Our common goal at Lance Lappin Salon: We want everyone to feel beautiful and reflect who they truly are. We especially want that for those who don’t get enough support from the world: the Trans community.
Audry, a trans woman, was gracious enough to answer some of our questions about her journey. It’s been such a joy to support Audry during her transition – and we want our salon to be a safe space for all individuals that want to feel more at home in their skin.
“I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone at Lance Lappin Salon for sharing their services with me while also providing a safe haven. I feel like I’m part of your family and I’m so happy to be because y’all are lit. ~ Audry”
Why is hair so important for you?
“Being able to carry some good hair on my head is so so meaningful, because it allows me to feel feminine and is usually the most effective way of fending off dysphoria. Dysphoria is a word to describe how one may feel disconnected or disassociated from their body.”
“For me, being in public means navigating my own self-consciousness, because I’m always wondering how people perceive me. Of course, I want to stand out, but I also want to blend in, haha. Feeling confident about my hair makes me feel like people might pay more attention to it rather than to how I’m trans, and I think the goal for a lot of trans people is to be seen just as people.”
How did your hair help you with your transition?
“I guess, just to reiterate, it helped me feel pretty. There were definitely days when all I could see was a dude in the mirror, so having long blond hair was like this shield or defense against those potentially self-sabotaging thoughts.”
Thank you Audry, you are #lit too!
We want to thank you for your patronage, and as a reminder, any and all members of the trans and queer community are welcome in our salon – for a safe haven for fabulous hair and identity exploration.
Creative team helping Audry
Hair concept: Ivy Lappin
Makeup: Moni Chi
Photography: Marco Candela Michelus
Styling: A Uno Tribeca