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Saudi working women embrace cropped locks

As more Saudi women join the workforce, a central plank of government efforts to remake the economy, many describe the ‘boy’ cut as a practical, professional alternative to longer hair styles.

RIYADH: When Saudi doctor Safi took a new job at a hospital in the capital, she decided to offset her standard white lab coat with a look she once would have considered dramatic.

Walking into a Riyadh salon, she ordered the hairdresser to chop her long, wavy locks all the way up to her neck, a style increasingly in vogue among working women in the conservative kingdom.

The haircut –- known locally by the English word “boy” –- has become strikingly visible on the streets of the capital, and not just because women are no…

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