Everyone knows the famous leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Though, many people may recognize him for his leadership. Some knows him for his distinct haircut.
In North Korea, men and women can only choose up to 15 approved hairstyles. There are illustrated guide scattered across Pyongyang’s hair salons, showing haircuts that are acceptable by Kim Jong-un’s authorities.
The world’s famous leader state has implemented state-sanctioned haircuts for men and women. Women are allowed to choose one of the styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed 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).
Surprisingly, none of the male hair styles match the famous leader’s trademark haircut.
Mika Mäkeläinen, a Finnish journalist shared a picture of a poster on social media. He he took the picture during his visit to Pyongyang to cover the Day of the Sun – a celebration of 105 years since the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung was born.
He even tried to have a haircut at one of the country’s salons, choosing what he said was ‘the most popular’ style on offer – and described the experience as the ‘best shave and head massage that I have ever had’.
He tweeted: ‘North Korean men can choose between 15 approved haircut styles. I had the most popular one – and it’s not like Kim Jong Un.’
‘Equality in North Korea: Both sexes have 15 approved haircut models. You can forget about dyeing your hair though.’
But hair conformity is not a big deal in North Korea. There are a couple theories as to why this mandate is in place, including that Kim is not a fan of previous styles. Perhaps he views this as a way to implement order. What do you think?