Pentagon: Army To Review Controversial Ban On Twists, Other Natural Hairstyles

Source: Bethonie Butler and Nia-Malika Henderson / The Washington Post

The Pentagon said Tuesday that the military would review controversial grooming policies that led some to accuse the Army of racial bias.

Grooming guidelines released in late March, known as Army Regulation 670-1, included rules on hair grooming. Among the “unauthorized styles” were natural hairstyles popular among African American women, including twists. A White House petition, asking the Army to reconsider the ban, gathered more than 10,000 signatures.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, announced the impending review at a regular briefing Tuesday.

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