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Licensed cosmetologist and nail technician Tammy Ash, far right, has had a lifelong dream to bring the hair stylist to the client – to work with those who are elderly, disabled, have special needs, in hospice care or who have a problem leaving the home. Some of Ash’s frequent clients at Ideal Industries gather to give her a hug after a haircut. From left are: Kent Swafford, Kevin Bisbee, Frank Hill, Ash and Mark Winberg. (Provided photo)

Licensed cosmetologist and nail technician Tammy Ash, far right, has had a lifelong dream to bring the hair stylist to the client – to work with those who are elderly, disabled, have special needs, in hospice care or who have a problem leaving the home. Some of Ash’s frequent clients at Ideal Industries gather to give her a hug after a haircut. From left are: Kent Swafford, Kevin Bisbee, Frank Hill, Ash and Mark Winberg. (Provided photo)

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer

A haircut, a little highlights here and there, a perm, a special style – all these things make one feel special, cared for and feel better about oneself. Being elderly, disabled, sick or unable to leave your home can mean that something as simple as a haircut becomes a huge insurmountable task.

Licensed cosmetologist and nail technician Tammy Ash says it’s her lifelong desire to help those who fall into those categories.

“I specialize in the hair care needs of the elderly, severely disabled, hospice and dementia patients in the nursing home/assisted living environment or in the comfort of the client’s own home,” Ash says.

Some of the services Ash performs on her clients include roller sets, curling iron sets, perms, color, cuts, men’s cuts, beards, ethnic hair cuts and relaxers.

“I overheard a friend talking about a person that was home-bound and in bad need of a person to do her hair as a pick-me-up,” Bob McCorkendale, administrator of Ideal Industries says. “I asked if she had ever mentioned this to Tammy Ash. Tammy has many clients in rest homes, care centers, etc. She called, and Tammy was thrilled to do it. A week later, my friend thanked me for the tip and said her friend has a new hair style and was in great spirits.”

Ash worked in regular salons for years, but three years ago, she decided to go after her passion for helping others.

“I always wanted to own my own salon, but I realized that owning my own salon didn’t mean the typical one where people came to me and I worked with the general public,” Ash says.

She began working in the assisted living environment for someone else as an employee.

“When I first started working in the assisted living environment, I saw how important it was to the residents to be in a salon and, for a few moments, to be treated like everyone else,” Ash says.

In 2014 she opened her own business, which has brought her into Clay County as well as Ray.

“I will do anyone’s hair, but as far as on a daily basis, I do the elderly and disabled,” Ash said. “But, I’m not limited to them, and I will go to anyone that can’t get out due to surgery or whatever the case may be.”

The complete story is in the Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 Richmond News.

 

 

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