R 081751Z DEC 14 PSN 643626K27
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/UNIFORM UPDATE FEMALE HAIR GROOMING POLICY//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC//
AMPN/REFERENCE A IS THE UNITED STATES NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the revision of Navy*s female hair grooming
policy. This policy applies to female Sailors while wearing the Navy uniform
and when wearing civilian clothes in the performance of duty.
2. Acceptable Hairstyle Criteria.
a. Hairstyles and haircuts shall present a professional and balanced
appearance. Appropriateness of a hairstyle shall be evaluated by its
appearance when headgear is worn. All headgear shall fit snugly and
comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or
excessive gaps. Hairstyles will not interfere with the proper wearing of
headgear, protective masks or equipment. When headgear is worn, hair shall
not show from under the front of the headgear, with the exception of the
Tiara and Beret. Hair (including bun) is not to protrude from the opening in
the back of the ball cap.
b. Lopsided and extremely asymmetrical hairstyles are not authorized.
Angled hairstyles will have no more than a 1-1/2 inch difference between the
front and the back length of hair. Layered hairstyles are authorized
provided layers present a smooth and graduated appearance.
c. Hair length, when in uniform, may touch, but not fall below a
horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar.
With jumper uniforms, hair may extend a maximum of 1-1/2 inches below the top
of the jumper collar. Long hair, including braids, shall be neatly fastened,
pinned, or secured to the head. When bangs are worn, they shall not extend
below the eyebrows. Hair length shall be sufficient to prevent the scalp
from being readily visible (with the exception of documented medical
d. Hair bulk (minus the bun) as measured from the scalp will not exceed
2 inches. The bulk of the bun shall not exceed 3 inches when measured from
the scalp and the diameter of the bun will not exceed
4 inches. Loose ends must be tucked in and secured.
e. Hair, wigs, or hair extensions/pieces must be of a natural hair color
(i.e. blonde, brunette, brown, red, gray, or black). Hair extensions/pieces
must match the current color of the hair. Wigs, hairpieces and extensions
shall be of such quality and fit so as to present a natural appearance and
conform to the grooming guidelines listed herein. Tints and highlights shall
result in natural hair colors and be similar to the current base color of the
3. Hairstyles. Hairstyles shall not detract from a professional appearance
in uniform. Styles with shaved portions of the scalp (other than the
neckline), those with designs cut, braided, or parted into the hair, as well
as dyed using unnatural colors are not authorized. The unique quality and
texture of curled, waved and straight hair are recognized. All hairstyles
must minimize scalp exposure. While this list shall not be considered all
inclusive, the following hairstyles are authorized.
a. Three strand braids and two strand braids (also referred to as
twists) are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform
to the guidelines listed herein.
b. Multiple braids. Multiple braids consist of more than 2 braids and
encompass the whole head. When a hairstyle of multiple braids is worn, each
braid shall be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (no more than 1/4
inch), and tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well groomed
appearance. Foreign material (e.g., beads , decorative items) shall not be
braided into the hair. Multiple braids may be worn loose, or may be pulled
straight back into a bun, within the guidelines herein.
c. Two individual braids. One braid worn on each side of the head,
uniform in dimension and no more than one inch in diameter. Each braid
extends from the front to the back of the head near the lower portion of the
hair line (i.e., braids are closer to the top of the ear than the top of the
head to prevent interference with wearing of headgear).
A single French braid may be worn starting near the top of the head and be
braided to the end of the hair. The end of the braid must be secured to the
head and braid placement shall be down the middle of the back of the head.
d. Corn rows. Must be in symmetrical fore and aft rows, and must be
close to the head, leaving no hair unbraided.* They must be no larger than
1/4 inch in diameter and show no more than approximately 1/8 inch of scalp
between rows. Corn row ends shall not protrude from the head. Rows must end
at the nape of the neck and shall be secured with rubber bands that match the
color of the hair. Corn rows may end in a bun conforming to the guidelines
listed herein, if hair length permits.
e. Rolls. Two individual rolls, one on each side of the head, must be
near the lower portion of the hair line (i.e., rolls are closer to the top of
the ear than the top of the head and will not interfere with wearing of
headgear). Rolls must be of uniform dimension and no more than one inch in
4. Hair Accessories. When hair accessories are worn, they must be
consistent with the hair color. A maximum of two small barrettes, similar to
hair color, may be used to secure the hair to the head.
Bun accessories (used to form the bun), are authorized if completely
concealed. Additional hairpins, bobby pins, small rubber bands, or small
thin fabric elastic bands may be used to hold hair in place, if necessary.
The intent is for pinned-up hair to be styled in a manner that prevents loose
ends from extending upward or outward from the head.
For example, when using barrettes or hairpins, hair will not extend loosely
from the head; when hair is in a bun, all loose ends must be tucked in and
secured. Hair accessories shall not present a safety or foreign object
damage hazard. Hair nets shall not be worn unless authorized for a specific
type of duty. Headbands, scrunchies, combs, claws and butterfly clips, are
examples of accessories that are not authorized; this list is not to be
considered all inclusive.
5. Unauthorized Hairstyles. While this list shall not be considered all
inclusive, the following hairstyles are not authorized: ponytails; pigtails;
braids that are widely spaced and/or protrude from the head; and locks.
Locks, also called dreads, are fused or coiled strands of hair such that they
cannot easily be combed out.
6. Grooming Standards Exception. During group command/unit physical
training, commanding officers are authorized to standardize unit policy for
the relaxation of female hair grooming standards with regard to having hair
secured to the head (e.g., ponytails). Hair restraining devices, if worn,
will be consistent with the current hair color.
7. Examples of authorized hairstyles may be viewed through the Hair Viewer
File this NAVADMIN until revisions are incorporated into the BUPERS Directive
CD-ROM change or U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations on the Navy Uniform Matters
Office website at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/uniforms
8. General questions and comments regarding this NAVADMIN should be
addressed to the Uniform Matters Office (N131U) points of contact below:
a. Mr. Robert Carroll, OPNAV N131U, via e-mail at
robert.b.carroll(at)navy.mil; b. CMDCM(SW/AW) Rita Carman, via e-mail at
rita.carman(at)navy.mil; c. CTRC(IDW/NAC/SW/AW) Erin Piazza via e-mail at
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//