Iran closes barbers offering 'un-Islamic' cuts


hermanntrude
#1
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has shut down barber shops offering unconventional Western hair styles amid a police crackdown on dress deemed un-Islamic, reports said.

"Over the past 15 days, 13 barbers' shops that had not respected the union's directives have been closed down," police commander Mohammad Ali Najafi said.


He told the Etemad daily that the barbers' union had banned eyebrow-plucking for men as well as "deviant Western styles".


"Eleven women's beauty saloons were also shut down for not having a licence or for violations such as tattooing, which is banned by a health ministry directive," he added.


Tehran's barbers' union said in April that police had issued a directive forbidding its members from giving men offbeat hairstyles. The directive also banned the use of cosmetics in male salons.
Shoulder-length, spiky or heavily gelled styles for men have long angered Iran's religious conservatives.


Police also launched a renewed crackdown last month against women whose skimpy headscarves or figure-hugging clothing violate the dress code in force in Iran.
 
Niflmir
Free Thinker
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrude View Post

He told the Etemad daily that the barbers' union had banned eyebrow-plucking for men as well as "deviant Western styles".

Haha, they would throw me away.
 
tamarin
Conservative
#3
Sounds like they're trying to make life difficult for tarts and sissies. Surely, there's something redemptive in that.
 
YoungJoonKim
#4
We should just start relying on alternative energy and slowly reduce their export to our civilization.
It will just destroy their economy and it will never rise again.
 

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