Women in the US Army will be able to dress up a little.
The Pentagon announced Tuesday that female soldiers could grow their hair long, dye their nails and put on earrings.
The revision of the army grooming guidelines increased the number of hairstyles women could adopt, including wearing their hair long.
In the past, women with longer hair had to tie buns, which many found uncomfortable and affected their helmets.
Under the new directive, long hair must be worn in training tails or braids in training and tactical situations.
An expansion of the styles hosted African American women soldiers in particular, who wanted more options for wearing their hair, in braids, and other styles.
You can also wear two models at the same time – braids and twists, for example.
Whatever they do, it has to fit smoothly into a combat helmet.
And on the other end of politics, women who want to shave their heads – as some male soldiers do – are now allowed. Before that, they had to keep a minimum hair length.
The soldiers can now wear nail polish and lipstick even during work, but not in colors that are considered extreme – such as blue, black, “fire engine red”, purple and fluorescent.
Extreme nail lengths and styles – think stiletto – are no-nos too.
The same applies to hair color: it has to look natural, without extremes like pink, green and blue. For those who dye their hair, roots of different colors longer than 3.8 centimeters are prohibited.
Studs are allowed on bases, but prohibited in field training and combat.
The changes are the result of a review launched last year under former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, part of an investigation into racial discrimination and abuse of minorities in the military.