My beautifully padded natural hair means my motorbike helmet is now too tight.
My helmet that was at least two and a half years old was stolen, but I thought no problem, I’ve got my old one in my cellar. But the joy was short lived.
The last time I wore this helmet my hair was relaxed and very close to my head.
When I attempted to put the helmet on with my standard everyday hair style like the one above, it was a different matter. The helmet due to the padding effect of my natural hair did not fit comfortably, it felt a little too tight.
This led me to think about story that has been making recent headlines: The Army Bans some Natural Hairstyles!
New United States Army regulations 670-1 does not allow twists or multiple braids that are bigger than a quarter of an inch in diameter. Dreadlocks also continue to be banned. The regulations also has rulings on tattoos and general grooming.
But as you know twists in particular are the natural girls most popular go to hairstyle, therefore you will not be surprised to learn that there are accusations of racism and has even prompted a White House petition calling on the Army to reconsider their ban.
One of the reasons sited by the army for the ban on canerows and twist etc. is because of the ability for a headgear to fit adequately.
Lets face afro hair is padded, depending on the length and at times texture of our hair there is very little we can naturally do about it.
The National Health Service in the UK is now ordering specially made bigger equipment for larger people, and why not , we all pay taxes. Surely society needs to adapt to naturally occurring differences, rather than the other way around?
Read the full story here. to find out more about the US Army’s rule on grooming