Iranian police have banned what they deem “homosexual” and “devil worshipping” hairstyles specifically spiky cuts, along with tattoos, plucked eyebrows for men and any kind of sunbed treatments which they deem to be un-islamic. This is not the first time Iranian authorities have done this, in 2010 Iran banned ponytails, mullets and long, gelled hair for men, this is a trend that occurs every summer as authorities begin to crack down on men and women wearing clothing or sporting hairdos that imitate western styles.
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani spoke out against these police crackdowns stating that “Police do not have a duty to enforce Islam. No police officer can do something and say he did it because God commanded it, or the prophet had said so. It has nothing to do with the police. The police only have one duty: to implement the law. That’s it.” Mostafa Govalhi, head of the country’s Barber union said “Devil-worshipping hairstyles are forbidden. Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked. Tattoos, solarium treatments and plucking eyebrows [for men] are also forbidden…Haircuts that show symbols or signs of devil worshippers or those adopted by homosexuals are banned, I won’t allow such wrongful western styles as long as I’m in this position.”
Recently groups within the country have even been writing to authorities demanding that full body waxing for women, specifically waxing of their private parts, be banned.