The United States Navy has finally decided to end its ban on locs for women, joining the Marines, Army and Air Force. The naval branch announced the reversal in a live broadcast on its Facebook page.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jacqualynn Leak goes on to say,
“I am not my hair, but in a way, I am. This change is another way for me to represent who I am and feel like the Navy embraces it.”
In an article by Kenya Downs from huffingtonpost.com,
“This week’s decision makes the Navy the last branch of the military to drop grooming regulations that prohibit dreadlocks. The Marines first approved locs for women in 2015, and the Air Force announced late last year that dreadlocks would become an approved hairstyle after a review by its uniform board. The Army authorized dreadlocks for women earlier this year after having previously banned them since 2005.
For Leak, the reversal means she and many other locked servicewomen will no longer have to choose between sporting a hairstyle important to their culture and representing their country.” – Click Here For Full Article By Kenya Downs