Apparently so. But honestly, why? 

Its a little strange to think that they would ban something so trivial. But obviously they don’t understand African American hair. 

Dreadlocks is a staple for us. We NEED IT! The same way whites need a tan, we need our natural hairstyles. I’m not saying y’all need a tan, but its clear that some are pretty obsessive with it, and so are we with our cornrows and braids and plaits. Its crucial for us. 

The question. Why can’t you just straighten your hair? 

My answer is HOW? WITH WHAT? 

WE can’t just straighten our hair out of thin air. We need either chemicals or extreme heat. And if we don’t have access to that, at least we can stretch our hair by keeping it in twists or braids. But when you take those options away, you destroy the beauty of our locks. Most of us don’t have Fine hair. 

The picture above, This is my head and the actual texture of my hair. Straighten this how? 

My options are a chemical perm, a hot comb or other heated device. And all three of those have the potential to damage my natural hair. 

I shouldn’t feel compelled to change a natural process. The hair grows out of my scalp that way. And if it is to be modified, it should be a personal choice. I shouldn’t feel forced to perm my hair in order to fit in with your rules. 

In the workplace, black women are challenged with their hair everyday. People don’t understand it. We are constantly stared at because our hair is supposedly “distracting”. Are there styles that women in general wear that are not professional? Of course. But just being told that your hair is an issue because its different isn’t fair at all. 

I’m glad that the US military finally lifted this ban on dreadlocks.