She was a hairdresser in Prague. She was from the United States but had lived in the Czech Republic for almost 10 years. Her number was listed in a website for expats. We chose her because she could speak English and because she had good reviews. The first time we met, she opened the door with a smile. She was wearing only black, including her hair, which she kept long with two small high pigtails and pink bangs. Her arms are covered with tattoos, including hairdressing tools. The most special tattoos are on the side of her lower arms, along her thumbs - two rulers, one in inches and one in centimeters. She always asks the costumers how much hair they want to cut off, showing the two rulers to avoid misunderstandings. The first thing she asked me was how I usually use my hair and how do I take care of it. I told her that I wash it almost everyday, because I train almost everyday, and that I never blow dry it because I don't like it. As always I expected to be shouted at. I wasn't. She told me one should have a hairstyle that fits the lifestyle. Finally, someone understood my point of view! Finally, someone did not try to sell me a million hair products. Finally, someone did not spend an hour explaining how the hair gets rotten if I don't blow dry it (myth!) or how I should not wash my hair everyday because it's gets fungus (myth! - and better fungus than old sweat on it). I became a fan of her work since day one. Johan as well. Her good work was even more obvious in his hair. After her haircut it always grew beautifully, instead of becoming weird. It went from short and cool, to medium and cool, to long and cool. It was impressive. We always went back to her and we wished we could still go there every time we need. She understood hair like no one else I have ever seen.
In her home hair saloon there is always music playing in the background. Metal music. She always offers beverages to her costumers. She always chats and tells stories about her life, her work, US and her relationship with Czech Republic. She loves her job. WE loved her work. She is the coolest hairdresser ever. She is the best hairdresser we have ever had. She is Dayla.
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The Stories of my world will have a small break as I will be off next week.