Rather than compete for customers, three Fort Saskatchewan salons are taking a stand against domestic abuse.
Simply Stunning Hair and Make-up, Mantra Salon and Retreat Salon and Spa will be holding a fundraiser called Salons Against Domestic Abuse (SADA).
“We did have a situation arise at the salon one day where somebody was being abused and I didn’t know how to help her and all I did was send her to families first because that’s all I knew what to do,” said Simply Stunning owner, Lisa Crawford.
Later on social media she saw a certification in the U.S. called Cut It Out.
“It’s all about salons joining together to create safe zones and information stations within their establishment,” said Crawford. “In the salon industry we’re so up close and personal with our guest that they kind of tell us everything, so it’s really great to have different resources where we can help people now.”
The three salons have completed the certification.
“When we took our training, which is training to assist salon professionals to identify and refer to the proper resources when someone is being abused,” said Mantra owner Colinne Stroud.
One statistic she discovered was that eight people in the City of Fort Saskatchewan alone, have died because of domestic abuse within the last two years.
“It’s so prevalent in the community everywhere, domestic abuse touches everyone, much like cancer,” said Retreat Salon and Spa owner Alan Skoreyko. “It’s a cause that’s really close to use and something there isn’t a support for really in the community right now. It’s a hole that was there we felt needed to be filled.”
Leading up to the main event, each salon will hold a cut-a-thon, where proceeds are going to the fundraiser. The first takes place on May 23 at Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup, then at Mantra on May 24 and at the Retreat Salon and Spa on May 25.
SADA's finale fundraiser will take place at the Bears Den on Saturday, May 26. There will be a silent auction along with a Disc Jockey. Tickets cost $50.
The first 200 people through the door will receive a swag bag.