Like US Army ban on twist and canerows, my natural hair makes my helmet’s too tight.

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6 thoughts on “Like US Army ban on twist and canerows, my natural hair makes my helmet’s too tight.

  1. I always said the same thing about girls with Afro hair being forced to swim at secondary schools usually resulting in a large amount of hair loss caused by chlorine whilst Islamic girls were excused for their faith/religion/culture but surely a persons NATURAL hair texture & state is far more important as it is unavoidable, not chosen, but an organic state of being. Why do we as black women (& our men) always slow our issues to be sidelined or negated by our Asian counterpart without resistance?

    • On swimming days I use to have my hair in plaits. But I recall one occasion where I had my hair in a ponytail which came loose during the swim and my teacher attempted to plait my hair without a comb and without any partings. She did her best (bless!), but I looked a right mess, I had what looked like twigs sticking up from my head in all different directions. Thanks Mrs Woodward, I’m still feeling the love.

  2. Kudos to Ms. Jacobs who led the efforts to get over 16,000 signatures on the petition. The 670-1 Army regulation is unrealistic for women who wear their hair in its natural state. Let’s hope the Army revisits this regulation and allow our military sisters more flexibility with their hairstyles

    • Hi Dionne – Yes I think and hope in the not to distant future as more and more women wear their hair natural the Army will come to understand, that natural hair is not a style it’s the norm.

  3. I really cannot see what all the fuss is about. Sorry, I know my answer will be unpopular. The military is not a fashion show and not known for flexible ‘laxness’. Having your hair in narrow cornrows, narrow plaits or pulled back in an elastic band, or simply short (not more than 2 inches away from the head) is flexible enough. Many strict schools will have rules more strict than this. I had thought that the fuss was over wording that said “no Afros” – obviously referring to no voluminous flamboyant hairstyles – being confused with no Afro frizzy textured hair.

    I am of Afro-Caribbean descent and I think the rules are fine! Helmets will fit if hair is pulled back into an elastic band or put into small cornrows and then tied back. I have 1 year of hair growth since my big chop and I can get it into two cornrows which fit under a hat. If I leave it ‘as is’ it will be a fairly flamboyant Afro – not the type of thing associated with a strict disciplined profession where you can kill people or be killed yourself! Lighten up, ladies, there are bigger battles to fight.

    Love your hair, BTW, especially on the first picture above.

    • Hi Sunny – I’m glad that there was a fuss, because the USA has serious issues that need to ‘relaxed’ out with regards to ethnic minorities. If the authorities understood more about ‘our’ hair then their decisions would reflect this. But they didn’t before, but after the outrage they were forced to learn 🙂

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