After living in Costa Rica for over 14 months now, and having trimmed my hair twice myself (yikes!) – it was time to get a professional hair cut. My hair needed it and deserved it. I dearly miss my hair dresser in Dallas – KYLE!! But since I won’t be going back to the States till at least the Spring of next year, something needed to be done in the interim.
Enter mi amiga vecina (my neighbor friend) – Sophia – who just turned sweet 16, and has been learning English for the last couple of years. She is beautiful, sweet and has lovely layered hair. So I asked her the other day where she gets her hair cut, “Just down the road, in Los Angeles. Do you want to come with me to get your hair cut?”. Um, YES!! Count me IN!
So Wednesday she made an appointment for us, and Thursday (yesterday) we went to get our hair cut! Here we are with our “before” hair:
We took the bus down the hill to Los Angeles (about 2-3 miles down the road from where I live). We got off and walked to a house, and I met the hair dresser – Yesenia. She took us upstairs to her salon, which was very professional – she had a mirror, hair cutting chair, cape, etc. She also does manicures and pedicures and massages. Yesenia spoke no English, so I relied heavily on my pal Sofia to translate what I wanted.
Sofia got her hair cut first, and I watched Yesenia carefully and took in her hair cutting style. It was different from what I’m used to in the States, for sure – but at the same time – she seemed to know what she was doing. She did not wash the hair or wet it before hand, but cut it dry (I know you’re cringing, Kyle!). But she paid close attention to measuring both sides, and really seemed to do a good job on Sofia.
And the resident dog (“Princessa”) looked very cute as well – hot pink ribbons in her hair, and hot pink nail polish on her nails! She kept coming over by me and begging to be petted – she was really sweet:
Sometimes in Costa Rica – it’s interesting. Like when I first met Yesenia, she seemed very shy, and slightly standoffish. But after she started cutting Sofia’s hair and they chatted in Spanish for a while, she then started to slowly become interested in me. She started asking me questions through Sofia, and giving me eye contact and smiling at me more often – was my hair naturally blond (yes, but I would call it dirty blond), how old was I (oh surely not that old! I thought you were much younger – in your late 30’s!), you do not have any chemicals in you hair? (really, I do not, 100% natural). She went on about how cool my “blond” color was – so different from all the ‘same o, same o’ Tica dark color. I tried to tell Sofia – are you guys crazy? Your Costa Rican dark hair is GORGEOUS. They would have none of that, just kept saying how pretty my (dirty) blond hair was. Well, if you insist. 🙂
Then my turn came. I was slightly nervous, but Yesenia and Sofia were very gracious to ask me lots of questions and they were very concerned about doing exactly what I wanted. Such are Costa Ricans here in general – they aim to please. Yesenia went to work on me, asking me questions from time to time, and did wet my hair slightly before starting to cut.
And the cost, ladies and gentlemen? Are you ready? $4.00 (c2,000)! Yes, that’s right. I tipped her $2 on top of that, and she did not want to take it, was almost arguing with me about it. WOW. I insisted she keep the tip, and asked Sofia later if that was OK, and she agreed that it was. FYI – Sofia got her hair trimmed and “ironed” (straightened) and hers cost c3,000 ($6.00). Thank you Yesenia, you did an awesome job!
Here is me & Sofia afterwards:
And here’s my “before” and “after” side by side for you!:
Many thanks to my pal Sofia for taking me with her – I appreciate you mi amiga!
Ciao! — Jen