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Gary R. Bunt

Hair-raising hipsters of Baghdad

Guardian, The hair-raising hipsters of Baghdad – in pictures

"You see these gravity-defying quiffs everywhere in Iraq’s capital: on reception staff in the secure hotels, on waiters in cafes and on the youths who gather in Zawra amusement park on Friday afternoons. Often teamed with drainpipe trousers and a fitted jacket, the flashy, ostentatious haircut requires care. It says something of the city’s new confidence: a rejection of the long years of sanctions and war." There's clearly no shortage of gel in Baghdad. The photos are excellent - and also show social media/internet impact.

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