A hair salon is throwing open its doors to offer more than the usual cut and blow for its clients.
Headstart Hair And Academy in Astley will become somewhere for older people to go to have a chat, get out of the house and help them to feel less lonely.
Because we have clients who are elderly and on their own and quite lonely, we decided to do something where they can come in, have their hair done by the students and have a chat and a cup of tea.Alison Thorpe
A new community salon is being launched there next month in the hope it will make a difference.
Older people can have their hair done for free by the students training at the salon on Higher Green Lane.
They can also stay for a chat with other people and enjoy a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea or coffee.
Alison Thorpe, who opened the salon 18 months ago with business partner Marie Johnson, said: “Because we have clients who are elderly and on their own and quite lonely, we decided to do something where they can come in, have their hair done by the students and have a chat and a cup of tea.”
As well as benefiting the older people, who will be visiting the community salon and socialising rather than staying at home, it will be a chance for the students to improve their skills.
Mrs Thorpe said: “The students need practise in cutting and blow drying so it’s good for them to do this.
“They can have their hair cut, have it washed and blown, and gentlemen can have their hair cut too.”
The community salon is for men and women over the age of 60.
It is open to everyone, not just existing clients at the salon.
Mrs Thorpe is so keen to help people that she says they can even just go in for a chat and refreshments.
“They don’t have to have their hair done. They can bring a friend if they want.
“It’s just so they have somewhere to go,” she said.
Eight people have already booked appointments for the community salon and Mrs Thorpe hopes it will prove to be popular among older people.
The initiative is also a way of thanking people in Astley for being welcoming and supportive since the salon opened last year.
Mrs Thorpe said: “It’s to give something back to the community.
“They have been so nice with us since moving into the area.”
The community salon at Headstart will be held monthly, starting on Wednesday, November 30.
Appointments can be booked in advance by calling the salon on 01942 205193.