Parents of students at a Ohio school recently received a letter outlining the new dress proposal for the 2014 school year. The Horizon Science Academy is now catching heat from a lot of people in the natural hair community because of the new ban on certain hairstyles.

From Black Girl Long Hair:

The letter details changes to the dress code for the upcoming school year and includes the line:

Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our (sic) without rubberbands, are NOT permitted.

It’s unclear what the administration means by small twisted braids, but if they are referring to box braids they are banning a protective style that black girls have worn for generations. Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities.

It’s unspecified whether this ban applies to both male and female students, or male students alone.

So how are children supposed to wear their hair? Growing up, I only wore braids and afro-puffs. I can only imagine how limiting this will be for parents.

What do you think about the ban?


***UPDATE: The school released a statement in response to the ban. Although they state they are making the necessary steps to correct the information, it does not say what those steps are.


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  • If this isn’t adding insult to injury, I don’t know what it. Their “rebuttal letter” states that they strive to be the safest and best school. How the hell does afro puffs and braids interferes with that? And did they really states that they never intended to target a particular race/ethnicity? SMH… YEAH!!!! And I don’t mean to call you an ignorant bigot either!

  • GressetteL

    Simply appauling…the choice to wear ones hair they one chooses is a form of freedom of speach. I’m SMH on this one!!!

  • Unbelievable! Why don’t they just come out and ban black hair?
    Or curly hair? Or any hairstyle they don’t personally like? I thought the idea was for children to be neat and clean and not wear anything that is promoting violence, sexuality, anything age-inappropriate and in poor taste. Or do they consider African/American or other ethnicities inapropriate? Better move to a whiter community.