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Navy Haircut Standards

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Below is your One Stop Guide to Male and Female Haircut Standards for the US Navy.

Navy Haircut Regulations / References

Sailor Cuts Hair aboard USS Harpers Ferry
  • US Navy Uniform Regulations – Chapter 2 Section 2201
  • NAVADMIN – 233/18 – Grooming Standards
  • NAVADMIN 163/18 – Female Hair Grooming Standards
  • US Naval Academy Uniform Regulations – Section 5102
  • Navy All Hands Webpage Containing 30+ Examples

Male Grooming Standards

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)

BLUF: Men.  Keep hair neat, clean and well groomed.  Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward not greater than 3/4 inch to blend with hair­style.  Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar.  Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly wearing military headgear.  The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp.  Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual.  Faddish styles and outrageous multicolored hair are not authorized.  The unique quality and texture of curled, waved, and straight hair are recognized, and in some cases the 3/4 inch taper at the back of the neck may be difficult to attain.  In those cases hair must present a graduated appearance and may combine the taper with a line at the back of the neck. One (cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore and aft part is authorized.  Varying hairstyles, including afro, are permitted if these styles meet the criteria of maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides, and do not interfere with properly wearing military headgear.  Plaited or braided hair shall not be worn while in uniform or in a duty status.  Keep sideburns neatly trimmed and tailored in the same manner as the haircut.  Sideburns shall not extend below a point level with the middle of the ear, shall be of even width (not flared) and shall end with a clean shaven horizontal line. 

Getting A Haircut Aboard GHWB

Female Grooming Standards

Pixie Cut

In the Summer of 2018 the Navy Updated their Haircut Standards for females. This update provides better examples and provides a much needed facelift for the Female grooming standards. All Hands Contains 30+ pictures for examples of proper Hair Standards for females. These examples include: Pixie Cut, Naturally Curly, Bob Cut, Short Locks, Natural Hair, Close Cropped, Wigs, Buns French Braids, Cornrows, Multiple Braids, and ponytail.

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Naval Academy Haircut Standards

BLUF: Because it is impossible to provide examples of every appropriate or unacceptable hairstyle or of “conservative” or “eccentric” grooming and personal appearance, the good judgment of leaders at all levels is key to enforcement of Naval Academy grooming policy. Therefore, hair/grooming/personal appearance while in uniform shall present a neat, professional appearance.

Naval Academy Haircut Standards – For Males

Gromming standards for men
Naval Academy Male Grooming Standards

Keep hair, neat, clean, and well groomed. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be tapered from the lower hairline upwards at least ¾ inch and outward not greater than ¾ inch to blend with hair style. Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar. Hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly wearing military headgear. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately two inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from the scalp. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous multicolored hair are not authorized. The unique quality and texture of curled, kinked, waved, and straight hair are recognized, and in some cases the ¾ inch taper at the back of the next may be difficult to attain. In those cases hair must present a graduated appearance and may combine the taper with a line at the back of the neck. One natural, narrow, fore and aft part is authorized. Varying hairstyles, including Afro, are permitted if these styles meet the criteria of maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides, and do not interfere with properly wearing military headgear. Plaited or braided hair is not authorized. Keep sideburns neatly trimmed and tailored in the same manner as the haircut. Sideburns shall not extend below a point level with the middle of the ear, shall be even width (not flared) and shall end with a clean-shaven horizontal line. “Muttonchops,” blocked haircuts, and rounded or square back haircuts are not authorized.

Naval Academy Grooming Standards – For Females

Grooming standards women

This is just a summary of Female grooming standards. the full txt can be found at the Naval Academy Grooming Webpage. 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. 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. Hair is not to protrude from the opening in the back of the ball cap, except when wearing a bun hairstyle. All buns shall be positioned on the back of the head to ensure the proper wearing of all headgear.

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