The United States Army has many rules — including about what Army personnel can wear. No tinted contact lenses, no ankle bracelets, no big jewelry and one earring per ear. This spring, the army released an updated "appearance and grooming policy," with new rules about hair.
The policy states that if you're in the Army, you can't wear thick braids, most corn-rows, or dreadlocks.
The new regulations touched a nerve among those who believe it unfairly targets African-American women. The Defense Department is now reviewing the regulations.
Two medical professionals at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston say there are big issues at stake here, beyond the military dictates.
They argue that pressure on African-American women, in particular, to look a certain way, are bad for the culture — and bad for health.
Tamarra James-Todd, associate epidemiologist and instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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