WATCH: The wild and outlandish hairstyles on the streets of Havana, Cuba

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The Cuban people, long isolated from the rest of the global community, are a people who have been forced to innovate, get creative and improvise out of sheer necessity. 

This manifests itself in a myriad of weird and wonderful ways, from lawnmower engine powered motorised bicycles, windowsills filled with organic produce to barbershops and salons operating out of what would elsewhere be a living room.

SEE: Trump's tough new policy doesn't stop tourism boom in Cuba

On the streets of Havana, you are likely to see some of the wildest hairdos on the Cuban men. The living room based salon seen in the video is a finely, oiled machine and for the equivalent of R30, you can look like anyone on their poster - or even a combination of a few hairstyles on the poster above you.  

The most popular styles have names like the Magua; the Tiburón; the Bistec; the Moñito; the Dominicano; the Machimbrao, the Mohicano and the list goes on and on.

The system operates on a rotation system where clients sit and move through the process in an anti-clockwise direction that goes from getting their hair washed, then getting their hair cut, then styled and finally straightened and hair gel is added ending the rotation.

It seems that much of the inspiration for these hairstyles come from pop culture with some seriously outlandish hairstyles from the 80's. These crazy hairstyles give an insight to the multifaceted existence of the Cuban people that is much more than just Castro and Mojitos. This is the Cuba of today. 

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The barbershops and salons are also social spaces, you don't even need to get your hair done - if you want to just hang out you can.

It just goes to show you that no matter how isolated your country is the young people will always find a way to express themselves. Cuba can definitely be said to be on the forefront of wild hairstyles. 

What you need to know if you go:

Visa: South Africans require a visa to visit Cuba - click here to apply

Currency: Cuban Peso

Peak Season:  Mid-December to mid-March, and all of July and August.

Airport hub: Cuba has 10 international airports. The largest is Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí in Havana.  

Time zone: South Africa is 6 hours ahead of Cuba. 

Language: Spanish

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