Great news for women in the military—your locs, twists, and braids are now included in the list of authorized hairstyles. Earlier this week, the United States Marine Corps announced that lock and twist styles had been approved in uniform following a year-long review of hair policies
"These changes were made to provide additional options to our female Marines that are professional in appearance, easier for some of our female Marines to maintain in an expeditionary environment, and less costly and time consuming to maintain than some currently approved options," Col. Christian F. Wortman, president of the Marine Corps Uniform Board, said in a statement.
This is huge for those who wear those protective styles, as the previous list had been pretty restrictive and left very few options for women with natural hair. Each of the entwined hairstyles accepted by the military should be no more than three-eighths of an inch apart so as to not interfere with any headgear, and if your hair falls below the edge of your collar, the same rules of anchoring it into a low bun still apply. Head over to the U.S. Marines Corps website to read the release in full, and to watch their handy video outlining the regulations.