[QODLink]
Witness
Looking Good
The 'burqa' is a common sight in Afghanistan - but there is a lot behind the veil.
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2009 14:49 GMT

Watch part two

Filmmaker: Ruhi Hamid

With the Taliban gone, the anonymous blue veil remains a common sight on Afghanistan's uneasy streets - but with the make up underneath: anything goes. Humera beauty salon is in Kabul's blossoming beauty district. The salon's director, Nadia Husseini, worked in Pakistan during the Taliban but now she is happy to be running a thriving business in Kabul.

Friday is a busy day in the salon, with women wanting to look their best at the start of society's wedding season. Customers come in and out all day, with scarcely time for the beauticians to take a tea break.

Pikai Asghari is hosting her nephew's engagement party that evening and her in-laws are coming to stay – the eponymous blue burka provides the perfect cover for Pikai's gradual transformation – she’s able to dash home to prepare the feast with her hair still in curlers.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.