Warrior braids: Air Force issues new, updated regs for women’s hair styles


The U.S. Air Force on Friday officially updated its rules about how women in the service branch can wear their hair. As of June 25, women’s hair worn in a bun, braid, or ponytail may extend six inches to the right and left and also may protrude in back by six inches from the point where the hair is gathered, the Air Force said in a statement. The total width for the hair must still allow for the proper wear of headgear.

This means ponytails, braids, and buns and is an accommodation for minority women who have curly hair. The revision of Air Force Instruction 36-2903, grooming standards, addresses the differences in hair density and texture and a more diverse workforce.

Previously, hair worn in a bun, braid, ponytail or equivalent could not extend beyond the width of the head.

Members must still be mindful of occupational safety, fire and health guidance, and mishap prevention, and must reduce the chance of injury from having loose hair around machinery, equipment, or moving parts.

The U.S. Space Force Guardians will adhere to the grooming standards of the U.S. Air Force until the Space Force develops its own policy.

The development of the new hair standards has been underway for several months and some of the new rules took effect earlier this year.


  1. This is great news. So needed in today’s world. Just think how far the world had progressed. The 6 inch rule will lead to repairing the climate and restore the seas to thier former glory.
    Thank you leaders. Marked this day on my calendar. I think a national holiday and song are in order.

  2. Instead of “women”, shouldn’t the US Air Force now be referring to “all those individuals who, by nature or by choice, are without a penis”? Or is even that phrase too ‘cisnormative’ and non-trans-friendly? Gotta please the perpetually offended, you know!

  3. The previous USAF regulation produced a much more professional appearance for women than does this regulation change. And I am very certain USAF women, with this newly allowed hairstyles, will not be able to get a proper seal when wearing protective masks. Or, do USAF personnel not have to bother with these masks?


    I hope that the US Army decides again making a similar adjustment. It’s ridiculous.

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