Myrtle Beach salon listed on website to help trans people find inclusive salons

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — Thursday is International Transgender Awareness Day, and a hair salon in Myrtle Beach is saying it welcomes not just transgender people, but everyone.

Outside of the Twisted Scissors Beauty Loft, there is a visible sticker with the colors of the transgender flag letting everyone know that this is an inclusive salon.

Phoenix Mullen and Marie Cusaac are the owners of Twisted Scissors Beauty Loft. When they came across the website, Strands For Trans, they knew they wanted to join.

Strands for Trans is a website that shows where trans hair salons and hair salons are located around the world. So far, Twisted Scissors Beauty Loft is the only salon listed on the website in the Myrtle Beach area.

Strands for Trans website

“We’re in this industry to make everyone feel better and whoever you are, that’s what we do. That’s why we do it,” said Marie Cusaac, owner of Twisted Scissors Beauty Loft.

For Mullen, it means a lot to her because she knows what it’s like to be discriminated against.

“I’m a gay American so I’m married to a woman, we have a kid together, so I know what it’s like to be discriminated against or have people say rude things to me or feel bad about it. comfortable somewhere,” Mullen said.

“There have been many times in my life where I go somewhere with my wife, with our family, where we worry about how people are going to perceive us and how people are going to treat us, so it was very important to me for sure,” Mullen said.

It’s important to Mullen and Cusaac that no one feels this.

“People are going to ask, why does this have to happen? Because people need to know before they walk into a place that they’re going to be welcomed, that we’re going to respect their pronouns, that we understand, and that they don’t have to worry,” Mullen said.

On the Strands For Trans site, a person can find a salon near them and book through that site.

“Luckily a few people have booked us through this website and when they arrive they are so excited to have a place where they don’t worry or feel judged, feel embarrassed to walk in” , said Cusaac. “They know what they’re getting into before they even arrive and I think that’s very important.”

Mullen and Cusaac encourage more salons to join Strands for Trans.

“We know most of the stylists in Myrtle Beach. We know they are all very welcoming,” Cusaac said. “It’s not like we’re the only place you can go, we’re just the only one listed and I really hope people see this and sign up and get in there -low.”

Salons can register and nearby salons can be found on the Strands for Trans website.

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