Episode 2: Queer Health and Hair ft. Jessie Santiago and Cal Bigari
Jessie Santiago and Cal Bigari are the owners of Salon Benders in Long Beach, CA. As Jessie and Cal would say, “Our space is more than a salon: It's an assortment of our favorite things brewed together and poured into our favorite mug.” Benders’ mission is to create an environment for people to explore and express their individual styles and gender expressions by providing top-quality services in hair, makeup, education, and training while actively supporting art, expression, and queer communities alongside their allies in Long Beach and beyond. This episode dives into the intricacies of “TRANSformation” and the deeper connection between health and hair. For queer people, it’ more than just a haircut.
LGBTQI+GNC Hair Salons Around the U.S.
Camera Ready Kutz, Inc: Brooklyn, NY
CultivateX: Philadelphia, PA
Curl Power Salon: Minneapolis, MN
Glama-Rama: San Francisco, CA
Folklore Salon: Los Angeles, CA
Friar Tucks Barbershop: Salt Lake City, UT
Logan Parlour: Chicago, IL
ProjectQ: 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that providers free haircuts to LGBTQIA+GNC homeless youth; Los Angeles, CA
Seagull: New York, New York
Vacancy Project: New York, New York
You and Sundry: Brooklyn, NY