Raimonda Daka’s first day with Pigtails & Crewcuts was March 6, 2012, which was opening day for the Mount Prospect children’s hair salon. We’re enjoying getting to know this savvy woman, and we hope you do, too.
Where are you from? Originally, I’m from Albania, it’s a small, beautiful country by Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia.
Do you have kids? I have two girls, one is 24 one is 18.
How long have you been working at Pigtails & Crewcuts? I began March 6 when the Mount Prospect salon opened.
How long have you been styling hair? Almost 11 years. I worked in a different kids’ salon for five years before starting to work here.
What drew you into this career? I love doing hair and I love children. And the products we use at Pigtails & Crewcuts are chemical-free, that’s a big thing for me.
What’s the funniest/strangest/cutest/wackiest hair or other request you’ve received from a customer? I had a client who was maybe 8, with very, very curly hair and he wanted it buzzed with a long tail. When he came for the first time, I was thinking, in my mind, “Ok, I have to cut his tail.” But then when I asked, “So, what kind of hair cut do you want?” he said, “Just keep the tail. Everything else you can make nice and short, but with the tail, just a little trim.”
How did you respond to that? I went along with it. Whatever they want—that’s important.
What’s your secret weapon to get a child to stop crying before or during their haircut? If they cry I’ll give them a lollipop or show them a book or toy, something that moves around. Girls especially love books, and they’ll look down so I can cut their hair. With boys, it’s video games.
What are some of your favorite haircut memories as a child? I had very good haircuts as a child. I went to a hair stylist, it was not like this, it was very simple. And I always had the same style: a bob, same as now. I changed it over the years, but when I was little it was always a bob.
Daka works primarily at the Mount Prospect location. To make an appointment, please call 847-506-1800.