U.S. Navy Hair Regulations females
Navy Hair Regulations See Expansion For Females (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

There are new hair regulations in place for the U.S. Navy that should make things a little easier for women.

According to Navy Times:

In addition to adding two-strand braids, a popular choice for black women, female sailors with longer hair will now have an easier time getting their buns within regulations, according to a NAVADMIN 271 released Monday.

The change comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a DoD-wide review of service hair regulations in April, after new Army policy banned some popular hairstyles for women, causing backlash beyond the military.

After Hagel’s review the Navy decided to authorize two-strand twists — or two-strand braids — as well as multiple hanging braids, which were previously required to be worn in a bun.

“What we were asked to do was make some of the information more clear, open the aperture with regards to hairstyles that are still neat and professional looking, and accommodate some of those hairstyles for those that have longer hair,” Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW) April Beldo told Navy Times Tuesday.

To read more on the new rules, please visit NavyTimes.com.

Read up on the entire log of personal appearance grooming standards on the Navy’s public website.

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