Internet mistakes woman's elaborate hairstyle for penis

The unfortunate hairstyle
The unfortunate hairstyle was shared widely on Twitter. Photo credit: Twitter / @robertaarocha

A picture of an elaborate hairstyle has gone viral on social media, but probably not for the reason the hairdresser wanted. 

Twitter user @robertaarocha posted an image of the back of a woman's head, along with the caption 'só da pra ver uma vez', which translates to 'you can only see it once'.

The woman's long pink-tinged hair had been arranged into a number of intricate braids and twists, but it wasn't the craftsmanship that got people talking.

Instead, social media users were quick to point out that the style made the woman's head resemble a human penis. 

"I must be tired because I thought this was the throbbiest of penises," one woman wrote.

"It wasn't until I read your tweet that I realised it wasn't," another replied.

Other Twitter users called the style "ugly" and joked that something must be wrong with their minds because they assumed it was a penis before even considering it could be someone's head. 

One person compared the image to a character from the 2010 film The Last Airbender, who also sported a somewhat phallic-looking hairstyle. 

But some sprang to the defence of whoever created the look.

"Sadly people don't see the artistic beauty in it," one Twitter user said. "Just shows how people focus in certain ways on things. I think the person who did the hair should get kudos for their effort and creativity."