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The Military has long changed to accept women in combat and in leadership roles, but how they where their hair is a huge issue when it comes to women in uniform. The acceptable hairstyle is a natural color, but most importantly must be “neat, clean, and NOT locked”. It kind of sounds like their hair should be like Men’s hair, but it’s not quite the case. The Army Guide states that many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat and conservative. But it also says it is not possible to address every acceptable hairstyle, or what constitutes eccentric or conservative grooming.

For Women, the guidelines state that their hair cannot be excessively bulky or long and locs are not acceptable among any soldier. So what if you are natural and want to go to the Military? There is a way! 

While natural hair is often “bulky” it is acceptable if it can be placed in cornrows or flat twists into a bun. If the hair is longer, it must be able to fit under a helmet and placed in low bun or chignon to be acceptable for service. Hair weaves and wigs can be worn as long as they don’t have long bangs, have an unnatural color or is cut into asymmetrical designs. 

There is often a lot of conversation about attending certain schools, gaining employment with certain companies or entering the Military and having natural hair, commonly “dreadlocks”. But it is important for people to pay attention to dress codes and standards of attire for these places to avoid disappointment or rejection. 

READ THE ARMY’S NEW BAN ON NATURAL HAIRSTYLES HERE!! 

This post from the blog Natural Beauty 1 Stop journals a Woman’s experience with natural hair. It’s a great read and offers good advice, tips and styling options for Military Women! Here is another blog about natural hair in the military. 

Here is a great video from Apples And Mustard on Youtube !