In this undated photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a consultative meeting with officials in the fields of state security and foreign affairs at undisclosed location in North Korea. Kim convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

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North Korea is already known as one of the most repressive regimes on Earth. But Pyongyang’s censors have gone one step further - with a list of state-approved haircuts.

Women have been given 18 styles to choose from, but all are staid and old-fashioned. Men are even more restricted, with a choice of ten styles, ranging from short-back-and-sides to very-short-back-and-sides. Quiffs and spikes are prohibited and men’s hair must be less than 2in long and cut every 15 days.

It is thought the lists were introduced after the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, expressed a distaste for modern hairstyles.

He favours a centre parting and shaved sides - banned under the new rules. - Daily Mail