Taiwan’s Tight Restrictions Lead To A Perfect Bob


After weeks and weeks of whinging to myself over my totally out of style hair, I decided to get a bob cut again. Ironically, the Bob, which I have been told by many is the hairstyle that suits me best, was somehow – for a long time – the hairstyle I most tried to avoid…

Having being a high school student in Taiwan in the ’80s; like everyone else, I had to obey the school’s restrictions on hairstyles and follow the dress code. According to hair-regulation criteria which was first introduced in 1969 by the Ministry of Education (MOE), secondary-school boys were required to sport crew cuts, there had to be no hair on their temples or strange hairstyles. Girls’ hair, had to be ear-length; not dyed; no perms; nor layering.
Although years later, the control of hair in Taiwan’s schools was finally lifted. The painful memories of loosing my individuality and freedom remain. And of course, as soon as I left school, the first thing I did – like many Taiwanese girls – was to grow my hair out as long as I could.

Vowing never to have ear-length hair again, for years even decades, I never broke that promise to myself. My latest bob cut in July was my freshest re-visit to the outdated, ‘student length hairstyle’. I guess that since it’s layered, it’s definitely more stylish than my ‘watermelon head’ from my old school days.
And I must admit, I am growing to love a perfect Bob!!

Photography by Kent Johnson.


  1. Love the perfect bob too. Was growing out my hair to have one and lasted four weeks as my usual style got too unruly. So now no bob. Glad yours looks so beautiful.

    1. Thank you Sue. A blow dry from my hairdresser makes all the differences! X

      1. Why is it that hairdressers make our hair look so gorgeous but when I try it the result is just decent but not glamorous.

  2. You look super chic in this new look! 🙂

    1. I’m flattered. Thank you! 💋

  3. Fabulous!
    I like your long hair, too.
    We all must be getting bold, I went for a short ( not quite a pixie) cut. My post tomorrow is about it….its been about 25 years since my last short haircut – at that time I was living in a weird part of the World, so I would go to a Men’s barber – they cut short hair best!

    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback!
      Well, now you mention it, I think I must try a haircut (perhaps a pixie) by the men’s barber someday!
      “Living in a weird part of the world”?!!! That sounds interesting! Have you written any article about that? X

      1. I think it depends upon people’s definition of weird….it comes a little too close to telling my past personal life, so I haven’t really mentioned it.
        Someday, I will write another blog and offer all pieces of me – not just some pieces. 🙂

  4. Well Viv, it looks perfect, and maybe you’re loving it now cause this time it was your choice 🙂


    1. That’s true, good point Daniela! 🙂 Thanks for your compliment! X

  5. You look gorgeous! What a strict rule for school, glad you got over it though! 🙂

    1. Thank you Lauren. 🙂 Yes I’m glad that I survived from that strict era! X

  6. Chic & Sophisticated! Loved this post!

    1. Thank you Tamira. Much appreciated. X

  7. What a lovely bob! It totally suits you. Funnily enough, I feel the same about fringes aka bangs. My mum made me have them for years but actually I’ve been wondering if that is a style I should entertain again…

    1. You’d look great with a fringe Jessica. I love the fringe look, it’s youthful and I think it frames our faces better… In fact, I’m going to see my hairdresser pretty soon to have a total change of my hairstyle! Stay tuned… 😉

      1. Thank you! I’m warming to the idea… Can’t wait to see your total change!

  8. Restrictions on hairstyle? Yikes! Though I agree that the bob really suits you. Happy new year Viv!

    1. Happy New Year Sanne. Thank you for your feedback! X

  9. What a beautiful picture! It is sometimes unbelieveable what kind of restriction they are and have been around this globe of ours…
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

    1. Yes indeed Rosa. Thank you for your compliments and feedback! X

  10. You look great with your new hairstyle! Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you! Happy 2017 to you too!! X

  11. Gregory McBean · · Reply

    Your bob is the go! Stylish and elegant in equal measure; another lovely image by Mr Kent Johnson too.

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliments Greg. I’ve been feeling the itch to tell this story each time I look into the mirror since my bob haircut, and I’m glad I did. X

  12. I actually quite love it! I was looking at old photos of myself and kinda miss my shoulder-length hair….the long hair is getting too much to manage lol

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    1. Isn’t it what they always say Clarissa: “A change is as good as a holiday.” 😉

  13. You have an amazing style so classy and elegant! And I absolutly love your hair – I actually envy your hair ❤

    1. Awww.., your sweet compliments have made my day Renia. 💖 Well I envy your curly hair and in fact on Monday, I went to my hairdresser and got my straight hair permed!! 👌

      1. Curls can be so difficult sometimes! One day you wake up and your hair looks great next day it does not curl they way it should haha… I would say my hair are moody! I always wanted to have straight hair.. my big dream haha!
        I need to see how you permed your hair… I’m super curious! 💖❤️

  14. You are so beautiful Vivienne

    1. Merci~ 😘 You are so sweet Claire!

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