is launching a holy war on men’s hair fashion, and cracking down on Satanic
mullets and other men’s hair styles that do not meet criteria set forth in a
catalogue of state approved government cuts for men.
In an attempt to free itself of ‘decadent’ western hairstyles the Islamic
republic is explicitly forbidding men from wearing ponytails, mullets and
spikes. Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has published a
catalogue of state-approved hairstyles for men.
While ponytails, mullets and elaborate spikes have all been deemed unacceptable
for men, side-partings and even Elvis Presley like styles will be allowed.
Iranians are accustomed to silly laws violating one’s freedom to self
expression via grooming or dress. By law women must cover their heads and
bodies; men are encouraged to grow beards (a sign of faith), discouraged from
wearing neckties (too foreign), and now, banned from getting hip hairstyles
The Iranian government unveiled the first photographs of hairstyles it wants to
see on men – clean cut, with some gelling and sideburns permitted. The images
are part of a “journal of Iranian hairstyles approved by the ministry,”
released ahead of the Modesty and Veil Festival later this month.