Which dictatorship-hairstyle should I sport today?

Lena Høyberg

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Either choose one of these 28 state-approved hair styles – or you’re imperialistic capitalist-twat. The Telegraph reports that North Korea is implementing state-sanctioned haircuts for men and women. 

In 2004-2005 it was launched a government propaganda program entitled “Let’s trim the hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle”.

18 hairstyles for women

Women are allowed to choose one of 18 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed let loose with longer, curlier locks.

DAVID GUTTENFELDER / AP
DAVID GUTTENFELDER / AP

Ten manly alternatives

Men are prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 cm — less than 2 inches — while older men can get away with up to 7 cm (3 inches). Oddly enough, the list falls short of including its young leader Kim Jong Un’s current look  — a variation on the high-and-tight that may be too much of a power ‘do for North Korea’s non-elite.

DAVID GUTTENFELDER / AP
DAVID GUTTENFELDER / AP

In five parts

The campaign was accompanied by a television documentary in five parts. Probably for entirely different reasons parts of the documentary were shown on BBC shortly afterwards. According to the BBC, the television program claimed that hair length could affect human intelligence, because hair deprives your body nutrients required for hair to grow.

The politicized struggle for hair lengths are part of a long campaign by the regime’s side.

Updated hairstyles

The Daily Mail has written about these posters that hang on the walls of hair salons in North Korea. The banners makes it clear what hairstyles that are on the menu these days.

The choice is simple and straightforward:

• Women gets the choice between 18 hairstyles.

• For men, life is simpler, with 10 approved options.

Basically, the posters say that women are more vain than men – even in North Korea.

Which dictatorship-hairstyle would you sport today? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Lena Høyberg

Norwegian journalist, 23. Studying at Griffith College, Dublin.