Iran Bans Mullets and Ponytails for Men

Finally, a ban we can support! If we can get Crocs on this list, we may be able to overlook Iran’s little nuclear and human rights issues.

Okay, not really, but we doubt if there will be rallies on behalf of the opposition on this one. The Islamic republic recently held a Modesty and Veil Festival where organizer Jaleh Khodayar proposed styles “inspired by Iranians’ complexion, culture and religion, and Islamic law.”  {Telegraph}

So which hairstyles are appropriate? Apparently the Iranian complexion, culture and religion favor Elvis style pompadours, hair gel in moderation, man bangs and previously banned goatees. The hairstyles appeared at a Tehran hair show (we’re guessing these are far less exciting than US hair shows), approved by the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance. Elaborate spikes, however, are out.

Iranian hipsters fighting for their right to be business in the front, party in the back, will find it difficult to find barbers willing to be accomplices. According to the Telegraph, barber shops offering “Western-style” haircuts have been shut down.

While we’re not crazy about mullets, having actual fashion police to regulate appearances is extreme. Bad taste may make you unemployable for certain employers, but it certainly shouldn’t make anyone a criminal.

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