COSHOCTON – She is living her dream. Now her co-workers call her the hair mom.
“I always wanted to be a hairstylist and a mom,” Tammy Gross said. “That was my ultimate goal.”
“As a child,” she continued, “I loved playing with my dolls’ hair and all my friends. My mom was the beautician in the kitchen, so I just watched and helped her. I thought it sounded like fun and something I’d be good at.
Today, Gross is a stylist at Split Ends hair salon.
“I love being a hairstylist and being in touch with my clients,” she said. “They have become a family.”
Gross was born and raised in Coshocton, graduating from Riverview High School in 1983 and later from the Ohio State School of Cosmetology. She started her career in Zanesville, then moved back to Coshocton.
“While going to school,” she recalls, “I realized I could make a career out of it while becoming a mother with flexible hours. I liked all the girls I worked with and was comfortable in my position as a stylist.
One of his colleagues was Morgan Hammond, now the owner of the Split Ends hair salon.
“I worked with Tammy for 15 years,” Hammond said. “She has a heart of gold, always goes above and beyond.”
“She’s been an influential part of my career,” Hammond continued. “She was one of my biggest supporters when I bought Country Clips and made her my own. Her clients respect her and are very loyal. Her friends love her. I couldn’t imagine not working with her. She brings us all so much joy and we often call her our hair mom.
“After 38 years, that’s what I do and still love,” Gross replied. “The older I get, the more I think back to all the memories I was a part of, and they constantly remind me why I chose this career.
“It’s not a job,” she concluded. “It’s my life outside of being a mom and a new grandma. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It comes so naturally. It’s who I am.
Split Ends Hair Salon is located at 1766 Otsego Ave, Coshocton. For more information, call 740-622-2112 or check out their Facebook page.
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