You sit down in the chair and your stylist asks you what want to do this month. Do you want to keep that Jennifer Anniston look or go jagged and short? How about a great big bouffant or soft pink curls? Your stylist offers you a world of choices, but consider our brave women in the military who give up their freedom to do whatever the heck they want with their lovely locks.

The fabulous LTJG, Jocelyn Fox, graduate of the Naval Academy and sailor of the seven seas writes–

For women in the military, our hair is a source of exasperation, identity, beauty and defiance. We cut it short when we enter training, so the longer your hair is, the longer you have been out of basic training and most likely the more senior and higher in rank. We pull it back in uniform–because of regulation, because of functionality and because in a male-dominated profession, we need to be seen as professional and no-nonsense. It is our disguise when we are in civilian clothes. (Many men will not recognize us with our hair down out of uniform.) Our relationship with our hair is complex but ultimately it helps us retain some of the visible femininity that our profession takes away.

So, next time you see one of our sisters in uniform, tell them how AWESOME they are and thank them for all they do to preserve our personal freedoms of life, liberty, and the persuit of fabulous hair!

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About Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. Kim is an accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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  1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I never thought of that…these brave women that sacrifice so much…including their hair…to keep us safe. Very cool, Kim 🙂

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