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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105 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

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.

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.



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.

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.............?

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

luluMcc
luluMcc

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

Ponko
Ponko

This is not about the west.  STAY ON TOPIC!

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

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


Do you even understand what's going on here?

pyrespirit
pyrespirit

@Elly! You certainly are confused.

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

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

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

Irish Jokes are illegal, and punishable by death.

For some reason.

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

Huh. I actually thought it was just a genetic trait.

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

@DominicaStrong  They actually are trapped somewhere in the 80s. They have computer books in the people's library that they are very fond of and proud of. They are MacIntosh books from the early 80s and old commodore manuals from about the same time. They will show them to visitors like 'Looook what weeeeee have!"


You're not allowed to tell them that they're 30 years behind. And you're not allowed to take any photo or video of any of them. The best scenario is that you get deported. It can get a lot worse than that and local guides will tell you that themselves

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... 

Groovylocks
Groovylocks

BOTH liberals and democrats show their true colours. You're the only two groups of people on this thread who have made a story about a totally other country ALL ABOUT YOU.


Typical. 

melonheadx13
melonheadx13

@RudyKatt here we have the typical low iq bigot obama basher who trolls the web in search of comment boxes where he can gleefully bash our resident regardless of subject.  go on, troll on with your bad self.  it's great to see grandchildren teaching their cranky old white elders the fundamentals of how to operate a pc and surf the internets.

melonheadx13
melonheadx13

@RudyKatt and BAM, there it is as usual, obama bashing regardless of topic.

thank you ignorant bigot for your astute observations. 

CarterButland
CarterButland

@RudyKatt @RudyKatt Does anybody else find it odd that the MAJORITY of college and university campuses consists of those who affiliate themselves with the Democratic Party, yet the "Libs" are still labeled as uneducated? It's a changing time, RudyKatt. Before you excoriate every liberal idea, change, or movement you should ask yourself, "why has the GOP only won the popular vote 1 time out of the last 6 presidential elections?" You're party is struggling, and that's apparent by the fracturing of your core into the Tea Party-ers, social conservatives, and, for lack of a better term, "traditional" Republicans. But what do I know? I'm just an uneducated Lib.

CarterButland
CarterButland

@RudyKatt Does anybody else find it odd that the MAJORITY of college and university campuses consists of those who affiliate themselves with the Democratic Party, yet the "Libs" are still labeled as uneducated? It's a changing time, RudyKatt. Before you excoriate every liberal idea, change, or movement you should ask yourself, "why has the GOP only won the popular vote 1 time out of the last 6 presidential elections?" You're party is struggling, and that's apparent by the fracturing of your core into the Tea Party-ers, social conservatives, and, for lack of a better term, "traditional" Republicans. But what do I know? I'm just an uneducated Lib.

zorbatron
zorbatron

@RudyKatt Maybe you should actually read the second amendment to the constitution.


MattHansen
MattHansen

@RudyKatt Thank you politically obtuse for continuing to misunderstand the meaning of "Liberalism".

lastcrazyhorn
lastcrazyhorn

@RudyKatt uneducated voters?  You think the liberals are uneducated?  THAT'S so incredibly ludicrous that I don't even have a place to start.

Mavent
Mavent

@RudyKatt I'd be happy if they could just stop Republicans from being ldiots in public places.

Rafterman00
Rafterman00

@RudyKatt The Obama administration has not taken one single gun from anyone, nor does it plan to. Making things up does not make it true.


Ponko
Ponko

@melonhead you are the very one I have repoted so far 4X on this topic, you are way off topic, subject matter is about NK and the hairstyles they are allowed only to have.  Keep on topic or stop posting already1

Wolfbitn
Wolfbitn

@CarterButlandI prefer to think of Republicans as sold out corporatists and Dems as educated idiots who demand everyone believe as they do, even though most of their beliefs make no sense at all.   Lets face it, they both get  the vast majority of their money from corporations and both of them legislate for said corporations, while we the people take the shaft at both ends... wake up please lol

AW
AW

@CarterButland The GOP is struggling because most of the voters are depending on handout's so they can't vote Republican.  That would be like shooting themselves in the foot.

melonheadx13
melonheadx13

@zorbatron @RudyKatt "well regulated" has obviously been perverted beyond belief. try the anti establishment of a state religion provision in the bill of rights.  that more clearly supports your point of view as guns are obviously your religion that demands human sacrifice and regular offerings of blood upon your altar of the graven idol of the gun.

Wolfbitn
Wolfbitn

@melonheadx13 @zorbatron @RudyKatt   Mellonhead fits someone who prefers that home-owners are disarmed and at the mercy of criminals who will obtain what they want to use against whom they want, without fear of the law or the unarmed citizen.