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Being Natural In The Military

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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!

Hair standards!

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!

Rant Over!

 

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