By Brooke Stevenson
Seymour’s Salon 101 offers something special.
Salon proprietor and master cosmetologist Veronica Sharp and her mother Al Baker offer a unique service for the elderly and disabled, they provide home hair care for those who cannot get out to the shop.
Baker owned the shop for nearly 30 years before her daughter bought it about a year ago. That was roughly the same time Sharp said she had the idea for the in-home hair care service.
“I started that because I feel like there is a need for that,” Sharp said. “There is not anyone in the general area that I know of that offers that service.
“There are so many people that are confined to home, that they need somebody to come and give them a little bit of support.”
Since starting the service, Sharp has seen an increase in her customers from Seymour and Blount County.
Some of her in-home services include shampooing hair, hair cuts, perms, coloring hair and pedicures.
“Whatever we can do in the shop we can do in a person’s home,” Sharp said. “The whole idea for home care came to me while I was in the shower one morning.
“I thought there was a great need for that.”
Before Sharp bought the salon from her mother, she went school to receive her Certified Nursing Assistant license.
“I did my clinicals over in the nursing home in Sevierville and I absolutely enjoyed working with the elderly people,” she said. “Then I thought that the home services are something that I needed to do, it just a wonderful idea.”
Baker agreed with her daughter that the in-home service was a good idea and they started to get the word out.
“There is just a huge need for in-home salon care,” Sharp said. “It would not be a bad idea if other shops would pitch in to help too.
“The elderly have given a great deal to all of us and we should give back in any way we possibly can.”
She added that she doesn’t offer the in-home salon service for a profit, and only charges enough to cover her expenses such as gas.
“I’m not in it for the money because it comes straight from my heart, it truly does,” Sharp said.
In addition to her in-home service, Sharp, who has been styling hair for 16 years, offers many services in the salon.
The salon specializes in cuts for the executive man which include shampoo, haircut and neck wax and for women they offer hair cuts, styling, eyebrow waxing, facials, cosmetic applications and pedicures with foot massages.
“I have more men pedicure clients then I do women,” Sharp said. “A lot of that too is the older people that can’t get down to do anything with their feet.”
When asked why she chose to move back to Seymour to buy her mother’s business Sharp said, “I love it here I think it is a beautiful place.”
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By Brooke Stevenson