After years of outrage by women in service, military branches have revised regulations, lifting bans on such styles as twists and braids in 2015 and dreadlocks, this past February. Since then, the women who have dedicated their lives to protecting this country have rejoiced in their abilities to protect their natural tresses.
Of course, this means also displaying their #blackhairmagic in all its glory. Vogue recently profiled 17 of these women, including Deshauna Barber, the first-ever military officer to be crowned Miss USA.
“Hair is a complicated thing for women of color,” said Deshauna, who recalled the struggle of wearing wigs under her helmet. “The new regulations show they did the research; there’s an understanding and appreciation of just how diverse our backgrounds are.”
Click through to check out a few of their profiles.