We had an inclining that life in North Korea wasn’t exactly all sunshine, pandas and rainbows but after coming across the latest attempt by the North Korean government to create the perfect socialist citizen, we’re pretty sure. If you live in North Korea, chances are that you’re going to be told whether it’s advisable to shit before showering or whether Kim Jong-un rates the opposite is the perfect way to go about your daily routine. You pretty much don’t have a choice in anything – well unless you really want to risk being locked up in some scary detention centre next to their nuclear testing sites.
Now, the very thoughtful North Korean government has mandated a series of acceptable hairstyles for citizens of the country, presumably put into place to stop people cutting their hair into free-thinking mohawks or high-faders. Yup, that’s right -in North Korea if you’re found wearing braids, fohawks, dreadlocks or even a pony tail you’ll be considered to be as evil as the devil himself.
So what is the reason for all of this madness? It appears that the North Korean government wants to eradicate any horrible capitalist, western fashion tendencies so that they can use the energy it takes to don one of these hairstyles to, um, build more nuclear rockets? Women are allowed to choose one of 14 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed to really let loose with longer, curlier locks. Men are prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 cm — less than 2 inches — while older men can get away with up to 7 cm (3 inches).
Check out the State approved hairstyles below: