The regulations, which were also given to several barbers in Kabul, signal a return to the stricter rules that the Taliban applied at the beginning of the millennium when it ruled in Afghanistan.
“No one has a right to complain. The warriors come and order us to stop cutting our beards. One of them told me that they could send someone in secret to catch me in the act, “said one of the barbers in Kabul.
Others said they had received a phone call from a man who introduced himself as a government official and told them to stop following American styles. From 1996 to 2001, when the movement was in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban banned all “flashy” hairstyles and forced men to grow beards.
He hangs the razor and scissors on a nail
Some barbers in Afghanistan are considering not offering services because of the new rules. “For years, young people went to my salon to get a shave and a haircut, to keep up with the times. Now it doesn’t make sense for me to continue in this business, “one of them told the BBC.
“Fashion salons and barbershops are starting to be banned businesses. I have been doing this work for fifteen years and I don’t think I will be able to continue it, “said another.