Recently, I have noticed a curious trend: the proliferation of post-conflict beauty schools.
I first heard about it from my boss, who described how the UNDP ran a program that trained hundreds and hundreds of Kosovar Albanian women –that is, way too many– to be hairdressers in the early and mid 2000’s.
And then I heard about the IRC training beauticians in Chechnya.
And then the Kabul Beauty School (pictured above).
And just today, reading ‘Child Soldiers: Think Again,’ I stopped on this line and chuckled:
In Liberia, for example, too many ex-combatants were educated as carpenters and hairdressers.
How many post-conflict beauty schools are there? And why is hairdressing/cosmetology picked as a profession to train vulnerable populations in? I wonder how the decision-making works here, be it with the UN or NGOs, and how much local input there is.