Quick Question: Did Your School Impose Hairstyle Restrictions?

And were those restrictions, like, totally racist?
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June 24, 2013
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The XO email inboxes were all atwitter with reactions to the news that an Ohio school had banned--y'all ready for this?--"afro-puffs and small twisted braids."

Clearly, these rules were written by someone who has no clue about natural hair.

As the Black Girl with Long Hair blog explains: "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."

While it's true that there are hair rules that apply to all students, like no Mo-hawks [sic] or hair dye, this is the only one that clearly applies to a specific race. And that's kinda effed up.

I have to admit, it also kind of bothers me that that there's a gender-specific hair-length rule. Or any hair rules, for that matter. Maybe I've been spoiled by schools that had more liberal dress-code policies, but I just don't think a boy with bleached, shoulder-length "small twisted braids" would serve as a humongous educational distraction.

Today's Quick Question: Did your school impose hairstyle restrictions? Also: Do you think it was right for the school to lift the "afro-puff and small twisted braids" ban (which they did after a parental and internet angerfest), or is it totally their right to make a rule like that?