A hairdresser trims a young woman's locks Sunday in a salon where ladies gather to primp and catch up on gossip in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. The neighborhood is considered relatively safe, unlike many areas in mostly Sunni west Baghdad where extremists rule. According to the extremists' harsh interpretations of Islam, women should not look beautiful in public. Extremists have threatened hairdressers, blown up their shops and even killed some. Many now work in secret salons, only serving people they know, in their own houses.

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