Joining the military in 2011 was one of the craziest, yet greatest, things I’ve done thus far. As you can imagine there are a lot of rules and regulations, as with any organization. But one regulation in particular just drives me up a wall!
Now I completely understand these standards are in place to keep a certain appearance while in uniform, but it is very hard to manipulate my natural hair to stay tucked inside of this box “they” created.
If I wear a bun, my bun can not be bigger than 2″.
Trust me, they pull out rulers and check, lol!
This makes it hard to get braids as a protective style, as my hair is thick so my bun gets pretty big. Braids are typically my go-to style while in uniform. We do a lot of running, sweating, and training and braids make it easier to maintain the health of my hair.
Wearing my own hair in a bun is a option I sometimes choose, but the amount of gel I have to slap on my hair to slick it down is ridiculous. Now imagine having to slap gel in your hair at least 3-4 times a week!
Anything not flat against your head ( or that isn’t really close to the scalp) is a no-go.
No dying hair any “unnatural color,” no highlights, and nothing falling over the eyebrows or below the collar.
Nothing! Just a flat, against you head, boring hairstyle!