community advocacy

We’re not just a hair salon - we’re at the heart of a community. From organizing fundraising events for marginalized groups, to providing a safe place for all kinds of clients to feel beautiful, to volunteering our time and skills, to skill-sharing with our fellow salons, we at Studio 209 love to make a difference in Vancouver and beyond.

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cbc’s The Doc Project

Vivian Luk Aug 23, 2018
"There can be a crisis of identity that's involved in coming out as queer or gender variant," said Clarkson, who owns Studio 209 in Vancouver and is an ambassador for the Dress Code Project. "It's a lot of shifting around in yourself and so to feel heard and to feel understood and feel listened-to is so intensely valuable." 

"Some people feel like they've never gotten the right haircut, like they've never been their true selves. That's all we want today. We want to help people feel like their true selves."

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Gender free haircut club

STEPHANIE IP April 4, 2018
A downtown Vancouver salon will host the city’s first Gender Free Haircut Club for queer youth.

On May 6, the stylists at Studio 209 will volunteer their time to provide free haircuts to marginalized youth who identify as LGBTQ+. It is the first time the Toronto-launched event has made its way to the west coast.

Gender Free Haircut Club was spearheaded by the Toronto-founded Dress Code Project, an alliance of salons across the country that have committed to providing safe spaces for the queer community.

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Multi-Salon fundraiser for Syrian Refugees

NICK EAGLAND Jan 12, 2016
Vancouver hairstylists will donate their scissors and time next week to help refugees cut through the challenge of settlement. On Monday, stylists at eight boutique Vancouver salons are volunteering their chairs to cut hair with new Canadians in mind during “Cutathon: A Multi-Salon Fundraiser to Benefit Refugees,” created to support the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Missy Clarkson, owner of Studio 209, came up with the event as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Clarkson is administrator of the Vancouver Hairstylist Community, a Facebook page created to “foster community in an otherwise really competitive industry,” she said.

It’s that sense of community that helped the event quickly draw support from stylists across the city who wanted to help refugees through the difficult settlement process.