KABUL, Afghanistan – Hamid Javani is a 20-year-old barber who runs a hair salon in Kabul. While cutting a client’s hair with his electric razor, this barber explains that now he has “very few customers.”
The prohibition of shaving was one of the norms of the strict dress code of the previous Taliban government. They based this prohibition on the belief that Islam’s prophet Mohammed used to wear a beard.
Clients are scared and this barber fights to keep his small salon open. Mr Javani says that before the Taliban seized control of the country, he could earn 200-300 USD a month. Now he is planning to close his business to avoid further losses.
For Afghans visiting a hairdresser can cost more than just their money. Appearance can put them in danger.