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School Hair Guidelines Spark Ferocious Debate

Many say Narvie Harris Elementary focused unfairly on black hairstyles

(Newser) - A Georgia elementary school is in the spotlight after putting up a poster showing "appropriate" and "inappropriate" hairstyles—all for black students, CNN reports. An image of the poster appeared on Facebook and sparked about 2,000 comments about dress codes, hair, and the possible racism of focusing...

This State Just Banned Hairstyle Discrimination

Californians can't be ordered to cut off their dreads

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists, and locks. The law introduced by Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, a black woman who wears her hair...

Navy Finally Allows Women to Let Their Hair Down

Ponytails, lock hairstyle are now OK

(Newser) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says it makes the Navy more inclusive. Many black women had asked for changes to the female...

Evening Standard Apologizes After Altering Solange's Hair in Photo

She gets an official apology after calling out magazine

(Newser) - Solange Knowles sat down with the Evening Standard for its ES magazine recently, but when the October issue came out, something was missing: her hair. Solange is featured on the cover, but the distinctive circular braid atop her head is not. Last week, she posted the original photo, braid intact,...

Woman Who Created 'Beehive' Dies at 98

Margaret Vinci Heldt's 1960 creation was inspired by a hat

(Newser) - Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, died Friday at a senior living community in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst at age 98, the AP reports. The beehive became a cultural phenomenon during the 1960s and evolved into a style...

Hairy Crisis: Remote Town Hasn't Had Barber in 2 Years

Nearest hairdresser is a 17-hour drive away

(Newser) - A remote hamlet of 800 people in northern Canada has grown accustomed to several hardships, including temperatures that plummet to nearly -60 degrees in the winter and days when basic supplies don't come in due to delayed flights. And certain amenities are downright missing in Norman Wells, which is...

Military Lets Its Hair (Policy) Down, OKs Dreadlocks

Military branches to update grooming rules; old ones dubbed racist

(Newser) - The Pentagon is rolling back its grip on how military personnel wear their hair, and will now allow twisted braids, dreadlocks, and cornrows after complaints that banning them was racist, the Virginian-Pilot reports. "Each service reviewed its hairstyle policies to ensure standards are fair and respectful while also meeting...

Woman Goes on Crazy Rampage Over 'Knotted' Hair

Rachel Meyers faces misdemeanor assault, harassment charges

(Newser) - Don't mess with a woman's hair. That's the lesson after a US postal worker went on a rampage at a Manhattan salon last week after she blamed stylists for "screwing up her hair," police say. While wearing her work uniform Friday, Rachel Meyers, 26, allegedly...

Now Under Review: Military Hairstyles

Twists, dreads were largely banned in rules some complain targeted black women

(Newser) - The military increasingly has abandoned its one-size-fits-all haircut as the face of the American soldier has diversified, but new rules on hair sparked a furor amid concerns that they unfairly restricted black women. Now Chuck Hagel has ordered a review "to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our...

Why We're All Obsessed With Beyonce's Pixie Cut

Blame all this chatter on Chris Rock, writes Allison Samuels

(Newser) - The signature "lion's mane" is gone: Beyonce debuted a new pixie cut on Instagram last week, and people cannot stop talking about it. At the Daily Beast , Allison Samuels says Chris Rock is to blame. After he released Good Hair , his documentary about black women and their tresses,...

Lagerfeld Hates Michelle's Bangs

They were 'a bad idea,' designer laments

(Newser) - Karl Lagerfeld, never one to pause before voicing his opinions , will have you know that he's no fan of Michelle Obama's new bangs . On a French TV show (on which he was supposed to be discussing Paris Fashion Week), the designer noted, "I don’t understand the...

Gabby Douglas: You People Are Worried About My Hair?

Does anybody remember that gold medal thing?

(Newser) - Women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas likes her hairstyle just fine, thanks. The 16-year-old said yesterday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look. "I don't know...

Lazy Eye? Blame Justin Bieber Hair

Hair in the eye could cause vision problems: optometrist

(Newser) - That hair-hanging-over-the-eye style so popular with Justin Bieber wannabes and emo kids alike may not be such a great idea: An expert described by Australia’s Daily Telegraph as a “leading optometrist” claims the haircut could cause amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye. "If a young emo chap...

Mitt Romney's Barber Wants Him to Loosen Up

But candidate likes his coif 'very controlled': New York Times

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann recently described Mitt Romney in a word: “Hair.” She’s not alone—Romney’s stupefyingly perfect coif is a matter of much discussion among political observers. Case in point: The New York Times today has a front-page story on the hair it calls a "cosmetological...

Jennifer Aniston: I Hated That Damn 'Rachel' Haircut

She bemoans popular hairstyle as not her best look

(Newser) - Ah, “The Rachel:” That flippy hairstyle so popular in the mid-‘90s, thanks to Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends. How did Aniston herself feel about it? “That damn Rachel … was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest...

Voters Prefer Boxer's Hair: Poll

Yes, an actual polling firm actually asked

(Newser) - Incumbent Barbara Boxer is leading former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the Senate polls—but infinitely more importantly, so is Boxer’s hair. Public Policy Polling included a question about the rivals’ hairstyles, following Fiorina’s remark that Boxer’s hair is “so yesterday,” and found that...

'Bald Is Back'...for Ladies

And guess what? It's green, too

(Newser) - Not so long ago, women who went bald by choice were deemed crazy (hello, Britney Spears). But now, the look is increasingly becoming a fashion statement. Women “are either shaving the complete head or one side of the head, as we have seen with Jada Pinkett-Smith,” one barber...

Why We Hate the Mullet

How did one hairstyle get to be so universally reviled?

(Newser) - Americans and Iranians experienced an unlikely coming-together the other day on one topic: the mullet. Iran’s banning of the hairstyle earned it “not its usual international condemnation but a PR boost,” writes Beth Teitell in the Boston Globe . Inspired by the rare show of unity, she went...

22 Horrible Movie Hairdos

Gyllenhaal's 'Prince of Persia' coif is bad but far from the worst

(Newser) - If you found Jake Gyllenhaal's shaggy Prince of Persia mane amusing, great news: There's more where that came from. In the gallery, check out some of the 22 cringe-inducing movie hairstyles rounded up by Kate Ward of Entertainment Weekly . For the complete list, click here .

Willie Nelson Chops Off His Braids

Long hair no more

(Newser) - Willie Nelson will have to settle for being known for just his music these days (and, well, the substance he imbibes to keep the vibe mellow): He's gone and chopped off his hallmark braids. The waist-length, reddish pigtails were cut a few weeks ago, said the singer-songwriter's rep, who added...

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