“I grew up in Latvia!”
“In my teenage years, just like many others, I had no idea what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be. It all seemed overrated and I didn’t want make any particular decision but my mum did.
So I started to look into different careers and couldn’t really find anything that would draw my attention, but I did have an interest in all aspects of beauty and art, psychology and philosophy.
My mum wanted me to be a lawyer. Long story short, I ended up starting an International Management college program, however a year later I quit to follow my then boyfriend to the UK. I spoke no English and can’t even tell you what I was thinking at the time, about making such a decision to come over here to earn a living…I suppose I just did it. It became tough quite quickly, not being able to communicate and generally not having friends and family around and it put me way out of my comfort zone, I wanting to go home, but I stayed.”
“I put more effort into learning the language, and music and English films were my best friends for a while. I got lucky with people I met; they taught me a lot and were patient with me. Then after a while cleaning and waitressing I thought it was time to move on and for some reason hairdressing was on my mind.
Dasha also speaks Russian
I am grateful for where I am and wouldn’t change it for anything.
I looked into colleges and even got a place in one, but didn’t get funding for it… Luckily I met a lovely girl who recommended that I search for an apprenticeship, so I did.
Popham were kind enough to take on board an older apprentice as I had just turned 24 and that’s how my career began. What hooked me into hairdressing is how it combines art, beauty, psychology and philosophy.
I don’t see it as just a pair of scissors and comb, for me it’s an ability to make or break somebody’s day. Some people say they don’t mind what happens on their head, but they really do! I love listening to their stories and how they see themselves because it is very different to how I see them. Every client is a trip to another world, if you are happy to go there – what can be more adventurous?”
“Dasha is an excellent hairdresser. She listens and always has good advice to give and takes great care with the colour and styling. The apprentice, Grace, who washed my hair was also very pleasant. As always with Popham the whole experience at the salon was very enjoyable. Thank you.”
“Dasha is the best colourist I have found for many years – and I’ve lived all over the world. She’s very warm and friendly and on occasions like today, when I wasn’t feeling very well, she soon realised that I wasn’t up for lots of chatting. The sign of an excellent hairdresser!”
“I had a great experience today at Popham, my very first and for sure not the last one. Dasha listened to my needs and likes and brought a solution to my neglected hair. So much needed. Thanks, and see you soon!”
“I was desperate for a change and wow, Dasha certainly delivered! She discussed my preferences and took the time to consider what would suit me. I love my new short hairstyle and have had lots of compliments! So good to have found a great hairdresser.”
“Dasha always does a really good job with cutting my hair. She is also very perceptive of people’s preferences for style.”
Always a pleasure and a treat to get a fab haircut from the lovely Dasha, best hairdresser I have ever had.
All the staff at Popham are lovely.
“Dasha took time to ask me how I liked my hair. She suggested a slightly different option which I was happy to accept. I am delighted with my hair cut and found Dasha a cheerful and interesting person to chat with.”
“I absolutely love my hair cut and amazing colour and tone! Kayleigh and Dasha were great. Dasha’s knowledge of colour and different shades of toner was brilliant and I’m so happy with the results.”
“I visited Dasha second time and again I’m very satisfied, fashionable haircut ,professionally as always. I’m very pleased!”