A deep, heart-opening conversation with Susanne Shepherd Post on domestic abuse and the beautiful organization, Shear Haven‘s efforts to educate, enlighten, and free victims around the world. This topic is very close to my heart and Susanne is so inspiring and authentic here sharing a profound wellspring of wisdom on a highly complex and difficult topic.

If you are in danger, need to speak with an advocate, or have general questions about domestic violence, please call the YWCA’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline: 1-800-334-4628 or TEXT 1-615-983-5170

National helpline 800.799.SAFE (7233).

After 27 years as a licensed cosmetologist, Susanne Shepherd Post is as passionate about her career and her clients as she was on day one.

As one of Nashville’s top stylists, Susanne eventually opened her own space, Shine Salon, in 2004. She has done freelance work, locally and around the country, with numerous celebrities from film, television, music, and sports. Susanne enjoys working with all hair types, from short and straight to long and curly, finding great satisfaction in helping her clients fall in love with their texture. She is a Ouidad Certified Stylist, and her clients have lovingly dubbed her “The Curl Whisperer,” as she can find curl in anyone’s hair.

In 2017, she partnered with the YWCA Middle Tennessee to create the initiative, Shear Haven, which educates beauty professionals about the signs of domestic violence and how to respond. In 2020, they teamed up with salon safety leader, Barbicide, to offer the Shear Haven training online. Since their launch in October of 2020, they have been able to certify over 26,000 beauty professionals in over 100 countries, helping the initiative have a world-wide impact. She is proud to have worked alongside lawmakers in Tennessee, successfully passing a bill in both the Senate and House of Representatives. It will require up to an hour of domestic violence training for all licenced cosmetologists, barbers, cosmetology instructors and students.

Also in 2020, Susanne was asked to be on the direct contact subcommittee in Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group. She was the salon representative for the state of Tennessee, and was able to offer input about how the beauty industry could safely reopen during Covid-19.

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