Government mandated haircuts? Sheesh! Via Reuters:
Women in Iran must cover their hair in public to comply with Sharia law, and men, too, are expected to have modest haircuts — but what exactly does that entail?
A new set of hairstyles has gone on display aiming to guide barbers and their customers away from the temptations of decadent western coiffures.
“We don’t have a backward attitude. We are trying to present new hairstyles while preserving tradition and observing Iranian culture,” said Jaleh Khodayar, secretary of the Hijab (Islamic dress) and Chastity Festival where the approved haircuts will go on display.
“This is how we will fight back against the Western cultural invasion,” she said, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.
Photographs of the new styles shown to the media include a variety of cuts for curly or straight hair. None are long, but several have elements of style, including long sideburns and, in one instance, a quiff reminiscent of a 1960s Elvis Presley…
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