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Ponytail - Example #3

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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. Hair is not to protrude from the opening in the back of the ball cap, except when wearing a bun or ponytail hairstyle. 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.

Ponytails. A ponytail is a hairstyle in which the hair on the head is pulled away from the face, gathered and secured at the back of the head with an approved accessory. Hair extending beyond the securing accessory may be braided or allowed to extend naturally.

The following criteria pertain to the wearing of ponytail hairstyles while wearing a U.S. Navy uniform. Ponytail hairstyles shall not interfere with the proper wearing of military headwear and equipment nor extend downward more than three inches below the lower edge of the collar (shirt/blouse, jacket or coat) while sitting, standing or walking. Additionally, ponytails will not extend outward more than three inches behind the head as measured from the securing accessory nor shall the width exceed the width of the back of the head or be visible from the front. In spaces or environments where there are operational hazards such as rotating gear, etc., the hair may not be worn below the bottom of the collar.

The wear of a single braid, French braid, or a single ponytail in Service, Working, and PT uniforms is authorized. The initial accessory for the ponytail will not be visible when facing forward.

More information on hairstyle standards and other uniform regulations can be found on the Navy Uniform Matters Website.