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  • Yet another question about hair...

    Just *how* perfect must your hair be in order to conform to standards?

    I'm half African-American and got blessed with that really big, springy, perfect for 70's disco, afro-tastic hair. I really don't want to get it cut short, as everybody says I look like a man when I cut it short (It's so frizzy, a feminine pixie cut is out of the question). I am able to get it into a bun fairly easily, but tiny pieces do stick out as it is just that curly. I also have to use quite a few hair clips as chunks of it will just not grow as long as the rest (And bobby pins don't work- I'd literally have to use over 200).

    So basically what I'm asking is- What do people with my kind of hair do? And how strict are they about hair- do they allow the wearing of non-conspicuous hair clips at Basic, or should I just chop it all off and get grief from the Drill Sgts. for looking more like GI Joe than GI Jane?

    Thanks all.

  • #2
    Re: Yet another question about hair...

    Micro Braids are authorized.

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    • #3
      Re: Yet another question about hair...

      Clipper #1 all over....you'll be good, it'll grow back.

      You'll pay for a cut at basic, they'll 'help you' decide on an appropriate style and length...

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      • #4
        Re: Yet another question about hair...

        Micro braids, hmm...

        Get my hair cut at Basic? 0.o Might as well just grab the dog clippers out of the drawer and attach the 5mm blade... XD

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        • #5
          Re: Yet another question about hair...

          Males cannot have braids of any kind.

          Google AR 670-1

          Male Hair Standards

          Male haircuts will conform to certain standards. The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance. A tapered appearance is one where the outline of the soldier's hair conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the neck. The hair will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as the tapered look is maintained.

          In all cases, the bulk or length of hair may not interfere with the normal wear of headgear, protective masks, or equipment. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted, individual parts of hair) while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair that is clipped closely or shaved to the scalp is authorized.

          Males will keep sideburns neatly trimmed. Sideburns may not be flared; the base of the sideburn will be a clean-shaven, horizontal line. Sideburns will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening.

          Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted. If mustaches are worn, they will be neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth. Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for treatment must be specified. For example, "The length of the beard will not exceed ¼ inch." Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth into goatees, or "Fu Manchu" or handlebar mustaches.

          Males are prohibited from wearing wigs or hairpieces while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty, except to cover natural baldness or physical disfiguration caused by accident or medical procedure. When worn, wigs or hairpieces will conform to the standard haircut criteria.

          Female Hair Standards

          Female soldiers will ensure their hair is neatly groomed, that the length and bulk of the hair are not excessive, and that the hair does not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. Likewise, trendy styles that result in shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline) or designs cut into the hair are prohibited. Females may wear braids and cornrows as long as the braided style is conservative, the braids and cornrows lie snugly on the head, and any holding devices comply with the standards. Dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted individual parts of hair) are prohibited in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity or when standing in formation. Long hair that falls naturally below the bottom edge of the collar, to include braids, will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, so no free-hanging hair is visible. This includes styles worn with the improved physical fitness uniform (IPFU).

          Styles that are lopsided or distinctly unbalanced are prohibited. Ponytails, pigtails, or braids that are not secured to the head (allowing hair to hang freely), widely spaced individual hanging locks, and other extreme styles that protrude from the head are prohibited. Extensions, weaves, wigs, and hairpieces are authorized only if these additions have the same general appearance as the individual's natural hair. Additionally, any wigs, extensions, hairpieces, or weaves must comply with grooming policies.

          Females will ensure that hairstyles do not interfere with proper wear of military headgear, protective masks, or equipment at any time. When headgear is worn, the hair will not extend below the bottom edge of the front of the headgear or below the bottom edge of the collar.

          Hair-holding devices may be used only for securing the hair. Soldiers will not place hair-holding devices in the hair for decorative purposes. All hair-holding devices must be plain and of a color as close to the soldier's hair as is possible or clear. Authorized devices include, but are not limited to, small, plain scrunchies (elastic hair bands covered with material), barrettes, combs, pins, clips, rubber bands, and hair bands. Devices that are conspicuous, excessive or decorative are prohibited. Some examples of prohibited devices include, but are not limited to, large, lacy scrunchies; beads, bows, or claw clips; clips, pins, or barrettes with butterflies, flowers, sparkles, gems, or scalloped edges; and bows made from hairpieces.
          Last edited by Chris36; November 19th, 2012, 09:58 AM.

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          • #6
            Re: Yet another question about hair...

            "...All hair-holding devices must be plain and of a color as close to the soldier's hair as is possible or clear. Authorized devices include, but are not limited to, small, plain scrunchies (elastic hair bands covered with material), barrettes, combs, pins, clips, rubber bands, and hair bands..."

            Oh joy- I may not have to completely murder my hairstyle after all...!

            Tango Yankee for the info!

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            • #7
              Re: Yet another question about hair...

              " Males cannot have braids of any kind. I don't believe females either...Google AR 670-1"

              "Females may wear braids and cornrows as long as the braided style is conservative, the braids and cornrows lie snugly on the head, and any holding devices comply with the standards."

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              • #8
                Re: Yet another question about hair...

                Oh, that's good info too.

                If I did that I'd have to find someone to re-braid/cornrow my hair when needed though, since I suck majorly at creating any hairstyle other than a ponytail/bun.
                Think I'll just stick with my clips and rubber bands and pray that my hair stays at least fairly manageable...

                Thanks, everyone!

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                • #9
                  Re: Yet another question about hair...

                  Originally posted by WIskiTango95 View Post
                  Oh, that's good info too.

                  If I did that I'd have to find someone to re-braid/cornrow my hair when needed though, since I suck majorly at creating any hairstyle other than a ponytail/bun.
                  Think I'll just stick with my clips and rubber bands and pray that my hair stays at least fairly manageable...

                  Thanks, everyone!
                  If it doesn't (stay manageable and presentable) it will be efficiently and thoughtfully brought to your attention.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Yet another question about hair...

                    Courtesy of the nearest, biggest, meanest, loudest DS...!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Yet another question about hair...

                      Thanks AIRBORNE

                      I failed to remove my comment after posting the AR....my bad. I couldn't remember....I only went with the sock bun.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Yet another question about hair...

                        To add to this, you may also use gels and the like to help keep your hair in check.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Yet another question about hair...

                          Originally posted by RyCass View Post
                          To add to this, you may also use gels and the like to help keep your hair in check.
                          I was going to bring this up. When I was in basic I had a tough time with my hair. I had never put my hair up in anything buy a ponytail - which wasn't allowed at the time. There was another female that was great at doing french braids and she would do mine for me. The problem I had was my hair was so fine that wisps would fall out on the sides and bottom and this was not allowed. What I ended up doing was when it was wet I would put a ton of gel in it, have it braided, then sprayed it with hairspray. My hair didn't move. Granted, at the end of a few weeks my hair wasn't all that healthy but I didn't have to worry about it. I don't know if it is the case now but when I was in basic we couldn't have clips because they could injury you. We were only allowed bobby pins and thin hair ties (no scrunchies) - both of which had to closely match your hair color.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Yet another question about hair...

                            I recommend a sock bun (they stay all day) or a short haircut, but it depends on the length.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Yet another question about hair...

                              What sort of SHORT female hair cuts are authorized? My hair is thick and gel doesnt always hold it, and i might not be able to go to the PX to buy it as much as i might need it. I was 1-1.5 years senior ROTC so I know that my hair in a sockbun or up as authorized with bobby pins and think hairties.. yea came out a lot. I do not know what opinions are on shorter cuts though. I leave for basic really soon but my AIT will be in Arizona during the summer.. so i am not opposed to cutting it shorter.

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