Twists, dreadlocks (locs), Afros and braids seem to be the target of discrimination once again. We saw a similar list of ban or unauthorized hairstyles by an elementary school last year which labeled these styles largely wore by natural African American woman as fadish. This time the ban is from the US Army.
As a woman with natural hair, I’m starting to take this personally. Many of these styles are key to the maintenance of our naturally textured and fragile hair. But you can read the details of this unofficial suggestion of changes to the Army’s Grooming Guidelines below:
Army Regulation 670-1 has not been published or made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that was leaked on March 20. Among the grooming regulations are updated restrictions on how women soldiers can wear their hair. An example from the Army’s PowerPoint is shown below:
Within and outside of the Army, women of color have been calling the guidelines racially biased. A White House petition has amassed more than 3,000 signatures to date requesting that the Army reconsider.