By Stef Schwalb
We all know a visit to the hairdresser can often be therapeutic – stylists at the salon are always great listeners, who seem to give the best advice for managing your locks and your life. What you may not have known is that several of them have taken their care and concern for women a step further.
Cut It Out is a program sponsored by the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund. It is committed to organizing salon professionals and others to help fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities throughout the United States. Cut It Out helps build awareness of domestic abuse and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs and signals of possible mistreatment. The program also safely refers clients to local resources that can help them. Cut It Out was originally founded in 2002 as a statewide program in Alabama developed by The Women’s Fund of Great Birmingham and the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. More than 500 salon professionals within Alabama were trained that year. Dianne Mooney, founder and executive director of Southern Living At HOME, who also serves as the grants allocation chair for Cut It Out, always had her sights set on taking the program national.
That goal came to fruition in March 2003 when the National Cosmetology Association and Clairol Professional, both deciding that domestic abuse was an area that their organizations could also make a difference, joined forces as partners in the program. Now these training services are available to all salon professionals nationwide. For more information on Cut It Out, how you can help or to make a donation, call 312-527-6765 or log on to their web site at www.cutitout.org.