Hair Is an Art Form for Men in Cuba

This story is part of a weeklong Yahoo series marking one year since the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba.

HAVANA — Under Fidel Castro, barber shops and beauty salons were state-owned and state-run. For the most part, a men’s haircut was just that — a cut. There was no shampooing and no styling.

However, in 2010, two years after Fidel’s brother, Raúl, became president, many small salons were handed over to their employees — essentially privatized.

This quietly implemented, small economic change might be the reason behind the evolving hairstyles worn by men in Havana. When you walk down the streets today, you’ll see guys with carefully sculptured Mohawks, pompadours, fades, and highlights. With more salon services available, the younger generation in particular is taking full advantage of their grooming options.

As Cuban society slowly opens up to outside influence, the sky is the limit — for their creativity and the height of their hair.

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