Cultivating inclusivity and gender affirming practices within the hair world should be a best practice on the daily, however, June is the time to STEP IT UP!  Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising and recognizes the impact that LGBTQIA2S+ individuals have had on history.  It’s a time for communities to support and foster community by making sure all members feel safe, seen and celebrated. 

Jamie DiGrazia (she/they), Sam Villa Ambassador, Redken Artist, Owner of Logan Parlor Salon @loganparlorhair and Founder of HAIR HAS NO GENDER™ NFP (HHNG) @hair_has_no_gender, offers inclusive education and LGBTQIA2S+ resources that support everyone’s right to a safe experience.  As a leader of the movement in the professional industry, she offers salons the following tips for Pride Month.

A woman holding a gay pride flag in front of a colorful mural.

Jamie DiGrazia (she/they), Sam Villa Ambassador, Redken Artist, Owner of Logan Parlor Salon @loganparlorhair and Founder of HAIR HAS NO GENDER™ NFP (HHNG) @hair_has_no_gender

Sam Villa

Ways to Display and Celebrate Pride:

  • Order HHNG inclusive barber pole exterior window cling and gender-inclusive bathroom sign to proudly display year-round.
  • List business on the map as an allied space and share a digital badge of allyship.
  • Answer phones with a celebratory greeting: "Thank you for calling (salon name) where hair has no gender, this is (name) how can we help you?" During Pride Month, add "Happy Pride!"
  • Host a promo on pops of color to encourage people to get a rainbow color panel in their hair and/or on nails.
  • Update social handles, email signature, and website to share pronouns.
  • Update staff name tags to include pronouns, fostering a more inclusive environment.

Educational Workshops/Fundraisers

  • Host a watch party to raise funds and awareness, details here
  • Attend virtual programs with the team:
    • Salon Centric is hosting a free HHNG virtual class on June 12th, see here.
    • Check out the Redken Safe Space modules.
    • View an informative video featuring Sam Villa (he/him) Manda Ziegelman (they/them), Sam Villa Ambassador/ Global Redken Artist @mandaziegelman and others, here.
    • Donate to HHNG here
    • Engage supporters by having them text keyword “HHNG” to 53-555 to donate.

In addition, DiGrazia is launching a fundraiser in collaboration with HHNG salons (98 and counting so far!) and the GenderCool Project for Pride. The GenderCool Project is a non-profit organization that aims to change the misconceptions and negative attitudes surrounding transgender and nonbinary youth.

“We’ve partnered with salons across the country to raise funds, and supporting is really easy.  Salons can either donate directly to the GenderCool Project, ask their customers to donate through signs in their store, or donate a portion of their proceeds for a set time to the organization. Every contribution counts!” explains DiGrazia. “In the broader scope, this initiative with GenderCool aims to bring our salons together to understand and support the Queer community, while also raising funds and having a blast together."

“The concept and idea of salons understanding that hair has no gender is very personal to me because I embrace human beings,” says Sam Villa.  “In today’s world diversity is our strength and inclusivity is our passion.”

Sam Villa is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Sam Villa Company (Allvus, LLC), a leading education and styling tool company. He is also Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, a L’Oreal brand. Villa is the recipient of the 2023 INKD Icon Leadership Award, 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year, Hair Awards USA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2021 AHP Icon Stylist Influencer of the Year, 2020 International Hairdressing Awards ‘International Hair Influencer of the Year,’ the 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007) and Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). His inspiring education and innovative ergonomic styling tools can be experienced on samvilla.com.  

 

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Originally posted on Modern Salon

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