I was recently asked to write a small article with regards to how my work affects the people that I see and care for. This is the article.
A Colorado Traveling Salon Stylist
‘The Real Reason’
Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to live alone, have a broken arm, the inability to speak well, no mobility on one side of your body and your only friend just passed away. Countless people are in situations much like this and every story is unique.
After caring for both parents through end of life and having been a licensed Cosmetologist for 37 years, I saw the need for Mobile Salon Services in many situations. I started ‘Have Salon Will Travel’ in March of 2014. I had always been attentive to the aging and elderly and as a traveling stylist, I have gained tremendous experience working with numerous mental, emotional and physical challenges. The trick for me on a daily basis is to be ready for whomever and whatever may come my way.
Most of my Private Residence calls are for Haircuts and Pedicures. A great looking haircut goes a long way and really cheers people up. When dealing with any challenging issue, being able to look in the mirror and liking what you see looking back at you, heals in many ways. So many seniors call me in because they cannot reach their toes or they cannot see them. They tell me if their socks are catching on their toenails, it’s time for another Pedicure. Customers really enjoy the bubbles from the foot bath and having someone to converse with during the service. Their stories are important. So many people living alone with no family to speak of, really welcome someone to talk to. The conversations alone are very healing.
No matter how well or mobile one is, toenails find a way to grow out and grow into many distortions. As a Cosmetologist, the services I can legally provide are limited to ‘warm & fuzzy’ Pedicures, albeit I am very thorough. Beyond that, I will refer my customers on to a Foot Care Nurse for ingrown toenails or to a Pediatrist for infections. If diabetes is present, a form must be filled out by their Physician and then verified before I provide services. My customer tell me they feel lighter after having their feet tended to. Light is good!
Some of my customers are in Rehab at Denver Hospitals. These people need help with shampooing, removing mats from the hair, and pedicures. Nurses and Hospital staff are able to utilize ‘Shampoo Caps’ but there is nothing like a ‘real’ shampoo to make your scalp feel alive gain, not to mention the how much better one feels mentally and emotionally. Depending on how long one has been in the Hospital, family members often order a ‘Spa Day’ and treat their loved one to a Shampoo, Haircut, Manicure and Pedicure. It takes a few hours and it’s worth every penny. People are renewed and have a better outlook after the nurturing and services. And a better outlook helps one to heal. Serving people in this capacity is all about helping them to heal.
Mobile Salon Services can provide basic salon needs, but after all is said and done, the mental and emotional benefits are priceless. For so many years, providing salon services was mainly about looking fabulous and while there is nothing wrong with that, what I do now for people leaves much more of a mark on their soul and in their heart. There has never been a more rewarding experience for me.
No matter where I go, when I walk through the door, many are pretty sure that I am an angel sent from above. I just tuck my wings in and smile…
There is a great need for people like me, who do this type of work.
By: Sali Caquelyn – Proprietor
Have Salon Will Travel
A Mobile On-Site Salon Service
Seniors and Special Needs