August 2008

Event Starts the First “Cut It Out” Chapter for Dayton, Ohio

The Infinitee Salon Spa, in partnership with Artemis Center and the YWCA Dayton, recently presented “Cut It Out,” a day of domestic violence education for salon owners and stylists.

“Cut It Out” was a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund, which is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.

The relationship between a client and a salon professional is usually based on trust built up over time. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship, a salon professional—who often sees a client on a regular basis—can often see signs of physical abuse that others may never see.

As well, a salon professional can often easily recognize changes in a client’s behavior. A battered woman may never call the police or go to a shelter, but they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Many women suffering from abuse may feel comfortable confiding in their stylist without ever telling anyone else.

A salon is usually an all-female environment that a woman may feel safe going to and talking about her situation. With proper training to recognize abuse and to steer victims toward help, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in the fight against domestic abuse.

The “Cut It Out” training seminar provided salon professionals with basic information about domestic violence and specific information about how to respond to a client who might be a victim of abuse, and how to safely refer her to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help.

Additionally, Infinitee Salon Spa is starting the first “Cut It Out” Chapter in Dayton, Ohio. Infinitee will be adopting the YWCA shelter by giving free haircuts to the homeless residents and giving free products donated by hair supply companies on an ongoing basis.

For more information call Shawon Gullette at Infinitee Salon/Spa at (937) 275-7898.