Navy sets new hair regulations for servicewomen

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — You might soon see servicewomen in the Navy sporting some new hairstyles.

The Navy is now letting them wear their hair differently. 

The announcement came through the CNO and CNP all-hands call Facebook Live on Wednesday.

According to the AP, loc hairstyles, or ropelike strands, are now allowed.

Women can also wear wider hair buns and ponytails while in uniform too.

In addition, Navy officials say they can wear their hair down when they’re in their dinner dress uniform. 

Robert Caroll, head of the Navy Uniform Matters Office, says the new regulations are more inclusive. 

“That policy change allowed them to wear a hairstyle that is authorized, that is considered professional in appearance at minimum cost and expense, so in that manner and that way, it’s inclusive,” Caroll told 10 On Your Side. 

The AP says the working group that recommended the changes told the Navy that adding grooming options would eliminate a distraction and be more inclusive of different hair textures.
They say it also allows women to keep their hair natural instead of processing it chemically.

The Navy says the old standards were in place because of safety concerns and to ensure everyone maintained a uniform, professional look.     

Caroll says they are always looking to improve regulations. 

“We as a service, we periodically and almost constantly review all policies regarding grooming, uniforms, how uniforms are worn,” he explained. 

 Although the new rules allow ponytails, there will be some exceptions when working around heavy machinery, according to the AP.

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