The Kabul Beauty School, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In a little beauty school in the war zone of Kabul, a community of women comes together, all with stories to tell.

DEBBIE, the American hairdresser who co-founds the training salon.

As the burqas are removed in class, curls are coiffed and make-up is applied, Debbie's students share with her their stories - and their hearts.

MINA, forcibly married to a man in repayment of a family debt and threatened with having her child taken away.

ROSHANNA, a tearful young bride terrified her in-laws will discover she's not a virgin. And NAHIDA, the prize pupil who bears the scars of her Taliban husband's approval.

In the Kabul Beauty School, these women and many others find a safe haven and the seeds of their future independence.

From the bestselling author of THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL, this is an eye-opening, inspiring and enthralling story.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780751555769



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"Whereas they were once household slaves, they are now respected decision makers", February 17, 2015This review is from: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (Paperback)Probably 2.5*Autobiographical work; the author left her beauty business in Michigan, seeking to do something more meaningful after two unhappy marriages.. She joined a volunteer organisation in Afghanistan, but lacking any medical expertise like her colleagues, began using her own skill - giving haircuts to western workers, the Taliban having closed most hairdressing establishments.This quickly leads on to the author realising that despite their modest dress, the Afghans love make-up and bling especially at weddings:"In America, most people would associate this look with drag queens sashaying off to a party with a 1950s prom theme. Here in Afghanistan, for reasons I still don't understand, this look conveys the mystique of the virgin."With a lot of donations from hair companies back home, Ms Rodriguez decides to open up a beauty school, giving the students the chance to start their own businesses and move on in life. We read of her struggles with bureaucracy, some of the life stories of her students, and the violent environment in which she lived. Not to mention her surprising marriage...A quick, light read, quite interesting.