House-call hair salon could bring happiness to the housebound

Danielle Pott owns Hair There & Everywhere, but her sister was the one who suggested the name. Pott loved it so much that it stuck. Maddie Keenlyside photo.
Danielle Pott owns Hair There & Everywhere, but her sister was the one who suggested the name. Pott loved it so much that it stuck. Maddie Keenlyside photo.
By Maddie Keenlyside
Oct. 3, 2014

A married mother of three and a professional hairstylist, Danielle Pott has worked in daycare for years.
But in September, she started a journey into a new kind of business.
“I wanted a change.”
Her new business, Hair There & Everywhere, takes her on the road and into the homes of people having a bad hair day.
It’s not all about looks.
“I have a passion for seniors and love to help them as much as I can. Especially being stuck at home. A hair cut can make you feel great.”
Stay-at-home moms have also benefited from her service.
“I’ve talked with moms who had to cancel five, six hair appointments.”
Paula Gauthier, a learning manager in Practical Nursing at Holland College, said for the housebound, elderly or ill, this kind of service can make a big difference.
“Self-esteem is part of wellness. Personal grooming affects your state of well-being, and is a big part of good mental health.”
As the population ages, a great number of seniors are finding it difficult to get out or travel, she said.
“The goal of the health care system is to keep people at home as long as they can.”
It can also help others considerably too, she said.
“Someone recuperating at home from an injury or illness, even after surgery, you might not be able to drive or leave home for six weeks.”
She cuts – no colouring – and has worked in local barber shops as well, Pott said.
“I love to try different designs. There’s a creative aspect.”
While cutting men’s hair has long been a job dominated by men, women working in barbershops are becoming more common, she said.
“There was always another woman working there, so I never felt like the only one.”
When she first came up with the idea, she’d never heard of anyone doing this sort of thing before, and people she has spoken to haven’t either. But she hopes to expand her business.
“It will take a while to get my name and word out there.”

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