Chicago Says No More: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training for Cosmetologists

In many communities, salons are at the center of connection, communication and coming together after disaster and heartbreak.  Salon professionals also hear stories from their clients--who open up and share in the chair--that alert the stylists to situations of violence and abuse. But then what? 

Chicago Says No More’s one-hour Listen. Support. Connect. Cosmetology and Esthetics Licensure and License Renewal requirement for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training has been taught to more than 11,700 professionals since 2016, during America’s Beauty Shows, at NO COST to salon professionals in Illinois renewing their licenses in September 2019.

 In continuing with supporting professionals in Illinois, Cosmetologists Chicago and Chicago Says No More now offer WEEKLY classes every Monday of the week from June 3 – September 30, 2019 in Chicago. CC makes the classes FREE to attendees who will gain insights into these important topics. The classes offer innovative ways to help clients experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.

According to, a recent study revealed that  hairstylists in immigrant communities in Queens, New York are aware of domestic violence and other forms of abuse among their clients. Although trying to be helpful, some stylists gave clients harmful advice during these difficult these conversations. Unfortunately, not many stylists knew of available resources, but when asked, almost all (96 percent) expressed a willingness to display posters and brochures about domestic violence in public areas like waiting rooms.


  • When cosmetologists and estheticians renew their licenses in September 2019, they will be the first group in Illinois’ 2-year renewal cycle asked to confirm they have completed this new course now required by the Illinois Cosmetology, Barber, Esthetics, Nail Technology and Hairbraiding Act -- Cosmetology Renewal License Domestic Violence Course (HB 4264/PA99-0766) 
  •  According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), here is the timeline for other groups required to complete a one-hour, one-time Continuing Education (CE) regarding domestic violence
  • September 2020—cosmetology teachers and esthetic teachers 
  •  October 2020—nail technicians, nail technology teachers, hair braiders and hair braiding teacher
  • This requirement must be completed in order for a license to be renewed. This requirement equips 84,000 licensees to help clients when they ask for help
  •  If a salon professional attended Listen. Support. ABS 2019, ABS 2018, ABS 2017 or ABS 2016, they are in compliance and are not required to take the course again to renew their Illinois license
  •  Chicago Says No More experts in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault produced Listen. Support. Connect.,in collaboration with Cosmetologists Chicago and Pivot Point, to increase awareness of the epidemic of intimate violence and to educate salon professionals about the best ways to respond when a client shares personal information or asks for help
  •  Certified DV and SA instructors, who have completed 40 hours of training, will help salon professionals learn how to recognize signs, how to respond when your clients ask for help, and how to identify and direct your clients to helpful resources

Weekly class schedules and location information can be found at

 Save the Dates for 2020!

 America's Beauty Show (ABS) returns to Chicago on yet another warm spring weekend, April 18-20, 2020, at McCormick Place West. The three-day event owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago, will host salon owners, cosmetologists, students, colorists, nail techs, barbers and estheticians and offer best-in-class advanced education by leaders in the industry, plus hundreds of exhibits by top hair care and color manufacturers, nail and skin care brands, tools, and salon furnishings. Once more in 2020, IECSC-Chicago will co-locate with ABS, offering estheticians and spa pros from around the world access to CIDESCO USA education at the highest level.

 Chicago Says No More classes will be available to cosmetologists, cosmetology teachers, estheticians, esthetic teachers, nail technicians, nail technology teachers, hair braiders and hair braiding teachers for FREE.

 About America’s Beauty Show

America’s Beauty Show (ABS) is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC). Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians, stylists and colorists from all over the world attend ABS every year to experience superior education and innovation in all aspects of beauty, as well as gain inspiration to take back to their salons. ABS is the financial driver of legislative protection for licensure & regulation, funds scholarships for advanced education, and boosts awareness of the excellence of professional beauty services. With more than 90,000 admissions including salon professionals and owners, aspiring students and teachers, headliners and educators, leading product manufacturers and distributor personnel showing their latest products and distributors, America’s Beauty Show is a great destination for serious beauty professionals.

 About Chicago Says No More

Chicago Says No More, a coalition of 29 agencies serving those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault as well as 20 leaders from the civic and private sectors, is dedicated to addressing the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault across Illinois. It is aligned with the national NO MORE campaign.


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Originally posted on Modern Salon