In The Salon? Really?
Posted on May 25, 2022
One of my friend's daughters is a stylist. I probably need to pay her a visit. Every time I think of my friend, I think about her daughter--a woman who has singlehandedly gotten training in place in TN to help stylists recognize and respond to domestic violence. Her work sparked a worldwide movement.
Stylists rely on relationships with their clients. They get to know them. Clients may disclose deeply personal content to their stylist. Their stylists may see bruises or hints of past injuries. They may know a relationship history across years. What better way to help women (and men) who are at the effort of abusive partners than to help stylists learn to recognize and respond.
Who else can we get engaged? And how? And how can reduce the risk of that involvement resulting in the inappropriate pathologization of people who are impacted by trauma, the medicalization of their misery?
How can we add training in sturdy relationships of health to more to become quiet coaches of health and sturdiness as well as people who can recognize and offer resources? There's so much more we can do to bring health to bear on the pain of the past and the present in ways that are helpful, healthy, and even heroic, with the work of those of us who have lived experience and also who know the literature and the work!