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Feel Good Friday: The Dress Code Project

The idea of going to the hairdresser and coming out with a haircut that makes you feel fabulous is something that many people take for granted. This is often not the case for people who are transgender or non-conforming. Often hair salons misgender them which is invalidating and hurtful.

This is why Kristin Rankin, a hairstylist in Toronto, decided to create the Dress Code Project. The Dress Code Project aims to create safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. The project provides training for salons and has a listing of all of the shops that have undertaken the training. This listing makes it easy for people to find shops that they’ll feel safe in.

Going to a salon that affirms your gender identity can be life changing for some folks. Here is one person’s experience:

“For trans youth especially these things (getting a haircut in a safer space) can be life changing. For maybe trans masculine youth, long hair can be a reminder of the gender binary that is forced on them.  It can be so freeing to finally get that cut off, and I remember that it was for me.”

~ Wesley

I love the fact that Kristin saw a gap in her community and took action to address it! What can you do to make things a little bit better?

Currently there are Dress Code Project salons across Ontario (even in London, shout out to Elevated Barbers)! Click here to find the salon closest to you.

The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because, we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.