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“Now we are the business owners, we are the queens of ourselves!”

It is an unexpected setting for a beauty salon. We find it tucked away inside a community centre in Al-Hashmi, East Amman. The five women running this new enterprise have heard that we have a male translator with us so we wait outside whilst they quickly put on their headscarves. As we enter the small salon – ‘Sabaya Style’ - there’s an excited buzz. The salon is professionally kitted out with Hollywood-style mirrors around the white walls, with accents of pink from the beauty accessories. The women greet us warmly and offer us cold drinks to stave off the heat.

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