Hairstylists go far beyond merely shaping and cutting the hair of customers. Oftentimes, the connection between a hairstylist and a client is a close one. In many situations, they are like confidants; in others, they can even save a life. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, over 12 million people in America are victims of domestic violence. In these situations, hairstylists can be among those whom people reach out to for aid. Tennessee recently passed a law requiring beauty professionals to complete an hour of training on how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence. The law went into effect this year. Susanne Post, a salon owner and survivor of domestic abuse herself, said, "We hear everything and so being able to be equipped with resources that could potentially save lives or potentially lead someone toward the right counselor or the right helper is so important." Tennessee joins other states like Arkansas, Illinois, and Washington requiring completion of similar trainings.

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