- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2013

North Korean women are being encouraged to do their part in representing the state by choosing from one of the eighteen hairdos the Communist government has officially sanctioned.

The eighteen hairstyles to choose from — displayed on the wall of a salon in the capital of Pyongyang — appear to be more like three, as mostly all of them look exactly the same. The bizarre campaign is aimed at stomping out Western influences, The Daily Mail reports.

The Mail reports that women in traditional Korean dress tend to wear their hair startight, while those in more Western wear can add a curl or a flip. Married women typically wear their hair short, while unmarried women’s coiffes tend to go longer.

Men only get ten hairstyles to choose from, which appear to be more like one, the only difference being about an inch in length.

Back in 2005, North Korean state TV launched a five part series entitled “Let us trim our hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle.”

The TV show sent out teams with hidden cameras to catch “rebel” citizens who were breaking the North Korean strict hairstyle code, The Mail reports.