By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
Quickly after the autumn of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as a part of a gaggle supplying humanitarian relief to this war-torn kingdom. 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 came across she had a present for befriending Afghans, and as soon as her career grew to become recognized she used to be eagerly sought out through Westerners determined for a superb haircut and via Afghan ladies, who've a protracted and proud culture of operating their very own good looks salons. hence an concept was once born.
With assistance from company and foreign sponsors, the Kabul good looks university welcomed its first-class in 2003. good which means yet occasionally brazen, Rodriguez stumbled via language boundaries, overstepped cultural customs, and continuously juggled the demanding situations of a postwar country at the same time she discovered how one can empower her scholars to turn into their households’ breadwinners by means of studying the basics of coloring ideas, haircutting, and makeup.
Yet in the small haven of the wonder college, the road among instructor and pupil quick blurred as those bright ladies shared with Rodriguez their tales and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her marriage ceremony evening, the twelve-year-old bride offered into marriage to pay her family’s accounts, the Taliban member’s spouse who pursued her education regardless of her husband’s consistent beatings. via those and different tales, Rodriguez came upon the power 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 probably desolate zone and divulges the beauty at the back of the burqa. Kabul attractiveness university is a impressive story of a rare group of girls who come jointly and study the humanities of perms, friendship, and freedom.
From the Hardcover edition.