Just when you think your voice cannot change things, it is proven once again that if you scream loud enough the right person might just hear what you have to say.
Remember last year and early this year when we talked about how hard it was for women of color serving our country in various capacities to wear their hair in certain styles.
We had quite a discussion about it and it became a pretty big deal for us civilians especially who wanted our sisters serving the country to have as many options as they could on how they wore their hair while maintaining the uniform as required by the rules.
It seems as if the discussion we had as a collective helped people to start to take a second look at policy because as of December 14th, 2015 the U.S. Marine corps now allows what they call “entwined” hair styles.
This means styles like, braids twists and locs are allowed which is much different from previous years. According to Colonel Christian F. Wortman the changes were done to give women more options.
“These changes were made to provide additional options to our female Marines that are professional in appearance, easier for some of our female Marines to maintain in an expeditionary environment, and less costly and time consuming to maintain than some currently approved options.”
There are still rules to follow even with the new regulations, and these rules are very specific:
Lock and twist hairstyles are authorized as long as they are neat and maintain a professional military image. The hairstyles must be secured with no hair exceeding the bottom edge of the collar and not have bulk, other than the bun, exceeding two inches from the scalp. Hairstyles must not interfere with the wear of covers.
Watch the Marine core hair regulation video below: