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Default Women-only salon to open its doors for hijab-clad clients


Women-only salon to open its doors for hijab-clad clients
By Melkorka Licea
January 22, 2017 | 4:38am | Updated

Huda Quhshi in her women only salon Le'Jemalik in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
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Muslim women can really let their hair down at this salon.

Huda Quhshi, 37, is opening the city’s first female-only beauty parlor catering to hijab-clad clients.

Since it’s forbidden in Islam for women to show their hair to men outside their family, getting a haircut can be a dreaded chore for some.

“I have always had a difficult time finding a salon that could accommodate me, even for a simple haircut,” said Quhshi, who wears a hijab herself.

Quhshi, married with three children, said she has heard countless horror stories of Muslim women being shoved into cramped closets, jammed in creepy basements or denied services altogether.

“I once decided to go to a salon and when a man walked in I had to throw my head scarf over my wet hair and run to a back room,” she recalled.

“After that experience, I was like, ‘You know what? We can’t do this.’ ”

Her beauty parlor, on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is called *Le’Jemalik Salon — “for your beauty” in Arabic.

The salon will shield customers from male gazes by having an opaque revolving door that opens to a reception area blocking the view to the salon floor.

“We want women to be able to come in and feel completely relaxed,” *Quhshi said.

The man-free sanctuary will offer up a range of typical beauty services such as hair, waxing, facials and manicures and pedicures, while providing unique services like henna and halal nails and eyebrow shaping.

“We’re always coming up with ways to accommodate women who want certain things but can’t get what they want because of their religion,” Quhshi said.

A range of services will be offered, from $25 no-frills haircuts to $700 bridal packages. And while it will specialize in Muslim services, “women of all faiths, races and ethnicities” are welcome, Quhshi said.

The opening is slated for next Sunday.
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