HARDLINE Iranian style police have ordered a ban on the mullet haircut.
The chop has come in a government crackdown on "decadent Western cuts".
The mullet - short at the front and long at the back - has been outlawed along with ponytails and even some variations of the common spike.
But a new catalogue of approved styles has given the go-ahead to the Elvis-style quiff.
Jaleh Khodaya, who organised a government-approved hairdressing show in Tehran, said: "The proposed styles are inspired by Iranians' complexion, culture and religion, and Islamic law."
Cops regularly arrest men with elaborate hair cuts or the wrong kind of trousers on.
They can be hauled off to a police station where their locks will be quickly shorn into an acceptable shape.
Serial hair offenders risk stiff fines, while barber shops catering to Western fashions are shut.
Dictating public behaviour and enforcing a strict dress code - especially for women - have long been a part of Iranian policy.
Earlier this year, a cleric said women who wear revealing clothes cause natural disasters.
Keeping dogs for pets has also been slammed. One ayatollah said: "There are people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children."
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