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When someone is feeling down and needs a helping hand, it often takes the generosity of a caring human being to help lift their spirits.
Imagine losing a loved one or having a surgery that made it difficult to get ready in the morning. What if you had no energy to do your hair or had a difficult time washing it.
If you know hair stylist Nancy Bauman, chances are that she made a difference in your life when battling tough times — and that’s why she’s this week’s Hometown Hero.
“Nancy is probably one of the most compassionate people toward others that I have ever known,” said Mike Bauman, Nancy’s husband of 30 years. “She very much cares for people.”
A lifelong resident of Craig, Nancy sympathizes with the human spirit and feels compelled to fix someone’s hair for free if they are in need of a spruce up.
“It’s something I’m able to give,” she said, noting that because of long hours at the salon, she doesn’t have time to cook for people. “It’s just knowing that there’s not a lot I can do to ease their pain for that moment. I can make them feel better by doing their hair.”
She’s owned New Images Salon in Craig for 25 years, giving her plenty of time to know what women and men need when they’re in the pits.
“They can come in feeling sad, and they can go out feeling great,” Nancy said. “When someone passes away, it’s those certain things that I’m able to do to make them feel better.”
Although her enthusiasm shines through, she’s also an extremely humble woman. It took much convincing for her to talk to the Craig Daily Press after she found out she was nominated as Hometown Hero.
Hair aside, Nancy is on the local Victims Compensation Board that divides money to victims.
“We review cases and give money to victims of crime,” she said. She’s been on the board for six years, and her term is up in December.
For now, Nancy’s time is spent volunteering on the board, being a wife and a mother to two grown daughters — Kylie Bauman and Kelsey Loya.
Loya works with Nancy at the salon, giving the business a family-friendly feel.
“Hair always makes people feel good,” Nancy said, noting that the job of a stylist is very personal. “We are the only other profession other than the doctor and the dentists that get that up close and personal.”
Her up-close-and-personal touch hasn’t gone unnoticed by the community.
“If someone is not having a good day, she thrives on bringing light to a dark day,” Mike said about his wife. “It spans all ages and genders — she’s just a good person.”
Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.