At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans ready for Eid


NEW YORK Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le’Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York’s precinct of Brooklyn on Friday to prepared for a Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The beauty salon, designed by owners Huda Quhshi to support mostly to Muslim women, non-stop in Jan in a Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn.

“I indeed usually started wearing a hijab one year ago,” pronounced Shehadeh, an undergraduate study math and economics during Fordham University in New York.

“I always wanted to, yet we wasn’t ready. It was indeed during Ramadan final year, one week before Eid that we had this feeling to wear a hijab.”

Shehadeh, a Palestinian-American, was with her dual sisters, Shireen, 26, and Nisrien, 18, and aunt, Najah, 37. They reminisced about assembly Quhshi dual years ago when a beauty businessman was hired to do make-up during a family wedding.

Quhshi, 37, pronounced that as a Yemeni-American whose informative norms mostly barred women from a workplace, she did not consider formulating a space where regressive Muslim women could accept beauty services in a gentle sourroundings was possible.

Between Wednesday and Friday, Quhshi pronounced she perceived 48 business for Eid services.

“Most salons aren’t all women,” pronounced Shehadeh, who skeleton to applaud Eid on a Staten Island beach with her family on Sunday, imprinting a finish of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. “Here we feel comfortable. We’re not paranoid of someone walking in.”

About 3.3 million Muslims live in a United States, according to Pew Research Center data, many of whom will applaud Eid, one of a dual many critical festivals of a Islamic calendar.

“The commencement of Ramadan was unequivocally quiet. It was so slow. It was to a indicate that we suspicion of shutting for Ramadan,” Quhshi said.

“Then, all of a sudden, we got so many bookings that we have had to spin people away.”

When women arrive during a salon, they are invited to lay on a circular, ivory cot studded with jewels.

Saloon doors lead to a private space where business post-up for pampering in pink and white chairs.

Some get their hair cut and colored. Others have their make-up finished or hijab styled by Quhshi and her staff of six. A pedicure hire operates as a henna haven.

Shehadeh dignified her haircut and blow-out in a exuberant mirror.

“We’re here to get �lite for a holiday,” Shehadeh said. “Even yet we don’t uncover the hair, it feels good to do it for yourself.”

(Reporting by Gabriela Bhaskar in New York; Additional stating and essay by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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