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[caption id="attachment_2709" align="alignright" width="281"]capture Mehrnoush Shafiei with her grandmother, Hamdam Farahani[/caption] Mehrnoush Shafiei is a young Iranian-Canadian whose grandmother Hamdam Farahani grew up in what has now become part of Tehran, Iran. She was born with blond hair and blue eyes, and many considered her to be the most beautiful girl in the village. Now in her seventies, she has passed on her most treasured Iranian beauty tips to her granddaughter. We learn all sorts of secrets from her medicine cabinet and a few silly superstitions too. Body Hair: In previous years, Iranian women did not remove any of their body hair until they were married and grew up to believe that to have some light, soft body hair was attractive. After marriage, they would then remove it, either by waxing or threading, rather painful yet effective. Eyebrows: Well, according to Mehrnoush's grandmother, eyebrows should remain thick until marriage, when they can be plucked and shaped to your liking. Her suggestions for eyebrow shaping include using a straight, thin razor and removing the hairs along the top of the eyebrow. She didn't favor coloring in one's eyebrows at all and said that darkening brows only makes them sparse. In Iran, having thick brows equates to having a strong handshake. [caption id="attachment_2710" align="alignleft" width="300"]capture Long eyelashes are an attractive feature among Persian women[/caption] Eyelashes: Thick eyelashes are attractive and a must for Iranian women. In the old days when babies were born with thin eyelashes, Mehrnoush's grandmother's generation would cut them so they would grow back even thicker. One wouldn't recommend this nowadays, though. Mehrnoush says, "No one has thin eyelashes in Iran, but if you do, it's stressful for everyone." Hair: Apparently, a great hair conditioner to use is henna, which gives the tips a red tint and looks pretty too. Another age-old tradition is to add honey to your shampoo for a bit of bounce and softness. Hijabs are worn far back on the head these days revealing the front portion of a women's hair, so treating and styling it is essential. Mehrnoush agrees with this, as she has a friend whose cousin teases her when her hair is out of place, claiming that she looks like she comes from the village. Exercise: Mehrnoush says that her grandmother does fifty mouth crunches before going to bed at night. She works out her neck and defines her cheeks in this manner, and then still gets up for a round of exercise. Facial features: Her grandmother is a bit superstitious when it comes to noses. So, when she sees a child who looks as though they could grow up to have a large nose, she does the strangest thing and tells their mother to pinch the ends each night. Wellbeing: Some Iranian women, even the conservative ones, believe that dating as many men as possible will keep a woman looking and feeling great! Who could argue with that? There you have it, some old and new beauty tips to keep you looking your best.
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