'Hair As Identity' Blogger Talks Army's Ban On Popular Black Styles

May 14, 2014

If you serve in the military, you know the drill: check your individuality at the door. But some soldiers are pushing back on the U.S. Army’s new regulations on personal grooming. African-American service women say the new regulations are biased because they ban popular hairstyles, like larger braids and twists, that work well with their hair texture.

Members of The National Association of Black Military Women want the Army to reconsider the regulations, and the Department of Defense has agreed to a full review. Still, the hair ban has raised a sensitive issue among African-American women.


  • Tina Opie is a Babson College professor who writes for the Hair As Identity blog. 

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