Actress Andie McDowell once said: "Talking to your hairdresser is almost like talking to your therapist."
I agree with that. My family and I have been going to the same hair stylist since we moved to Region 8. Our family has grown quite close to her not just because she makes us look good, but she listens, she's wise, she gives good advice.
She takes the time to get to know her customers and that knowledge can actually help people.
Recently, a committee of state lawmakers cleared a bill that capitalizes on that customer knowledge.
Arkansas House Bill 1720 would require Arkansas cosmetology students to a take a training course on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness.
I'm normally not one to say adding new regulations and hoops to jump through is a good idea, but this one could save lives.
While revealing abuse during conversations with your cosmetologist can be beneficial, training can help them go deeper.
Your cosmetologist probably knows every inch of your scalp. They can see wounds to the head, neck, and face. This training might help people in abusive situations get desperately needed help.
The additional 1-hour of training can really make a difference.
Laws that protect people are a good thing and giving an outlet for abuse victims to reach out makes this A Better Region 8.
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