Seybold has reached out to nearby owners Kitty Tierney, of Impressions in Mequon, and Dawn Panfill, of Hair and Body Solutions, in New Berlin, to organize a purple ribbon campaign to raise funds for the victims of the Azana shooting. Their idea to give the purple ribbons to clients who make a $5 donation to the fund. The local owners also have begun to discuss who has open space they could donate rent-free to keep the spa’s employees working while the spa is closed. And, they’ve ordered information packets from the Professional Beauty Association's Cut it Out program to help train the staff members and others about the recognizing the signs of domestic abuse.
Seybold invites ideas for helping Azana from anyone in the professional salon and spa community. If you’d like to get involved in the effort, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making an Emergency Plan
Cut It Out, a Professional Beauty Association program, raises the awareness of domestic abuse by educating beauty professionals on the warning signs of abuse and how to safely refer clients to local resources. Information packets can be ordered with materials to be given to clients, and interested owners also can request a training session in their salon.
But the similarities in three salon tragedies are bound to make owners to contemplate the safety of their staff members and clientele in addition to domestic abuse victims. “While we’ve talked with staff about what to do if a robber came in and held up the front desk, we don’t have a plan in place to deal with this kind of situation,” says Seybold. “It certainly makes you begin to think in a self-protection, vigilante type of way.”
Peter Anthony Wynn, award-winning salon owner and CEO/founder of LetsTalkAboutYourHair.com, spoke to Modern Salon hours after the Wisconsin shooting. He says salon owners and stylists can be taught to recognize the signs of trouble.
“The thing about being a hairdresser is we’re watching people all the time and we become stress monitors,” said Wynn. “We see people feeling trapped and tense and that’s when violence happens. The challenge is recognizing when a human being is getting to that moment. When people are stressed, they want to lash out at what they believe to be the source of their stress. So, they come into a place because they feel threatened by the people who they believe are influencing their wife or partner.”