The US Army recently released a statement informing the public about its new policy for the way women are allowed to style their hair.
The illustration indicates that twists, multiple braids, and headbands are not allowed. This can definitely be a problem for black women who wear their hear in braids and twists while enrolled in the military. During assignments soldiers are often sent away to remote locations for extended periods of time. Many black women opt for protective styles (braids, twists, weaves, etc) while they are away from home.
Others are standing behind the army's decision, explaining that the military is a conservative organization that does not make room for trendy, attention-grabbing hairstyles that black women often bring into the environment. Many believe that the hairstyles are a violation of the professionalism that they are expected to maintain.
In addition to these banned hairstyles, the Army also banned body piercings, long sideburns, mohawks, and tattoos that are visible while wearing a uniform.
What do you think of this new policy? Will it stick, or will the public protest enough to have the Army reconsider?