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'It's just about being kind': North Okanagan senior gets haircut from the passenger's seat

Jesse Blades gives Glen a trim.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Francis Cooney
November 14, 2020 - 7:30 AM

She may have been rather cramped, but when North Okanagan hairdresser Jesse Blades heard one of her regular senior clients could no longer get into her barber's chair, she hopped into the back of his car and gave him a much-needed trim.

"He's very happy," Blades told iNFOnews.ca. "He had a little glimmer in his eyes."

The owner of Lumby's The Beauty and the Barber said Glen (she doesn't know his last name) had been a regular customer at her hairdresser's for a couple of years. When his health deteriorated and Glen could no longer walk to the barber, Blades starting visiting him at home to cut his hair. Then just before COVID struck he was moved into a home.

"His wife came by a couple of days before, she said she was taking him into Vernon and his hair was just so long," Blades said.

Glen's wife then explained her husband was no longer mobile enough to climb into the barber's chair.

"She said, 'Is there anything we can do?' and I said, 'If I have to cut it in the car, I'll cut it in the car."

So on the afternoon of Nov. 12 Blades climbed into the back of Glen's vehicle and gave him a trim.

"He was so happy, we had some good laughs him and I and his wife," she said.

And Blades said it's not the first time she's stepped outside of her barbers to cut someone's hair.

"I've cut a man's hair outside because he's in a wheelchair and he couldn't get into my shop... you just do what you have to do," she said.

And since the pandemic things have changed again.

"Unfortunately right now... these seniors they're not able to come out of the homes to be able to get this done," Blades said.

Blades said she recently gave a care worker tips on how to cut hair, so she could give seniors in the home she worked in a trim.

And while cutting hair while squashed in the back of a car isn't easy, Blades brushes off any hint that what she did was special.

"I'll do anything I have to do, my clients are my family, so if I have to go to their house, or if I have to be on the street, or if I have to go into their vehicle, I really don't care where I do it, I just want them to feel good," she said.

"It's just about being kind right now, that's all."

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Francis Cooney

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