For many women, getting a haircut is a pretty simple deal: You walk in, hand over some (or if you live in New York, a lot) of your hard earned cash, and boom—hair cut. But for Muslim women, specifically, those who choose to wear a hijab, getting a simple haircut can be a surprisingly difficult experience. Since many women of Islamic faith keep their hair covered when in the presence of unrelated men, finding a safe place to uncover themselves long enough to get a haircut is, well, not that easy.
A new hijab-friendly salon in Brooklyn is hoping to make self-pampering easier and more accessible for devout Muslim women, reports Refinery29. Named Le’Jemalik, an Arabic phrase meaning “for your beauty,” the Bay Ridge storefront is open to women of all faiths—and women only. By closing its doors to men, the salon is able to ensure clients’ modesty will be protected no matter what, thus giving customers the opportunity to relax (and enjoy getting pampered) without having to worry about who may see them.
Owner Huda Quhshi, who wears a hijab herself, decided to open Le’Jemalik after several uncomfortable experiences in city salons. She told the New York Post, “I have always had a difficult time finding a salon that could accommodate me, even for a simple haircut. I once decided to go to a salon and when a man walked in, I had to throw my headscarf over my wet hair and run to a back room. After that experience, I was like, ‘You know what? We can’t do this.”
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Though Le’Jemalik is open to women of all faiths, its main purpose is providing a safe space in which Muslim women feel both accepted and comfortable. According to Refinery 29, the salon’s entrance features an opaque revolving door, and the reception desk and service areas are positioned away from the windows to keep devout customers protected from the male gaze. In addition to basic services (such as haircuts, waxes, manicures and pedicures), Le’Jemalik offers services tailored to Muslim women, including henna tattoo applications and halal nail services.
“We want women to come in and feel completely relaxed,” Quhshi says.
Le’Jemalik Salon and Boutique is slated to open next Sunday, January 29. The salon doesn’t have a website yet, but we’ll be sure to update this post when they do. For now, head to New York’s Pix 11 News for a behind-the-scenes look at the new beauty spot, and get ready for some serious pampering come opening day.
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