With a surprising reform in the Navy’s female hair regulations, many Sailors are not completely familiar with the new regulations in regards to ponytails and natural hairstyles. Buns can now exceed the previously allowed three inches from the scalp as long as it is not visible from the front. An even more drastic change in policy is the authorized wear of ponytails outside of the Navy PT uniform. Female Sailors may now sport a ponytail or single braid in working uniform as long as no operational hazards are present or it does not hinder the Sailor from being effective on the job. All ponytails must be no longer than three inches below the collar. Additionally, locks can now be shorter than the uniform collar. For an easy step-by-step guide on the new hairstyles, see this Military.com article.
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