Back in April, the military banned several specific hairstyles almost exclusive to black women, including twists, dreadlocks, and several forms of naturally grown hair. The currently available options – straightened (or “relaxed”), wigs, weaves, microbraids, and cornrows – are costly and require hours in a salon.
Williams decided to take the issue to the streets, first educating one Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cheever about the issue. While Cheever, a military blogger, started the segment by defending the military code (“Soldier, it’s time to suck it up”), Williams was convinced he just didn’t know what went into said hairstyles.
To teach him, Williams brought Cheever to a beauty shop and had him watch as women had their hair styled in the military-accepted forms. By the end, he knew exactly how hard the process was going to be, and exactly what relaxer was for – namely, to “lay your shit out.”
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