You Should Go: Alternative Lifestyle Barbershop Comes (Back) to Brooklyn!

Yes yes y’all we are back!

For those of you who missed it last time, PHRESH CUTZ, your favorite queer pop-up barbershop, is back and better than ever! This month’s party (just like the rest of them) is put on by Hair Force One, a teeny tiny collective of queer amateur barbers of various skill levels and gender identities spreading hard love and good looks through Brooklyn and beyond.

OktoberPHRESH is our second party (so far), and boy (boi?), are we fucking excited.

We’re excited because we believe in a lot of things. We believe in queer visibility, we believe in safe spaces. And not only do we believe that those things are inextricably linked, we believe that they are things we can create, things we can build with our own hands, and maybe with a pair of scissors. We want to give that to you. And we want to have a damn good time doing it, which is why we want you to show up to our rad-ass party this Sunday.

first round of cutz from pcI

Details from the Facebook event (please RSVP!):

WHEN: TOMORROW, Sunday, October 28, 4-10 PM
WHERE: 627 Madison between Stuvyesant and Malcolm X, Bedstuy, Brooklyn
COVER: $7/2 drinks, $10/2 drinks + haircut, $5 non-drinkers, regardless of haircut status

Another good reason to come to this event is because the idea behind it was, in part, inspired by Autostraddle! When running A-Camp’s Alternative Lifestyle Barbershop, I realized this little crazy phenomenon: if you put a chair down and you start cutting someone’s hair, people will gather. They’ll just show up, and they’ll stay. Apparently it’s true: if you build it, they will come. And so that’s another idea that PHRESH CUTZ is based off of: the old-school barbershop. We wanted to combine that with the feel of a block party, but queer, which I think just means that at least one person will be shirtless by about 6 PM.

But other than that, we’re coming at you with a four-chair barbershop with seven rotating barbers (all amateur), a full-ish bar (Hair Force One proudly boasts PBR on draft, as well as some liquor and wine and stuff), three DJ sets (our sexy friends with computers), and a bunch of certified cuties (us). We will also have sandwiches and candy. Even for you vegans. Yes, we see you.

Partial team shot of Hair Force 1 Grinning at the Prospects of Infinite Possibility: Em ‘Tears for Shears,’ Katrina ‘KCDanger,’ Jess ‘Buzz Lightshears,’ and Zulai ‘Ace of Fades.’ Not pictured: Scout ‘Dances With Scissors’ and Izzy ‘Gives No Undercutz’

And oh yeah, and it’s a costume party. Hair Force One will be rocking out as the cast of Grease, as well as screening the film on a projector throughout the event.

So come if you need a haircut, and come if you don’t. Come if you wanna drink (though we’ll also be serving non-alcoholic beverages!), come if you wanna dance. Come if you want to meet people. We’re friendly, I promise. And we’re also a safe space. So just come (that’s what she said).

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Y’all, this party is going to be fucking fun. All ages, genders, sexualities, hair textures, and feelings more than welcome. See you there, cuties.

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  1. That looks like it would be so much fun! Too bad I’m insanely protective of my hair (for serious, I have to fight back tears when I get my bangs trimmed, and I would even trust my stylist with my life).

  2. I can’t wait, but depending on where I’m weathering out this storm I may not be able to attend anymore. :0(

  3. REALLY wish I was going to be there. Unfortunately I chose to be responsible and finish some papers :( I would love to help cut hairs at the next one, been running a free hair-cuttery for my friends out of my bathroom ever since I bought clippers to style my own gender-non-conforming do!

    What you’re doing is all kinds of beautiful, I hope everyone has a kick ass time tomorrow!

  4. We need this in Toronto. I have to go to Topcuts with a picture of Ruby Rose on my phone, and the lady always says, “but it looks like a boy’s hair! Are you sure???”

  5. This is such a great idea and should be replicated in cities across the country.

    I mean, I cut my own hair and am cool with that, but I would totally go to one of these just to drink and hang out with queers and encourage others to get ridiculous haircuts.

  6. At the risk of giving away my secret Samson-esque lady-wooing powers (kidding), when the pop-up shop isn’t in town, the old school barbershops in BK are the BEST place for alternative lifestyle haircuts. Shaved sides are hot, but a tight fade? No words.

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