North Korea issues list of 28 approved haircuts

Men can pick from 10 variations on the short back and sides. But the despot Teddy Boy look adopted by their supreme leader is not on the list. Older men in the state can grow their barnets to three inches long. 

By the orders issued by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, men are supposed to cut their hair every 15 days. Representation pic

But all other blokes have been warned to ensure their hair is a maximum length of two inches, which suggests Kim Jong-un might need to pay a visit to a barber. Women have a bit more choice a dazzling array of 18 styles that seem to have been plucked from an episode of 80s soap Dynasty. Married women have been told to keep their hair short while singletons can have longer locks. 

Spiky crops are among North Korea’s banned styles. Breaking the new rules could leave people facing a brush with the law. But North Korea’s first lady, Ri Sol-ju, has proved herself to be more fashion forward suggesting there could be a change for the country’s next generation.

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