Shear Haven

Shear Haven is an initiative of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, co-founded by Nashville-based salon owner and stylist Susanne Post.  A survivor of domestic violence, Susanne is committed to educating the community on the signs of abuse and the resources available to help women and men who are victims. This domestic violence education program equips stylists with the knowledge and tools to recognize the signs of domestic violence, successfully navigate conversations with clients who may be in danger, and pass along tools that can help them get to safety.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is proud to partner with BARBICIDE®, one of the most iconic brands in the beauty industry. In October 2020, the company began hosting our online Shear Haven training on its website.

Take the Shear Haven ONLINE TRANING hosted by BARBICIDE® here. 

Click the following links to download a Shear Haven flier with tear-off crisis numbers you can post in your salon restrooms.

U.S. DV Hotline Number (PDF)

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Crisis & Support Helpline (PDF)

U.K/Ireland Crisis Numbers (PDF)


Shear Haven In the News

On April 13, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the Shear Haven legislation into law. Click here to read our news release.  

Click here to view a July 29, 2021 report on the new Shear Haven law from WKRN-News 2 in Nashville.

Watch the NewsChannel 5 report on the Shear Haven anti-domestic violence education legislation that could help save lives.

Read about the launch of the Shear Haven online training in the beauty industry trade Behind the Chair. 

Read this Op/Ed from Rep. Sam Whitson of Franklin and Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis on why they are sponsoring the Shear Haven legislation.

Listen to Shear Haven co-founder Susanne Post on the HandsomApp podcast here or read the story here.

Read more about Shear Haven Co-Founder Susanne Post in StyleBlueprint and NFocus Magazine.

View a Fox 17 Nashville report on Shear Haven here or a NewsChannel 5 story on this initiative below:

Shear Haven’s International Impact

Thanks to our partnership with Barbicide, our Shear Haven program has reached beauty professionals in 99 different countries around the world. More than 25,000 individuals have taken the training.

We’ve also partnered with industry leaders in Ireland and the United Kingdom to help educate practitioners there.  The initiative is having a tremendous impact overseas.

Click here to read how Shear Haven is helping stylists in the U.K. thanks to our ambassador Liz McKeon.  More stories are found below:

European Spa Magazine

Scratch Magazine UK 

Hairdresser’s Journal International

Irish Daily Mail 


Oh My Mag

The Independent UK

Professional Beauty Ireland

Professional Beauty UK

Virgin Radio UK

I Heart Radio UK

Irish Beauty

Beauty & Hairdressing 



Shear Haven Spotlight at Red Letter Day