Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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State-Approved Iranian Haircuts Not As Square As One Might Think

unveiling state-approved islamic hairstylesThere is an amazing bunch of photographs up at Iran's Mehr News site illustrating the government's recent decree of haircuts that fall in line with Iranian and Islamic principles. While the guidelines are intended to thwart the popularity of "Western" styles among the country's youth, they're not as short and crewcut-y as you might expect. Length in the back seems to be the main no-no, but Priestlian sideburns and Preslian pompadours meet with repeated approval.

lots of loft
Even better, the barber in the official pictures is rocking a crazy sort of spiky-fauxhawk deal on top, with bangs combed down like a Caesar (you can't get much more "Western" than that, can you?) that's really very punk!

punk rock

Most of all, though, I want this creepy instructional mannequin for decoration in my apartment.

punk barber

24 Comments / Post A Comment

La Cieca (#1,110)

"Nice mullah!"

hman (#53)

"I got it at Schehairazade's!"

TennisCourtOaf (#4,871)

woah — totally into the hot Iranian bear hairdresser (beardresser?) in the other pics on the site. Sign me up for a trip to Beahran!

garge (#736)

My loyalties lie with him as well; it is good there are no gay people in Iran, mine mine mine.

deepomega (#1,720)

The mannequin appears marked up for slicing and eating. Is that halal?

Mount_Prion (#290)

I'd expect square haircuts to be thoroughly banned. House Party is extremely decadent and western.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

No gays in Iran, Ahmadi? Really?

garge (#736)

Oh, look, there's my punchline!

HiredGoons (#603)

Nope. Plenty of hairdressers, interior designers, and musical theater majors; BUT NO GAY PEOPLE.

carpetblogger (#306)

You're only gay in Iran if you're catching. Pitching is totally ok.

jolie (#16)

Looking forward to the public apology to your kid for causing him years of trauma because you decided to decorate your house with that creepy instructional mannequin.

HiredGoons (#603)

I was about to say, people with mannequins as decoration are like, a 'thing' I have, insomuch as I avoid them.

Dave Bry (#422)

For the record, there are no mannequins in my apartment… (yet.)

HiredGoons (#603)

They tend to fall into two camps: kids who spend too much time at Hot Topic, and Serial Killers*.

*not always mutually exclusive

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

I personally am going for the Koran Koran look.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

$10 to the first person to make a successful "Shiite Easton" or "Sunni Crockett" reference

HiredGoons (#603)

Something something Donna Koran.

KarenUhOh (#19)

That mannequin is makin' me want a steak.

CardamomCardigan (#5,908)

I'd never really seen Iranian men's hairstyles as a venue particularly plagued with anti-establishment expression. Indeed, the fashion nuances of the state-approved pompadours seem to pale a bit when you consider that women have been required since 1979 to wear head-scarves. Show me a beehive, and then I'll be impressed.

roboloki (#1,724)

so what do the mullahs say about pubic topiary? i'd hate to have an infidel's pube-do.

G Garcia-Fenech (#4,190)

I for one commend the totalitarian government for not including the faux-hawk.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I am reading this as a reply to roboloki above, and no one can change my mind.

Flashman (#418)

Those pompadours are pretty much Reveenian

the Loud Coast (#1,362)

I'm gonna put out a mixtape called "Decadent Western Cuts"

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