These Gender-Neutral Barbershops Offer A Safe Space For All

Illustration by Lindsay Hattrick

Changing the culture, one androgynous buzz cut at a time

Our hair—the way we cut it, color it, style it or don’t—is a crucial part of our self-expression and plays a major role in our self-care routines. That’s exactly why NYC-based barbershop Hairrari knows the importance of being not only a destination for a really great cut but also a safe space for all.

Queer Polish immigrant Magdalena Ryczko opened her first gender-neutral barber shop, Manetamed, in 2011 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She then went on to open Hairrari in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in 2013 and Hairrari East Village in 2014. Just a month ago, she opened a fourth location, Hairrari West, located right next to her East Village location. In other words, even in the competitive small business landscape of New York City, the brand Ryczko built has been pretty successful. And why is that?

According to Ryczko, it's because she has made sure to stay far away from the ultra-masculine atmosphere that can be associated with barbershops. Rycsko trains her staff to create a range of feminine, masculine, and androgynous styles and educates them on how to make people feel comfortable. “We always strive to put clients first and be a welcoming space for everyone, and through that, we’ve become queer-friendly, LGBTQ-friendly, pronoun-conscious, and anyone-friendly, really.”

Whether it’s by understanding how people choose to identify, being sensitive to transgender people who might come in during a transitioning period, or being mindful of pronouns, Ryczko works to ensure that her staff knows how to make all clients feel at home. “As a business owner, I think it’s important to set the tone of the shop, and if something is off, to confront that. I think to have your vision come to fruition, one must really define what that vision is and not settle for less. Dream big. In my dream, everyone is equal and treats one another with respect and strives to do their best,” she says.

Many of Hairrari’s clients had been turned away from other barbershops or salons in the past, whether it’s because they're a woman wanting a masculine haircut or vice versa. And that’s the exact behavior that Hairrari is trying to stop—making the barbershop a safe space for not only just LGBTQIA+ community but for literally anyone. When speaking of her clients, Ryczko says they're “people from all walks of life, living or visiting NYC, all ages, sexes, and genders. Usually, they want something different, and we have a lot of creative barbers who deliver and are up to the challenge.”

And Hairrari is only continuing to grow. The brand also has its own hair care line featuring Mane, an all-natural beard oil, and Dust, a non-sticky texture powder used for styling. Soon, products will be sold outside of its e-commerce site and shops, and the team is working on creating clothing and hats.

But above all, Ryczko and her team are working to define what Hairrari stands for and spread the message of inclusivity. “I think it's important to be conscious of the environment and aware while doing whatever it is we are doing. It’s very important to me as a business owner to have a positive influence on society and so far, it has, and that makes me happy.”

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.