CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – A hairdresser in Clarksville, Tennessee has vowed to give 300 US soldiers a free haircut for Christmas with the help of the community.
“I think what’s better than Christmas than getting a free haircut for Christmas? I think that would be absolutely amazing. I know they can go on holiday the week before Christmas. So that would be great. if possible then give them a haircut,” explains Talisha Huddleston, hairdresser and owner of Talisha’s Salon Spa.
She moved to Clarksville in late 2020 from Nashville, where she has been a barber for over a decade.
“My husband passed away, it was really horrible for me. And I just felt like I needed to move. I needed to move and see something else,” Huddleston said.
Soon after moving with her teenage children, she opened Talisha’s Salon Spa across from Fort Campbell. Within a year, her business had grown to 500 clients, 300 of which were American soldiers based in Fort Campbell.
“So one by one, they come looking for me. And we do a fun haircut for them, you know, so they can have that sense of identity when they come home and actually take off their uniform. That’s very important,” Huddleston explained. “So with that said, I try to give them different things every month. For example, when they go to the fields, they come back, they have mud all over their bodies. So, , I give them free shampoo that they can get at any time.”
Soldiers are required to have their hair a certain length, which makes them need to cut their hair more often.
“Some come weekly. Some come every two weeks,” Huddleston said.
The price for a haircut for her soldiers is $27, but she hopes that after the Christmas haircut, there will be a move towards cutting American soldiers’ hair completely free.
“I’d love to do this at other military bases nearby – other military bases. Not just for them here at Fort Campbell, but there are other bases where soldiers need to be taken care of. similar. That’s my goal. What I want to see happen. I want to be able to travel to different places and deliver this,” Huddleston explained.
Cliff Blade was a United States Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell and one of 300 customers of Huddleston.
“I think the trust you build when you first meet someone, especially if they provide a great service and if they’re kind, that’s absolutely what you want. I think once you set up that you just don’t want to break it,” he said of why he left the military base for Huddleston to get his hair cut.
She said she was honored to provide stylish cuts to soldiers to military specifications and hoped to show off the power of a new hairstyle.
“We have a tendency to, you know, like a little kid can see a big person standing in front of them and they look like he’s like, ‘Oh, that’s a giant.’ And when we think of the military, we think of you know, almost superheroes. But they’re looking at you and they’re like, ‘No, I’m just, I’m just a man. I’m just a man. just a man. I wake up every day, just like you. And we do our job. And we serve our country,” Huddleston recounted. “Literally, they just want to be like us. So when we get a cool haircut, they want one too.”