Yay! Army Eases Restrictions

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I jusr read where the army has eased its haor restrictions. Twists are allowed and wider cornrows. I give the higher ups credit for a more fair sensible policy while still not sacrificing the mission.

Pentagon reverses black hairstyle restrictions - The Washington Post


and you have got to watch this Daily Show clip

Operation Black Hair - The Daily Show - Video Clip | Comedy Central
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I'm glad the regulation will be changed so I can wear twists again. Braids do not work for me, since they take twice as much time and are higher maintenance because my hair frizzes anyway. I have too much hair to use extensions, too.

I am disappointed with some of the bloggers and reporters though. I would have liked to have seen actual photos of actual soldiers with twists in their head so they would be less threatening to those who do not understand different hair types. Many of the stories had stock photos of soldiers with regular relaxed bobs. Worse, it didn't help to see this photo over and over of a "sergeant" with a nose ring wearing civilian clothes showing off her twists. I'm talking about the one who transitioned out of the National Guard and now she can wear her hair how she wants.

I wanted to see a sergeant in uniform to standard, showing that the twists could be worn without interfering with her being a Soldier. All that picture showed was that she was trying to be cute (whether she was or was not, that is how people can perceive it), which is what many people think we complained about the regs for. A lot of people assume that it is about vanity, so of course I think the civilian clothes photo was the wrong way to go. She should have had a picture of her wearing a helmet or a patrol cap and the twists fitting in just fine (in my opinion)...
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I am disappointed with some of the bloggers and reporters though. I would have liked to have seen actual photos of actual soldiers with twists in their head so they would be less threatening to those who do not understand different hair types. Many of the stories had stock photos of soldiers with regular relaxed bobs. Worse, it didn't help to see this photo over and over of a "sergeant" with a nose ring wearing civilian clothes showing off her twists. I'm talking about the one who transitioned out of the National Guard and now she can wear her hair how she wants.

I wanted to see a sergeant in uniform to standard, showing that the twists could be worn without interfering with her being a Soldier. All that picture showed was that she was trying to be cute (whether she was or was not, that is how people can perceive it), which is what many people think we complained about the regs for. A lot of people assume that it is about vanity, so of course I think the civilian clothes photo was the wrong way to go. She should have had a picture of her wearing a helmet or a patrol cap and the twists fitting in just fine (in my opinion)...
Originally Posted by Wumi

I completely agree!
I jusr read where the army has eased its haor restrictions. Twists are allowed and wider cornrows. I give the higher ups credit for a more fair sensible policy while still not sacrificing the mission.

Pentagon reverses black hairstyle restrictions - The Washington Post


and you have got to watch this Daily Show clip

Operation Black Hair - The Daily Show - Video Clip | Comedy Central
Originally Posted by adthomas
The Stewart clip was genius. So glad to hear this news! It was so so so stupid, and so obvious no one bothered to research what was efficient, healthy AND acceptable with their guidelines. Makes you wonder.
I'm glad the regulation will be changed so I can wear twists again. Braids do not work for me, since they take twice as much time and are higher maintenance because my hair frizzes anyway. I have too much hair to use extensions, too.

I am disappointed with some of the bloggers and reporters though. I would have liked to have seen actual photos of actual soldiers with twists in their head so they would be less threatening to those who do not understand different hair types. Many of the stories had stock photos of soldiers with regular relaxed bobs. Worse, it didn't help to see this photo over and over of a "sergeant" with a nose ring wearing civilian clothes showing off her twists. I'm talking about the one who transitioned out of the National Guard and now she can wear her hair how she wants.

I wanted to see a sergeant in uniform to standard, showing that the twists could be worn without interfering with her being a Soldier. All that picture showed was that she was trying to be cute (whether she was or was not, that is how people can perceive it), which is what many people think we complained about the regs for. A lot of people assume that it is about vanity, so of course I think the civilian clothes photo was the wrong way to go. She should have had a picture of her wearing a helmet or a patrol cap and the twists fitting in just fine (in my opinion)...
Originally Posted by Wumi
It's not like you can't find out about it in about 15 minutes just on this site, youtube or any dedicated blog. Zero effort it seems. So glad they have relented in the face of criticism.
I'm glad the regulation will be changed so I can wear twists again. Braids do not work for me, since they take twice as much time and are higher maintenance because my hair frizzes anyway. I have too much hair to use extensions, too.

I am disappointed with some of the bloggers and reporters though. I would have liked to have seen actual photos of actual soldiers with twists in their head so they would be less threatening to those who do not understand different hair types. Many of the stories had stock photos of soldiers with regular relaxed bobs. Worse, it didn't help to see this photo over and over of a "sergeant" with a nose ring wearing civilian clothes showing off her twists. I'm talking about the one who transitioned out of the National Guard and now she can wear her hair how she wants.

I wanted to see a sergeant in uniform to standard, showing that the twists could be worn without interfering with her being a Soldier. All that picture showed was that she was trying to be cute (whether she was or was not, that is how people can perceive it), which is what many people think we complained about the regs for. A lot of people assume that it is about vanity, so of course I think the civilian clothes photo was the wrong way to go. She should have had a picture of her wearing a helmet or a patrol cap and the twists fitting in just fine (in my opinion)...
Originally Posted by Wumi
I remember reading a lot of ignorant comments on articles saying the women were vain, black people cry racism too much, they knew what they signed up for ect. I don't understand why anyone can't see banning a style like twists hurts the mission not helps it. It takes a lot for me to get a hat on my loose hair. In twists it's easy. Individual braids are time consuming. They can take hours. And your hair needs to be dry when you do it so after washing add the time of blowdrying and some people press. Twisting is optional whether you blow dry and I don't. I can cowash and twist my whole head in an hour. Twist are super easy to take down. like 5 seconds each. Braids are harder to take down. So why would they make a soldier do a style that makes her spend more time on her hair then turn around and call her vain?

Actually I love individualtwists. Wear them all the time. I haven't had individual braids since college. love the look but I have no patience.
"A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all." - Clive Davis
This is great news! I'm surprised they actually listened.

@adthomas True. I couldn't imagine trying to get all my loose hair under a hat; wouldn't happen.

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