First Lieutenant Whennah Andrews of the Army National Guard can actually take credit for some of the regulatory changes. Andrews, a medical service officer, helped create a video on locks in collaboration with Nikky Nwamokobia of Green Beauty, a popular natural hair channel on YouTube:
“We wanted to dispel the myth surrounding them, this idea that the style is somehow unhygienic,” says Andrews, who submitted the clip to the uniform advisory board at the Pentagon last year. “We literally put the hair under a microscope to show that’s not the case, to show that locks can belong in any place of business and certainly in the military.”
Andrews’ video helped create policy changes that were made within a year and had her own Sisterlocks installed this May. She’s now in the process of making a second video to push change in the Navy, where bans on dreadlocks remain in effect.