New Illinois law requires hairdressers to undergo domestic violence support training

QUINCY, Ill. — Illinois has a new law requiring all hair stylists in the state to be trained in domestic violence support and response.

The Herald-Whig reports that the law will take effect Jan. 1

Pin-Up Hair Studio stylist Jamie Feramisco says hairdressers sometimes learn about incidents of domestic violence through chatting with clients. She says she often hears accounts of domestic violence in her salon and that she tries to support women facing such circumstances.

The mandate was passed as an amendment to the Barber, Cosmetology, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985. The legislation aligns the Professional Beauty Association’s Cut It Out program, which pushes similar efforts.