Wigging Out: North Korea Decrees 28 State-Sanctioned Hairstyles

by Janine on 5 March 2013 · 14 comments

North Korean hairstyles in a salonThere is no separation between salon and state in North Korea, reports The Telegraph. The communist government has apparently decided upon just 28 hairstyles from which citizens can choose — 18 for women, 10 for men.

North Korea's state-sanctioned hairstyles_menWord is that the government deems these “‘the most comfortable’ styles and capable of warding off the corrupting effects of capitalism.” The long and the short of it all is this:

  • Single females must stick to simple styles — read: shorter.
  • Married females may have longer hair and more elaborate options, such as an updo.
  • Young males must keep their hair less than 5 cm long, and schedule trims every 15 days.
  • Older males may let their hair grow to 7 cm in length.

Harry Styles quiff

  • Spikes and Harry Styles quiffs (above) are absolutely prohibited.
  • The style sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not on the menu.

This certainly simplifies choosing a new ’do. Which style is your fave?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

YouLookHotToday 5 March 2013 at 9:14 am

Wow. There’s nuthin’ to say ‘cept Wow.


Janine 5 March 2013 at 9:21 am

I used to watch the evening news with my parents when I was in high school, and told them on many occasions, in reaction to some sort of social-unrest news from the US or UK, “thanks for choosing Canada” as our home after we moved from St. Vincent.

I’m so glad NK wasn’t ever on their radar.


Cranky B. Pants 5 March 2013 at 9:51 am

I don’t think you can “choose” North Korea; you certainly can’t choose to leave!


Janine 5 March 2013 at 9:56 am

Excellent point, Cranky.


Syen 5 March 2013 at 11:00 pm

Wow….. *speechless*

PS: Hey Janine!!! Have a great week! =)


Janine 6 March 2013 at 2:54 pm

Boggles the mind, doesn’t it, Syen? Happy week to you too, lovely!


Charlene 5 March 2013 at 11:25 pm

Wow… unbeleivable. Clearly my current hairdo reeks of capitalism…


Janine 6 March 2013 at 2:55 pm

It’s like an alternate reality, all that, isn’t it??


Janine Olivier Greener 6 March 2013 at 3:20 am

I just find it so unbelievable that in the world that we live in today with all of it’s capabilities, modernistic ways and technology that there are still people living in a totalitarian lifestyle. It is just not right is all.


Janine 6 March 2013 at 3:03 pm

Agreed, Janine (hey, I like your name). One word: scary.


Katie 6 March 2013 at 8:15 am

Mind = blown. Wow.


Janine 6 March 2013 at 3:03 pm

When I read the first story, I checked my calendar to make sure it wasn’t already April 1st!


asa 12 March 2013 at 6:38 am

GOOD GOD, these styles are old-fashioned!!!


Janine 12 March 2013 at 6:24 pm

Maybe that’s why they’re a defense against capitalism? *giggle*


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