Iranian police have strictly imposed renewed crackdowns on people who sport Western-style haircuts, wire reports said today.
The new crackdown came after the Iranian police noticed that many young Iranian men have in recent years been adopting the latest fashions in the West, using gels and make ups.
Those targeted are male customers who continue to ignore the Islamic Shariah Law of Iran which prohibits people from having haircuts that are patterned after the Hollywood and other Western celebrities, Reuters said in a report to CNN.
A few days ago, the Iranian police went after women who tried to show off part of their bodies by wearing skimpier clothing due to the advent of the summer season.
The same reports said the government also warned several hairdressers and barbers from offering their services to customers who seek this kind of fashionable haircuts as well as plucking of the eyebrows.
Although many international observers have viewed these crackdowns with mixed feelings, the latest ban on Western-style haircuts is something that many Iranian customers have to take seriously to avoid imprisonment.
Under the Shariah Law of 1979, women are also required to cover their hair and wear long and loose clothes to hide their figures.
Meanwhile, the barbers union in Iran had been warned to follow the accepted regulations to avoid stiff penalties. Those who do not follow the regulations will be closed down and at most, their permits to operate revoked, if found guilty.
Tighter controls on the ways and lifestyles of Iranians have been under close watch since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005. Iranian officials said these Western-style practices are shunned in order to preserve Islamic values.