Shear Haven initiative
Founded in the US in 2017, Shear Haven is a YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee initiative that offers anti-domestic training to spa and salon professionals. It was co-founded by Nashville salon owner and stylist Susanne Post, a domestic abuse survivor herself, with the mission to equip skincare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to identify signs of domestic violence, manage difficult conversations with clients and signpost available resources to help victims.
During the pandemic, Post teamed up with disinfection brand Barbicide to offer the Shear Haven training online. To date, more than 50,000 beauty professionals have taken the course worldwide.
Speaking to European Spa, UK Shear Haven Ambassador and European Spa contributing editor Mark Smith said: “Operating on the wellness front line, therapists are often trusted by their clients and the intimate relationship that clients have with their wellness professionals enables dialogue and guidance that can help people find the right support that they need. Being able to signpost people to the relevant support services is a simple, yet powerful way of making lasting change in people’s lives.”