Hair-Raising Talk

Beauticians Empowered to Fight Domestic Abuse




dean bertoncelj/Shutterstock.com

An amendment to a law that governs the cosmetology industry in Illinois recognizes that the relationship between hairdressers and their customers may help curb domestic abuse and sexual assault. Salon workers are required to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs and provide resources to help clients. Without the training, cosmetologists, hairstylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses.

Angela Smith, a Chicago hairstylist, has heard many whispers of mistreatment by spouses or partners, of being choked, chased or emotionally abused. “Everybody doesn’t talk, but once you build a relationship, it comes up,” she says.

The law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, but helps them to recognize warning signs and be equipped to pass along helpful information. Available support includes hotlines, safe houses, restraining orders and access to legal professionals.


For more information, visit ChicagoSaysNoMore.org.


This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

City Homesteading

Across the country, people in communities of all sizes are crafting ways to grow food, build eco-homes and live in harmony with the environment and each other.

Hemp CBD Addresses Stress and Combats Inflammation

Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extract is proving to be of medical value.

Big Breakfast, Lower Body Mass

People that make breakfast their largest meal of the day have lower body mass, while those that make dinner the biggest meal are likely to weigh more, a recent study concluded.

Zinc Inhibits Throat Cancer

University of Texas researchers have found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression

A mere one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of Norwegian study participants.

Add your comment: