The Left Brain Group & Dresscode Project Celebrate Pride with Free Gender Affirming Haircuts


Coming to New Orleans in just a few weeks, The Gender Free Haircut Club is a collaboration between Dresscode Project and The Left Brain Group that will provide FREE gender affirming haircuts to marginalized LGBTQ2S+ youth and communities. The Gender Free Haircut Club is Dresscode Project’s signature event, traditionally performed throughout the year by Dresscode Projects’ 550+ Salon Alliance Members, and in 2022 during their inaugural Gender Free Haircut Club Day.

The Dresscode Project and Left Brain collaboration will continue to expand its presence in 2023 with its first ever satellite location in New Orleans, where the Left Brain Group is based, welcoming hairdressers from all over the world to participate.

“We envision a world where every hair salon and barbershop is a gender affirming, safer-space for LGBTQ2S+ clients. For many queer folks, the professional beauty industry has always been considered a safer space but we still have a long way to go with education, acceptance and understanding and it’s our mission to make sure we continue forward momentum.” said Kristin Rankin (they/them), Founder of Dresscode Project.

Taking place within Pride month, the Gender Free Haircut Club satellite will also be a celebration of New Orleans queer culture and commerce showcased through live DJ entertainment, drag performances, curated vendors and organizations within the LGBTQ2S+ community. The event will be a transformative experience with organizers hoping to “shift one’s gender dysphoria toward euphoria.”

Featured Participants

  • Kristin Rankin (they/them), Founder of Dresscode Project and Owner at Fox and Jane
    • A native Canadian, living in NYC brings their passion for haircutting and mission for inclusivity to the US! Kristin has been featured in TodayWWD and Allure. Watch this docu-short about Kristin and the intention and impact of the Gender Free Haircut Club developed in partnership with Dresscode Project and Pantene
  • DJ KP, aka Kevin Perryman, Co-Founder of Local Honey and Director of Paris Parker
    • DJ KP will take participants on a “magical journey through sound with his tunes.” Kevin is an active contributor to both the salon and local industry.
  • House of Tulip, Trans United Leading Intersectional Progress
    • The Gender Free Haircut Club will have members of the House of Tulip community participating as a resource table at the event. There will also be a Clothing Closet Drive for House of Tulip that attendees are encouraged to donate. )

Event sponsors include KEVIN.MURPHY (Title Sponsor), cult-fave K18 Hair (Gold Sponsor) and Hairstory (silver sponsor).

Event Details

  • Event Location: The Contemporary Arts Center: 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Date and Time: June 25, 2023 from 12pm – 6pm

If you’re a licensed pro and you’re interested in participating in the Gender Free Haircut Club, reserve your chair here. There are two options: $25 Per Person / $50 Per Person includes Dresscode Project T-shirt!

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