Man-Brows

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One of the disadvantages of living in Saudi Arabia is the fact that most employees at hair salons and what-have-you don't speak English or Arabic as their native tongue.  So when I walked into the local salon the other day, asking if they bleach stray eyebrow hairs (as I haven't plucked my eyebrows since performing the Umrah in 2012, thank God), I should have known that the Philippino stylist's enthusiastic "yes" could mean trouble.

Instead of bleaching the stray hairs underneath my eyebrows, she dyed both of them the darkest brown imaginable.  I felt like Brooke Shields only ugly. 

With a lot of makeup, though, I have been able to try to make this look work. 

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It should be noted here that this is how Arab women typically rock their brows.  On the facial fur issue, though, I have always been more of a white girl.  But hey, I am thinking now that I could get used to this look if I tried.

After the salon fail, I whined all the way to a friend's home for pizza and we later hit up the Riyadh Gallery mall for a bit of retail therapy.  My friend-slash-coworker graciously photographed me with some sheep on our way.

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And, to my shock and delight, when I saw my photograph with said sheep the one thought that went through my mind was this: I actually look Arab now!  

So, dear reader, there is a plus side to everything.  One perk of having man-brows in today's world is the exposure of half of my true identity--in case my spoken Arabic and bold nose wasn't enough evidence for you.  There is Syrian in mah blood.  The end.

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