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.

     (j) "Certificate" means an instructor certificate to teach in a school under the provisions of this article.

     (k) "Certificate holder" means a person certified as an instructor to teach in a school under the provisions of this article.

     (l) "Cosmetologist" means a person licensed under the provisions of this article who engages in the practice of cosmetology.

     (m) "Cosmetology" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) Cutting, styling, shaping, arranging, braiding, weaving, dressing, adding extensions, curling, waving, permanent waving, relaxing, straightening, shampooing, cleansing, singeing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, waxing, tweezing, or similarly work on human hair, or a wig or hairpiece, by any means, including hands, mechanical or electrical devices or appliances;

     (2) Nail care;

     (3) Applying by hand or with a mechanical or electrical device or appliance, any cosmetics, makeups, oils, powders, clays, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, creams or chemical preparations necessary for the practice of aesthetics to another person's face, neck, shoulders, hands, elbows and feet up to and including the knee;

     (4) The rubbing, cleansing, exercising, beautifying or grooming of another person's face, neck, shoulders, hands, elbows and feet up to and including the knee;

     (5) The wrapping of another person's body in a body wrap; and

     (6) Performing aesthetics.

     (n) "General supervision" means:

     (1) For schools, a master or certified instructor is on the premises and is quickly and easily available; or

     (2) For salons, a professional licensee is on the premises and is quickly and easily available.

     (o) "Hair braiding" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease: Braiding, plaiting, twisting, wrapping, threading, weaving, extending or locking of natural human hair by hand or mechanical device.

     (p) "Hair Styling" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) Cutting, styling, shaping, arranging, braiding, weaving, dressing, adding extensions, curling, waving, permanent waving, relaxing, straightening, shampooing, cleansing, singeing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, waxing, tweezing, threading or similarly work on human hair, or a wig or hairpiece, by any means, including hands, mechanical or electrical devices or appliances;

     (2) The rubbing, cleansing, exercising, beautifying or grooming of another person's face, neck, shoulders, hands, elbows and feet up to and including the knee.

     (q) "Hair Stylist" means a person licensed under the provisions of this article who engages in the practice of hair styling.

     (r) "License" means a professional license, a salon license or a school license.

     (s) "Licensed school" means a facility which has been approved by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education pursuant to section nine, article two-b, chapter eighteen-b of this code, to educate persons to be licensed or issued certain permits under the provisions of this article.

     (t) "Licensee" means a person, corporation or firm holding a license issued under the provisions of this article.

     (u) "Nail care" means any one or any combination of the following acts when done on the human body for compensation and not for the treatment of disease:

     (1) The cleansing, dressing, or polishing of nails of a person;

     (2) Performing artificial nail service; and

     (3) The cosmetic treatment of the feet up to the knee and the hands up to the elbow.

     (v) "Nail technician" or "manicurist" means a person licensed under the provisions of this article who engages in the practice of nail care.

     (w) "Permit" means a work permit.

     (x) "Permitee" means a person holding a work permit.

     (y) "Professional license" means a license to practice as a aesthetician, barber, barber crossover, barber permanent wavist, cosmetologist, cosmetologist crossover or nail technician.

     (z) "Registration" means a registration issued by the board to a person who rents or leases a booth or chair from a licensed salon owner and operator, or both, or a registration issued by the board to a person who is a student in a school.

     (aa) "Registrant" means a person who holds a registration under the provisions of this article.

     (bb) "Salon" means a shop or other facility where a person practices under a professional license.

     (cc) "Salon license" means a license to own and operate a salon.

     (dd) "Student registration" means a registration issued by the board to a student to study at a school licensed under the provisions of this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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