“No Dreadlocks, Cornrolls, Twists, Braids” – Kentucky School Bans Natural Hair

Here we go again. Yet another ban against natural hair. “I can’t believe this is happening in 2016”, a phrase kept on reel in my mind lately. “No dreadlocks, cornrolls, twists, braids” permitted at Butler Traditional High School in Kentucky, written in plain sight for everyone to see ignorance spelled out. I don’t know what’s more offensive, the policy or the fact that they misspelled “cornrows”. And get this, no Afros beyond two inches.

Source: https://twitter.com/atticascott

Source: https://twitter.com/atticascott

Kentucky State Representative, Attica Scott took to the virtual streets of Twitter with a loud speaker to put her daughter’s school on blast. It happened to be a new hair policy that reinforces the stigma that black natural hair is unacceptable. Message heard.

Teenagers have enough insecurities as it is, this policy would only force them to internalize ugliness and possible self-hatred. And what’s the point? Why would a school reject natural hair, especially the Afro; a style that grows naturally from the scalp of a Black person’s head?

I want to know the idiot assigned to hair police duty. Like, how are they to measure the Afro if it stretches beyond 2 inches. Are they  performing length checks with a ruler at the entrance of the school doors? And why is a 2-inch Afro accepted over say, a 10-inch Afro? What overzealous administrator came up with that arbitrary number?

Miss me with argument that the rule applies to ALL students regardless of race and not targeted to individuals of the Black culture, the originators of dreadlocks and cornrows.

So what is it about natural hair that is unacceptable? I don’t know and cannot for the life of me, summon a logical answer without rolling my eyes. However, there’s a long history of people saying foolishness to justify the inhibition of Black hairstyles in the workplace, school yard etc.

It’s been said that Black hair is unprofessional, extreme, undesirable and downright ugly. Some argue that it limits your level of success. Well, to bust that myth, Scott is a prime example of a successful professional woman, having become the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Legislature in 20 years. And get this, she wears neat dreadlocks.


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About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

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Comments

  1. Lisa Berry

    Well then no mullets, mohawks, bowl haircuts or rat tails shouldn’t be aloud either. Such Bull S**t once again they’re trying to control us . NOT

    1. MsJazz Anglin

      That’s what they want us to do segregate ourselves from other races. So when Black folks try to pull the racist card who removed themselves and built blk schools for blk children… Blk ppl

  2. Princess Kuevor

    Black people are not the only ones who get braids or twists. It’s obviously ridiculous all the way around.

  3. DA White

    Well at least our hair dsnt hv lice problems..should be thankful for our contribution for lice repellent hair.

    1. DA White

      Thts the first ive heard…ever and lice wouldn’t survive long and I hear what all the heat process and product we use, but ok.

    2. Stephanie Mathis

      Actually black people can get lice. It’s a misconception most black people have but yes black people can get lice. It may not be as severe as white people but yes it can happen.

    3. Valerie Johnson

      It depends…if you have straight from Africa hair…no…mixed race type hair or less African it’s possible…never had any notes home about lice nor have ever heard about any black person in my 52 years having lice.

    4. DA White

      Valerie Johnson I agree…I’ve nvr heard of anyone personally nor any cases in my 54yrs on this earth..but obviously it’s possible.

    5. Valerie Johnson

      Supposedly it’s because lice are adapted to infest non African hair…some say it’s possible but I have not heard of one case personally.

    1. Triianne Pearson

      After parents and some administrators raised hell they completely got rid of the ban on braids, locks, and twists. They said girls can only wear headbands (as opposed to bandanas), guys can not have hair more than three inches long, and they cannot have unnatural hair colors. I guess if a guy has long dreads he will have to cut them, but other than that, they are permitted per the new policy. I was surprised they made the change since they are a “traditional” school- and they are not beholden to the local school district and can make their own rules. People got fired up and demanded change.

  4. Valerie Vallion

    Below it States about hair color. Only natural, no two tone or severe contrast. That is a contradicting statement. But if it is enforced, no one should be attending which includes administration, teachers and students.

  5. Shekera Sapp

    Then this should apply to everyone because all people wear the same hairstyles this is laughable

  6. Meya's Styles

    Listen school is,supposed to be for learning…who cares show up, learn, go home..glad my baby will be home schooled

  7. Reina McKenzie

    Smdh I’ve never worn my hair in corn ROLLS, only cornROWS. Try to come at me talking about some corn ROLLS and I will be all to quick to say that the policy states nothing about me wearing cornROWS, so move along

  8. Jenelle Nicole Bates

    Tiffani Whitsett that’s just racism showing its ugly face once again who the hell wants to live in Kentucky any damn way. I wonder if the same rules apply to the Gothic kids who like everything black. This is just some bull,how about hair color, what about that because we all see a lot of white kids with dramatic color in their hair, as well as other races. Oh yeah I bet that will be freedom of expressing them selves so they can miss me with it. basically your telling people to chemical treat their child’s hair or cut or they can’t attend your school#FOH

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