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Why Did an Ohio School Ban Braids and Afro Puffs?

An Ohio school has banned Afro puffs and twisted braids for girls, according to the blog  Black Girl With Long Hair.

Horizon Science Academy reportedly sent a note home to parents advising them that Afro puffs and ‘small twisted braids’ were no afro puffslonger allowed to be worn by students.

The letter from school administrators, also posted online, notes the following: Afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with our without rubberbands, are NOT permitted.

The letter  from the school says that the dress code helps create a “successful” school environment, although it is unclear how allowing a young girl to wear her hair naturally would be disruptive to any school environment.

Black Girl With Long Hair observed the following:

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.

The school has not released a justification for banning the hairstyles.

What do you think? Are Afro puffs and twists ‘radical’?


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