Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson

quickly after the autumn of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as a part of a bunch supplying humanitarian relief to this war-torn country. Surrounded by means of women and men whose skills–as medical professionals, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more effective than her personal, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mom of 2 from Michigan, despaired of being of any genuine use. but she quickly chanced on she had a present for befriending Afghans, and as soon as her occupation turned identified she was once eagerly sought out by way of Westerners determined for a great haircut and by means of Afghan ladies, who've an extended and proud culture of working their very own attractiveness salons. therefore an idea used to be born.

With assistance from company and foreign sponsors, the Kabul attractiveness tuition welcomed its top quality in 2003. good which means yet occasionally brazen, Rodriguez stumbled via language obstacles, overstepped cultural customs, and continuously juggled the demanding situations of a postwar state at the same time she realized tips on how to empower her scholars to turn into their households’ breadwinners by means of studying the basics of coloring thoughts, haircutting, and makeup.

Yet in the small haven of the wonder university, the road among instructor and scholar fast blurred as those vivid girls shared with Rodriguez their tales and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her marriage ceremony evening, the twelve-year-old bride bought into marriage to pay her family’s money owed, the Taliban member’s spouse who pursued her education regardless of her husband’s consistent beatings. via those and different tales, Rodriguez chanced on the energy to go away her personal dangerous marriage and make allowance herself to like back, Afghan style.

With heat and humor, Rodriguez information the lushness of a likely desolate area and divulges the beauty in the back of the burqa. Kabul good looks institution is a awesome story of a rare neighborhood of girls who come jointly and research the humanities of perms, friendship, and freedom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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