Kteer Jeune (Very Young)


How Lebanese females look after their appearances began being documented through different generations in December 2009. 

Almost every street in Beirut is populated with beauty salons, which are not seen as pampering sessions, but a way of life in Lebanon, even for the busiest of mothers and the poorest of people in society. 


There are four women to every man. Females are brought up from a young age influenced by their mothers, having beauty parties, teenagers and women having regular beauty appointments. Maya Hilal, founder and owner of Spa-Tacular Salon and Spa opened in July 2009. The idea was inspired by her daughters' visits to the hairdressers. "It was a very bad experience, the place was dull,and there was no colour. So I thought, why don't I just do a place just for kids?" Hilal explained she was supplying a social demand and creating a cheerful place for children. "It's nice during holidays, during weekends, it's a pampering thing, and a hygiene thing. It's the way you bring up your kids". 


The First National Bank in Lebanon offers interest free plastic surgery loans, promising surgery to women who are under the age of 64 and employed. Which makes plastic surgery accessible for almost everyone.

With an increasing number of female teenagers undergoing Rhinoplasty operations, Carine, 17,fell into the craze. "Everyone did it this summer, they came back to school with band aids on theirnose. So I said, I hate my nose too, it's ok if I did it, its not a big deal". 


As Lebanese women grow older, these social expectations in Lebanon do not change. 

Young girls wait for their make-overs at a nine-year-old's beauty birthday party held at Chez Lulu Beauty Salon for children, in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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A baby wears designer Christian Dior shoes at a 9-year-old's beauty birthday party held at Frizzy's Chez Lulu Beauty Salon in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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A child take part of a 'make-over' session at a nine-year-old's birthday party held at Frizzy's Chez Lulu's beauty salon in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Young girls take part in a mini manicure service at an 8-year-old's beauty birthday party at Spa-Tacular Salon in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Raneem, nine, (center) poses with a baby at her birthday at her beauty birthday party held at Frizzy's Chez Lulu, with her friends in Beirut, Lebanon.

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A young girl has her hair straightened at an eight-year-old's beauty birthday party at Spa-Tacular Salon in Beirut, Lebanon. Maya Hilal, owner of children's spa, Spa-Tacular Salon and Spa in Beirut, states "I'm not encouraging anything, the new generation is in anyway, no matter what we do, are born much more aware, much more alert, and much more grown up, so whatever we do, we're not gonna slow anything down". 

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Raneem, nine, poses with her birthday hat at her beauty birthday party held at Frizzy's Chez Lulu, in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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A young girl after her make-over at an eight-year-old's beauty birthday party held at Spa-Tacular Salon in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Carine, 17, seven days after her Rhinoplasty operation in Beirut, Lebanon. "I got it done because I hated my nose, it was really really big, and most people in our school do it, it's not a big thing. I said ok, I hate my nose too, so it's ok if I do it, it's very common" A well-known, successful  plastic surgeon in Beirut specialising in ears, nose and throat, knew he wanted to become a plastic surgeon at the age of nine. When asked if Arab women are increasingly losing their features, he stated they had no distinct facial characteristics anyway. 

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Nour, 18, and Carine, 18, have their hair groomed at a hair salon in Beirut in preparation for their high school prom.

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Carine, 18, at her home in Beirut, Lebanon, reacts to her father about his ideas of her curfew on the night of her high school prom.  

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Ghida, 18, and Carine, 18, wait for their limousine to drive them to their high school prom in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Lydia and Faten, both beauticians pose on their pedicure chairs at Papillon Rouge Beauty Center in Beirut, Lebanon. Lydia stated,"Leave a girl without food or water, but don't leave her without her make up, hair and nails"

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A ladies hair salon in the Moussaitbeh district of Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Rola Eid, banker and mother of two, uses a nail-drying machine at Top Coat nail spa in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Women enjoy themselves during a birthday dinner at 'The Greedy Goose' British pub in Beirut, Lebanon. Most of the women in the photograph have undergone Botox injections. 

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Samia Makarem, 71, at her doctor's surgery before she undergoes a Botox injection in the Sin-El-Fil region of Lebanon. Makarem resides in the mountains, in Ras-el-Maten, Lebanon, she underwent Botox injections after repeatedly being accused of frowning too much by her family and peers

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An elderly lady has her hair washed after it being dyed at Pace e Luce Salon in Beirut, Lebanon.

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