It was a sunny, cool day in mid-March, and a group of five men gathered outside a boutique in the city of Amman.
The group had gathered for a few hours of business: a salon was set up, and the owner was there to sign the clients’ bookings.
The salon’s owner, Aisha Beauty Salon, is a woman from Syria, and she was one of those who had agreed to be the only one of the five who signed the bookings for the salon.
“We are a small business, we have a small staff,” Aisha told Business Insider.
“We do a lot of work to improve the quality of our hair, so we needed to have a salon open to show the clients that it’s OK to come and get their hair.”
Aisha’s salon in Amman is not only an oasis of beauty, but also a safe space for those who are transgender, the BBC reported.
The owners of Aisha’s hair salon in Syria are women who were born male but had the surgery to become female, but had to hide their identity in order to pursue their beauty career.
“I had the operation to become a man,” Aishah told the BBC.
“I was born male, and I wanted to be a woman.”
“It’s not a secret, I’m a real woman,” she said.
“But I’m still living as a man, and that’s why I am a beauty salon.”
She explained that women like her, who were living as women, are in a constant state of flux.
“When I was a boy, I couldn’t be my real self, and so I was like, ‘Well, why am I doing this?'” she said, adding that her transformation has been gradual.
“Sometimes I’m doing it because I need to, other times I want to.
I am not ashamed.”
Aishah, who was born in Damascus, has been at the salon for a couple of years.
“People come to see me because I do this,” she told Business Email.
“It’s just that there are so many things I want, like having my own place.”
A few days later, the group of men were still there, signing the bookers’ book.
They all told the same story: they wanted to know if the salon could open again.
The owner said that it was up to the salon’s owners to decide if the space is open again, but that they were hopeful that the owners will consider it.
“The salon has been open for four years, so they have a lot more experience with the business, and they have experience of opening the salon in the first place,” Aita said.
It wasn’t the first time Aisha and the other owners had been asked to close their doors, but it was the first of its kind.
“They are always asking me if they can reopen and reopen,” Aisa told the New York Times.
“They are waiting for my permission to reopen.”
The owners told the newspaper that they had received some backlash from the local community after the salon reopened, but they are still hopeful that they will open again soon.
“All the women here are very welcoming,” Aida said.
“Everyone is very kind and supportive.
They are also happy that we have opened again, and we have our clients back.”