These Are North Korea’s 28 State-Approved Hairstyles

It looks a lot of this year's male Oscar winners wouldn't survive the Communist state of North Korea without a haircut.

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Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a hair salon in Pyongyang, North Korea on Feb. 20, 2013.

It looks a lot of this year’s male Oscar winners wouldn’t survive the Communist state of North Korea without a haircut.

The Telegraph reports that the world’s favorite hermit state is implementing state-sanctioned haircuts for men and women. Women are allowed to choose one of 14 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed let loose with longer, curlier locks. (We’re partial to no. 6 on the ladies’ list, which pays homage to the fabulous feathering that dominated so much of 1980s.)

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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.

Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang, North Korea on Feb. 20, 2013.

David Guttenfelder / AP

Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang, North Korea on Feb. 20, 2013.

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But hair conformity is nothing new in North Korea. The Daily Mail reports that in 2005 state TV aired a five part series on haircut guidelines for today’s modern socialist lifestyle, and it seems the concept is reemerging under North Korea’s new leader. There are a couple theories as to why this mandate is in place, including that Kim is not a fan of previous styles. Perhaps he just wants to avoid having to grow a pompadour like his father’s.

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107 comments
Agovich
Agovich

I myself am classy enough to compell to these "haircut restrictions". They're quite nice haircuts :) (I'm a guy btw, and I like serious classical good-looking haircuts, and these are ^^) 

Unknown-_+
Unknown-_+

this is so gay lets hope that are queen doesnt tell us to have our hair cut so its just like hers

MB79
MB79

@Unknown-_+  repost* this is so gay lets hope that are queen doesnt tell us to have our hair cut so its just like hers



It's spelled OUR, not are...OUR QUEEN. You sad illiterate fool.

HannahMatthau
HannahMatthau

@Unknown-_+ And hairstyle restrictions aren't a person therefore can't be gay. Don't use that word as an insult. Have a nice day and be kind to one another.

JoeBiden'sLeftfoot
JoeBiden'sLeftfoot

Somewhere a red flashing light is blinking in the Democratic Party's secret underground lair as they realize the huge bureaucratic possibilities of managing hair.  The billions in welfare haircut payments and subsidies, new taxes on people with hair to "pay their fair share" making up for the bald, a whole new police state apparatus requiring tens of thousands of illiterate but armed civil servant union members with arrest privileges, the necessity of installing and monitoring hundreds of millions of cameras in every home to assure only official hair cuts are performed, a hugely extensive but non-fuctional web site devoted to signing up for mandatory hair control, endless ass kissing from a Hollywood anxious to curry tax favors and that's just the beginning

TiffanyDavis
TiffanyDavis

I  don't think Time Magazine was trying to marginalize the challenges the North Korean people face at all. The North Korean government happened to run a 5-part series on the chili bowl hair cut.

WilliamSchaefer
WilliamSchaefer

How disgusting it is of Time Magazine to post an article in this nature. Here is a country with people starving, concentration camps, sickening things being done to their own people, and other crimes against the masses. This magazine, that started almost a century ago, goes as low as to make an amusement out of this news. What does this have to do with the hairstyles of those in the Oscars? What does your own personal opinion of ladies number 6 have to do with anything? Really, this is another story that highlights the oppression of those in North Korea, and yet you just make it into little more than smut. Consider me done with reading any of your garbage.

FashionforEveryone
FashionforEveryone

@WilliamSchaefer  couldn't agree more these are definitely some very unstylish haircuts. how are the people of south china supposed to look super hot for Kim Un and the ghost of Kim Ill  with these no swag having haircut choices. smh.

Hydro
Hydro

For all of you people out there who believe this in an outrage.. The United States military has even more restrictive haircut rules.



Groovylocks
Groovylocks

@Hydro  Right. But you don't HAVE to join the military...


Shittiest comparison ever. You didn't think that one through at all, did you?

ChristianJohnson
ChristianJohnson

@Hydro  I truly hope that this comet is a joke.  The military is a voluntary organisation or even if there is a draft something that comes to an end. In north korea you are born live and die without any personal freedom. If that was sarcasm than ok, if you are serious you are one of the most weak minded people I have ever had the displeasure of hearing from. 

Elly!
Elly!

I'm confused. On the one hand everyone's bitching that this short hair thing is boring, conformist, collectivist, totalitarian etc. At the same time, isn't long hair an important part of anti-capitalist anti-Western lifestyles like hippies? Aren't short sleek haircuts typical to Western business men?

There's something fishy to it. When men in the West have short, well combed hair they're elegant individualists who love themselves and take care of themselves, but when men from non-Western countries have it, they're oppressed conformist collectivists. Right.

Ponko
Ponko

This is not about the west.  STAY ON TOPIC!

pyrespirit
pyrespirit

@Elly! You certainly are confused.

Please point to the law in the West which mandates state-sanctioned haircuts on threat of imprisonment.

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

@Elly!  This is dumb. You're comparing styles to LAW?


Do you even understand what's going on here?

luluMcc
luluMcc

@Elly! what in the bloody hell are you talking about ?

Champagne
Champagne

Where's the chrome dome? Goes great with slanted eyes.

F.Castillo
F.Castillo

where is the chili bowl at? i don't see it anywhere! 

llastrange
llastrange

Starting to look a bit like Alice found Wonderland again. Only it is the King in charge now. 

WOLFSBANE
WOLFSBANE

WHAT DO THESE FOLKS DO FOR DUMB BLOND JOKES.............?

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

There's a list of State-Approved Blonde Jokes.

Irish Jokes are illegal, and punishable by death.

For some reason.

melonheadx13
melonheadx13

i don't see li'l un's high and tight, white sidewall style.  maybe that is reserved for only descendants of his family's dynasty

ScottDavis
ScottDavis

Kim Jong Il had the ladies 11, I see.

epitygxanwn
epitygxanwn

Pyongyang is the only city in N. Korea where they pay people enough to afford a barber.

zorbatron
zorbatron

Like things here at home are hunky dory.

GabrielHarper
GabrielHarper

Apparently there is only one state approved lipstick color as well.

idobuild
idobuild

Ahhh numba 12, 10 minute.

HaleyFoster
HaleyFoster

Only place on Earth where marijuana is 100% legal. 

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

@HaleyFoster  Wait are you serious? That seems weird, that a country with this level of famine and starvation would legalize a substance that gives you the munchies... 

RudyKatt
RudyKatt

I think the Obamas missed this one. Maybe after they take our guns, they will start telling us how to cut our hair. Thank you Libs for not being educated voters.

kmmalone85
kmmalone85

THIS is why all Asian people look the same.

stephenpoxon
stephenpoxon

News Release  North Korean males are not allowed to have a penis in excess of 2 inches in length.  Kim Jong Un, known to the ladies as Kim - Big - Dong - Jong - Un, after comparing his 'Rod' with the  'Rod-Man' has decided that no North Korean male should be better endowed.  After his meeting with the 'Rod-Man' he has decided to scrap his missile program and instead invest in improving his own missile.

JamesInTime
JamesInTime

hey CNN, want to offer me a job to brows Reddit all day and repost anything I think is interesting on to your website? That's apparently what you pay people to do since this was on Reddit over a week ago.

DarrellSwain
DarrellSwain

So what is you don't have any hair......do they kill you?

DennisHill
DennisHill

I like the #1 Madame Chang haircut. She's hot!!!

jaytathey
jaytathey

Remember when American made the Native Americans cut their hair and speak our language in prison camps...i mean boarding schools...History always repeats itself...

tjondo
tjondo

8 of the 10 larger photos of men's haircuts are longer than 2 inches...

WilliamBurnham
WilliamBurnham

Well, since 95% of the population are all members of the military too, I guess that makes sense :\