Hijab Friendly Salons for Muslim Women Customers in Ontario

Hijab Friendly Salons
Photo credit, CBC Canada News. Lamees Ammoury represents three salons in London including the Cut Above and Sami and Naji. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Hijab-friendly salons in Ontario serve Muslim women customers ‘normal way.’

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The step toward inclusivity is helping to break down the misconceptions related to the Islamic dress — ultimately empowering the women underneath it.
“Underneath those scarves is a beautiful head of hair that has been coloured, cut and styled and these women are very stylish.”
“You feel like you’re just a normal person …  — you walk in,  book your appointment, go to the back, cut your hair and walk right back out as if it’s a normal thing,”

The original story was published on CBC Canada

Aya Ahmet and her mother Jenan have both heard a fair share of bizarre and often laughable speculations about their hijab.

“Do you shower in it?”

“Do you sleep in it?”

“Do you get hot in the summertime?”

One misconception that’s especially striking for the London, Ont., women is when some people think they never remove their head scarves, or care for their hair.

“That’s not true,” said Jenan.

In fact, a growing number of hair salons in the city and across the nationare offering the privacy required for hijab-clad women to receive services without worrying about male employees or clients catching a glimpse of what’s underneath.

The step toward inclusivity is helping to break down the misconceptions related to the Islamic dress — ultimately empowering the women underneath it.

A woman who chooses to wear the hijab is required to cover her hair and most of her body from men outside of her immediate and extended family circles. The Islamic guideline may differ among a spectrum of religious schools of thought.

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