Afghanistan: Inside Kabul’s Safe Havens of Beauty

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Mina and her friend wait patiently as headscarfed assistants apply makeup.

Amid the hardships and uncertainties of life in Kabul these days, beauty salons, once banned by the Taliban, have re-emerged as sanctuaries for Afghan women. For many, the salon experience is therapeutic.

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Iason Athanasiadis is an Istanbul-based freelance journalist.

Afghanistan: Inside Kabul’s Safe Havens of Beauty

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