As burkas come off and salons closed by the Taliban reopen, one consequence of two decades of war and repression is becoming poignantly clear: Afghan women have held on to their desire to look beautiful, but they face a woeful shortage of beauticians.
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Also, they have no one to teach them and nowhere to lay their hands on a decent comb, let alone the panoply of gels, rinses, powders, liners and colors that spill from the shelves of the average American drugstore. Now, in an effort guaranteed to warm the hearts of Vogue readers everywhere, a Who's Who of the American beauty industry, helped along by Vogue's editor in chief, Anna Wintour, is racing to the rescue.
Sometime this month, a 1,square-foot building in the compound of the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs will open its doors to a group of women handpicked to learn five basic haircuts, the A B C's of makeup artistry and the dos and don'ts of manicures, pedicures and waxing. There will be page manuals and instructional videos. There will be ample supplies of Matrix hair-care products and M. There may even be an Aveda herb garden to bring aromatherapy to a land that has smelled too much of death and destruction and too little of lavender and lemon grass.
The first students will be local haircutters chosen to become the school's permanent faculty. And the first teachers will be a visiting group of exiles: returning women who fled their country a generation ago, resettled in the United States and pursued the American dream with a pair of scissors. The seed for the project was planted during a conversation in late between a woman and her hair stylist.
The woman in the chair was Mary MacMakin, a longtime advocate for women in Afghanistan who was being profiled in the March issue of Vogue. The woman doing her hair was Terri Grauel, a Manhattan stylist hired for the magazine's photo assignment. MacMakin, an American grandmother in her 70's, lived in Afghanistan for a quarter-century and in founded Parsa, for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Support of Afghanistan, to help the country's countless war widows provide for themselves by cultivating cottage industries like spinning wool and making silk scarves.
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In July , the Taliban accused her of spying and expelled her. Nearly a year later, after American and allied forces had ousted the Taliban, Ms. Grauel sent an e-mail message to Ms. MacMakin -- who had returned to Kabul to resume putting Afghan women to work -- offering to sell Parsa's handicrafts to her clients in New York. MacMakin countered with a more ambitious proposal: Kabul could use a beauty school, for cosmetic reasons, sure, but for economic reasons above all.
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Grauel jumped at the idea. Wintour's help. In May, Vogue invited 15 beauty-industry executives to a luncheon where Ms. MacMakin and the two New Yorkers made their pitch. It was an easy sell, said Ms. The beauty industry is incredibly philanthropic.
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And I remember asking these questions so fast bc I wanted to get them all out before I work up. So my last question was when am I gonna be with u again? And he said a month and a day of the week which I am not saying and then he started to talk about this watch n this magazine. And I inturruped him and said is this real or am I n a dream!? And he laughed at me again and said.. U see this watch???
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When u see this watch on this certain page he gave me a number that will be ur sign… Then I just looked at him for a sec then I felt my self waking up.. Or if this is real. But most stories i read are the spirits coming to u not you going to them…. That was what I thought every time I visited my grandpa. Every single time we are outside. Walking and talking. Usually during a hard time in my life. Maybe we are going to each other? I am a Christian, so I know he is in heaven.
There is a place there in my dream that others who are alive go to meet their loved ones that are also deceased. It is definitely heavenly. I would rather stay there then come back here. I could talk about it forever. There are so many things that people who have had a visitation remember.
Except our conversation. I have had a handful of these dreams. Mostly about my papaw. I was immediately sucked back into my body, and have never had another dream or visitation of either of them. I am very sad about that. I pray that in the future I will once again be allowed to visit them. However, we could hold hands. It was all thought, like telepathy.
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No sadness or grief, pain anything bad did not exist there. From the second you open your eyes there tears would actually evaporate immediately and all those feelings were gone. I just could hug him… Strange. I just could hug him….
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The date could also correspond to your own greiving process, dunno. In any case, I recommend not taking it too literally, but keep an eye on that watch. I was hired to help a family clean and prepare a room so their father could come home to die. The father, whom I never met, was in the hospital and Hospice would not allow him to be brought home due to the condition of his home. He and his wife are, were, hoarders. So, the daughters and I spent all day doing back breaking work tearing out carpets and making the areas clean and clear as instructed by Hospice. They paid me and I left.