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article imageThe mullahs and the mullets: Iran’s new code on hairstyles

By Andrew John     Jul 7, 2010 in World
Floppy fringes, ponytails, mullets and quiffs are deemed decadent and un-Islamic hairstyles by mullahs in Iran, according to a new code issued in the country.
On the plus side, you are allowed a dab of gel, and it’s not even compulsory to wear a beard as a sign of religious devotion, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
“The catalogue of looks approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is due to be launched at a Modesty and Veil Festival in the Islamic republic later this month,” writes the Mirror’s reporter, Josh Layton.
As well as the fringes, the ponytails and the quiffs, elaborate spikes are also forbidden under the new code. They are thought to be “decadent Western cuts.”
The Modesty and Veil Festival’s organizer, Jaleh Khodayar, is quoted as saying: “The proposed styles are inspired by Iranians’ complexion, culture, religion and Islamic law.
“We are happy that the Islamic republic of Iran’s government has backed us in designing these styles.”
Morality police
The Iranian “morality police” crack down on what is deemed un-Islamic dress, particularly in the summer, when people are likely to wear less clothing.
Some barbershops have been closed down for not sticking to what is de rigueur by Iran’s Islamic standards.
Among hair cuts that hardliners have taken exception to before is that sported the football Chris Waddle: a 1980s mullet.
Anyone seen wearing such a hairstyle, says the Mirror, “risked being hauled off to police stations for forced cuts.”
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