(Feb. 21, 2020) Since she was a child, Tammy Clarke knew she wanted to work in a hair salon by the beach, but she never thought she would come to run her own shop in downtown Ocean City. 


Tammy Clarke knew she wanted to work in a hair salon by the beach, and she fondly remembers playing with her dolls' hair and working a counter job at her cousin's hair salon during high school. 

The 54-year-old Baltimore County native’s professional experience began almost three decades ago, when she was just in high school and worked the counter at her cousin’s hair salon. 

“Ever since I was a kid I always loved the beauty business. I always loved fixing up my dolls’ hair.” Clarke said. “My cousin opened up her own beauty shop in Baltimore County, and I knew from then on that’s the business I wanted to be in. I worked for her when I was in high school on Saturdays, sweeping hair and answering the phone.” 

After graduating high school, she went on to study at the Robert’s Institute of Hair Design in Timonium, Maryland, and then moved to Ocean City in January 1990.


Tammy's Hair Salon on 202 S. Philadelphia Ave. is currently run by owner Tammy Clarke alone, but she plans on hiring another employee as the summer season approaches. 

Over the next 30 years, Clarke garnered a loyal clientele working at Hair Repair on 19th Street and Hair Shack on 28th Street. 

However, last year, Clarke set out and establish her own business.

“I never would have dreamed that I was going to open up my own little beauty shop at the beach after working here for 30 years,” Clarke said. 

Last fall, she found a building for her new business on 202 S. Philadelphia Ave. She spent all of January renovating the space. 

Tammy’s Hair Salon officially opened on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Its hours of operations are Wednesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once the season begins, the hair salon will be open six days a week. 

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The waiting room of Tammy's Hair Salon located on 202 S. Philadelphia Ave. 

The cost for men’s haircuts is $20 and $25 for women’s cuts. Customers can get their hair colored for $75, and highlights cost $95. The cost for a perm is $85.

Clarke specializes in hair coloring and highlighting, and she offers facial hair waxing, among other services. 

At Tammy’s, customers can expect a friendly, cheerful atmosphere that feels like coming back home after a long, long day, Clarke said. 

“[The hair and beauty business is] rewarding because I can make someone look good and feel good about themselves,” Clarke said. “It doesn’t even feel like work to me, this has never felt like a job.” 

To schedule an appointment, call 410-289-1000.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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