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Community Groups: Elke Hayden
Elke has a professional hairdresser for 47 years and has been running her own hair salon ‘TakeTwo’ in Totnes for 12 years.
At the age of 63 she is still top of her profession.
As well as running her shop, Elke styles the hairpieces for a charity called Heathers Hair who provide a new concept for patients experiencing hair loss through chemotherapy or other causes.
Elke also plays her part in the community. She is on the Board of Governors at South Devon College and works closely with the hairdressing courses there; she has work experience students in her salon and also takes language students from the local Language School in Totnes, to help them with learning English.
Elke battles daily with an ongoing back condition, Ankylosing Spondylitis which could have put her permanently in a wheelchair for life, as well as arthritis and fibromyalgia, but she chose to ignore medical advice and pursued a career which she loves as she is so passionate about her hairdressing and making her customers happy.
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