Skip to comments.North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles
Posted on 02/21/2013 3:30:05 PM PST by Pinkbell
You won't see a North Korean woman sporting the Jennifer Aniston style blow-dry.
That is because women are being encouraged to do their bit for the world's most conformist state - by getting a specially approved haircut.
The bizarre campaign exhorts women to choose from one of 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles chosen by communist officials eager to clamp down on western influences.
And judging by this display on the wall of a salon in the capital of Pyongyang, there are not many styles to choose from.
With traditional Korean dress, women generally wear a straight style but with western clothes they can choose something more wavy or loosely permed.
You can also tell the difference between married and unmarried women just by the style of their hair do.
Married women tend to be frowned upon if they are not sporting a shorter mop but those who are unmarried are allowed to be a bit more playful with their choice of style - opting for plaits, braids or even a ribbon.
Unfortunately, the strict guidelines also apply for men.
Back in 2005, North Korean state TV launched a five part series entitled 'Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle' with the aim of promoting short back and sides for its male population.
At the same time, a number of reports appeared in North Korean press and radio urging tidy hairstyles and appropriate clothing.
The TV show sent out teams with hidden cameras to catch 'rebel' North Koreans who were breaking the North Korean strict hairstyle code.
The makers of the program went so far as to name and shame those who had the audacity to get their hair cut differently.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
The program even claimed there were health reasons not to grow long hair including the bizarre claim that long hair would rob the brain of energy.
LOL! These people have long since past crazy.
Check out the picture at the link for the 18 approved women's hairstyles and the men's hairstyles. I know they really want to avoid "western influence", but would it really be so bad to have something that doesn't look so dated? I suppose if I had to choose, I'd go with #2. Thank God I don't have to. Communism is a miserable system, but I'm sure the libs will say that's not "real" communism, and dictatorial things like this wouldn't happen if they gifted us with a worker's "paradise" here.
This is my idea of the perfect North Korea haircut. Suitable for men and women.
Coming to your obamahaircare stylist in the future.
Having too long hair is unhealthy for you. And since we control your healthcare you’ll cut it the way we want. Piss us off and we’ll force you to get a “Moe”.
Coming soon to this country through sharia law !
I bet in DPRK, they even tell you how to wipe while on the can.
The revolution will be lead by a woman with hairstyle #19.
This is the type of news article Mayor Bloomberg hides under his mattress to "read" in secret.
That’s quite a few more than are allowed in this country. In the USA, if it’s not championed on TMZ, women are not allowed to have it.
I’m down with all of those “hair styles”.
South Korean TV shows on DVD have been smuggled in and they do have an effect
Who has paper? Or even corn-cobs?
That is a wig. No amount of Afrosheen or a conk job could make Moochelle’s hair look like that.
I liked #3 and #5 of the women.
North Koreans couldn’t afford the can
Which one will Moochelle select?
That’s Girls Generation right?
I also know that I must beat all their fathers in Starcraft 2
Love Girls Generation’s music!