Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know my hair stylist Laila Karachi, from Morocco. Every time I get my hair cut, she shares stories about her life, her children, and recipes for authentic Moroccan tea! Last week, I asked Laila to tell me her #FirstDays story for @pritheworld and photographed her in action.
"I never thought I would come to America until I met my husband," she said.
She left her town of Ben Slimane, near Casablanca, in 1999 after marrying her husband. He lived in Boston, but was from a nearby town in Morocco. The two met when he was visiting family back home. When Laila arrived in the U.S., her husband drove from Boston to JFK airport in New York to pick her up. She didn’t speak any English then, so she didn’t think she could take a connecting flight alone. Those first days here were lonely, since she missed her family in Morocco. One of 11 siblings (she’s the middle child), Laila is the only one in her family to move to the U.S. She later enrolled in English classes and, three years ago, became a hair stylist. Just in the past year, she says she’s become more and more confident speaking in English. Whenever she cuts my hair, we can’t stop talking!