Fashion police: Iran bans ‘devil worshipping’ spiky haircuts

Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned in Iran because they imply devil-worship, while tattoos and other male bodily adornments also being outlawed.

Jagged haircuts have become fashionable among all strata of Iran’s youthful population in recent years, but have divided opinion and been deemed by the authorities as western and un-Islamic.

“Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden,” said Mostafa Govahi, the head of Iran’s Barbers Union, cited by the ISNA news agency.

“Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked,” he said, noting that if a business cut hair in such a style this will “violate the Islamic system’s regulations”.

As well as tattoos being banned, solarium treatments and the plucking of eyebrows – another rising trend among young Iranian males – will not be tolerated, the report said…

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Imagine feeling threatened by someone’s haircut.
    How ridiculously insecure is that?

    Here’s a photo of a previous crackdown on spiky haircuts by Iran….
    (A clipped and laminated black-n-white version hangs on my fridge for the amusement of visitors.)

    The dude on the left, with his spiky hair annnnd superstar mullet is the Revolutionary Guard’s very own Moby Dick.

    • mobuyus

      My fathers unit in ww2 sported Mohawks and it unnerved the Germans greatly.

  • Mohamsandwich

    What the f*ck?

  • Bubba

    Imagine that banning “spiky haircuts” next thing they will outlaw hacking off the naughty bits of little girls………….oh wait.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    While I am all in favor of free expression, at least this once I can’t fault the Iranian authorities for bad taste.

    • Frau Katze

      I don’t like them either but banning them is going too far. It has that totalitarian feel to it.

  • Edubeat

    Methinks our Iroquois Confederacy brothers should lodge a human rights complaint against Iran. Or just open some smokeshacks in downtown Tehran. Kills bugs dead!

    • Minicapt

      They borrowed the style from the Irish when they visited in the 8th Century or so.


    • Frau Katze

      Good idea!

  • cmh

    Just as Geert said last night….’no fun in islam’

  • Brett_McS

    Of course in North Korea they all have to have whatever hairstyle Kim Jr is sporting. Talk about a clone army.