As of December 14, 2015, the U.S. Marine corps allows “entwined” hair styles. Braids, twists and locs are considered entwined styles and were previously met with much resistance by existing Army uniform regulations. The hairstlying policy went under review in 2014.
Colonel Christian F. Wortman states these newly implemented changes are necessary to provide options for women in the Marine corps:
“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.”
Though, locs, twists and braids have been approved, the styles must still adhere to uniform standards. According to the Marines website:
Lock and twist hairstyles are authorized as long as they are neat and maintain a professional military image. The hairstyles must be secured with no hair exceeding the bottom edge of the collar and not have bulk, other than the bun, exceeding two inches from the scalp. Hairstyles must not interfere with the wear of covers.
Watch the Marine core hair regulation video below:
What are your thoughts on the Marine core’s new hair styling standards?