A WOMAN SHORN

Updated: Jul 3, 2018


Recently, I celebrated my very own adult Aqiqah. A writer, making a living in Kuala Lumpur, I hustled over to Wangsa Maju, an area overflowing with budget hair salons. I happened upon a salon with a red sign. Twenty Malaysian Ringgit for a haircut, which is approximately $7 CAD. Even better, there was a separate enclosed area where Muslim women could be served unobserved. The eyes of the Malaysian stylists widened to saucer-size as I entered the establishment, perhaps worried that my tightly wrapped scarf hid a springy afro I was expecting them to coax into Kate Middleton waves.

What I wanted was far more off-beat. “Shave it. All of it.” Read More

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