Ch 5 b. Female Grooming Regulations.

Women will be well groomed at all times and will abide by the following: >Ch 5 (1)

Hair Regulations.  The requirement for hair regulations is to maintain uniformity within a military population. Women’s hairstyles require non-eccentric and non-faddish styles, maintaining a conservative, professional appearance.

For the purpose of these regulations, women’s hairstyles will be organized into three basic categories; short length, medium length, and long hair. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5

                    (a) Hair Length (see Figure 1-3). MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5

1. Short Hair Length.

Short hair is defined as hair length that extends no more than 1 inch from the scalp (excluding bangs). Hair may be no shorter than 1/4 inch from the scalp but may be evenly graduated to within 2 inches of the hairline.

Bangs, if worn, may not fall into the line of sight, may not interfere with the wear of all headgear, and when worn with headgear must lie neatly against the head. The width of the bangs may extend to the hairline at the temple. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5

2. Medium Hair Length.

Medium hair is defined as hair that does not extend beyond the collar’s lower edge (in all uniforms) and extends more than 1 inch from the scalp. Medium hair may fall naturally in uniform 1004 MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS 1-13 and is not required to be secured.

When worn loose, graduated hairstyles are acceptable, but the length, from the front to the back, may not exceed the one-inch difference in length, from the front to the back (see Figure 1-3). The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant. No portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches (see Figure 1-3).MARADMIN 504/07 >CH 5 3.

3. Long Hair Length.

Long hair is defined as hair that extends beyond the collar’s lower edge. Long hair will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, except that bangs may be worn.

The regulations for the wear of bangs detailed above are relevant. No portion of the bulk of the hair, as measured from the scalp, will exceed approximately 2 inches (except a bun, which may extend a maximum of 3 inches from the scalp) and no wider than the width of the head. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 (b)

       a. Hairstyles. Faddish and exaggerated styles to include shaved portions of the scalp other than the neckline designs cut in the hair, unsecured ponytails (except during physical training), and unbalanced or lopsided hairstyles are prohibited. Hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of all uniform headgear. All headgear will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. When headgear is worn, hair should not protrude at distinct angles from under the edges.

Hairstyles, which do not allow the headgear to be worn in this manner, are prohibited. Examples of hairstyles considered to be faddish or exaggerated and thus not authorized for wear in uniform are (this list is not all-inclusive);      

      (1) locks and twists (not including French rolls/twists),

      (2)hair sculpting (eccentric directional flow, twists, texture or spiking),

       (3) buns or braids with loose hair extending at the end, multiple braids that do not start at the top of the head, hairstyles with severe angles, and loose unsecured hair (not to include bangs) when medium/long hair is worn up. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 1.

Braids. Medium and long hair may be braided. Multiple braiding (defined as more than two braids) is authorized. When worn, multiple braids shall be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), show no more than 1/8 of an inch of scalp between the braids and must be tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well groomed appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative items) shall not be braided into the hair.

Braids must continue to the end of the hair in one direction, in a straight line, and can be worn loose per medium hair length guidelines or secured to the head in the same manner as described for medium or long length hair styles. Ends shall be secured only with inconspicuous rubber bands. If multiple braids are worn they must encompass the whole head. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 2.

Hair Extensions. Hair extensions are authorized for medium and long hair only. Extensions must have the same general appearance as the individual’s natural hair. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 3.

Wigs. Wigs, if worn in uniform, must look natural and conform to the above regulations. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 4.

Physical Training (PT). Medium/short length hair may be worn down for organized PT, except when considered a safety hazard. Long 1004 MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS 1-14 hair must be secured.

Pony tails are authorized. When hair-securing devices are worn (i.e. barrettes, small pony tail holders…), they must be consistent with the hair color. Examples of hair accessories not authorized for securing hair for PT are; scrunchies, bows, ribbons, alligator clips… MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 5.

Boots and Utilities (“boots and utes”). When wearing boots and utes in a PT environment, hair should be secured using the PT guidelines identified above. When boots and utes are worn in a non-PT related environment, hair must be secured per the regulations detailed in the hairstyle regulations provided in paragraph 1004.5.c.1.a-b. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 6.

Hair Accessories. Except in PT situations, inconspicuous hairpins and bobby pins, if required, are authorized. Hairnets will not be worn unless authorized for a specific type of duty. Barrettes, combs, rubber bands, etc. are authorized, if concealed by the hair. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 7.

Hair Color. If applied, dyes, tints, bleaches and frostings, which result in natural colors, are authorized. The hair color must complement the person’s complexion tone. Color changes that detract from a professional image are prohibited. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 8.

Body Hair. No female Marine will be required to remove body hair except where leg hair protrudes beyond the appropriate hosiery per subparagraph 3027.5, or causes a visibly uneven texture under said hosiery. MARADMIN 504/07 >CH 5 (c)

Cosmetics. Cosmetics, if worn, will be applied conservatively and will complement the individual’s complexion tone. Exaggerated or faddish cosmetic styles are inappropriate with the uniform and will not be worn. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 1.

Fingernails. Nail length will be no longer than 1/4- inch from the tip of the finger. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 a. Nail Polish in service and dress uniforms. When worn, nail polish must be in shades of red (within the red spectrum, to include pinks and burgundies) and must complement the skin tone. Fingernails with multiple colors (except as mentioned in paragraph 1004.7.b(1)(c)i.c) and decorative ornamentation are prohibited. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 b. Nail polish in utilities. Colored nail polish is not authorized for wear with the utility uniform (except as mentioned in paragraph 1004.7.b(1)(c)i.c). MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 c. Manicures. Manicures that imitate the natural nail are authorized for wear with all uniforms (i.e. French manicures), to include 1004 MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS 1-15 >Ch 5 Figure 1-3.–Female hair length. MARADMIN 504/07 utilities. Press-on and acrylic nails are authorized for wear as long as they are maintained within the length and style regulations as per regulations detailed above. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 2. Lipstick. Lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm must be in shades of red (within the red spectrum, to include pinks and burgundies) or clear and must complement the skin tone. When worn, lip liner must be in the same shade as the lipstick, gloss or balm. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 3. Other make-up. Mascara, when worn, must be in tones of black or brown. Cosmetics with a sparkle/glitter or similar finish are not authorized for wear (to include in the hair). False eyelashes should be natural in appearance. MARADMIN 504/07 >Ch 5 (d) Reserve Marines. Members of the (Selected) Marine Corps Reserve will comply with these regulations during periods of active or reserve duty. MARADMIN 504/07 



1. Female Marines may wear earrings with service and dress uniforms at the individual’s option, according to the following regulations:

a. Small, polished, yellow gold color, ball, or round stud earrings (post, screw-on, or clip), not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter, may be worn with the service, blue dress, and blue-white dress.

b. Small white pearl or pearl-like earrings (post, screw-on, or clip), not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter, may be worn with evening dress uniforms and with the blue dress “A” and blue-white dress “A” uniforms when worn for social events.

CH 5 c. Small diamond or diamond-like earrings (post, screw-on, or clip) not to exceed 6 millimeters (about 1/4 inch) in diameter may be worn with the evening dress uniform. Pearl or diamond earrings may be worn at the wearer’s discretion with the evening dress uniform. MARADMIN 322/05

2. When worn, earrings will fit tightly against, and will not extend below, the earlobe. Only one earring will be worn on or in each earlobe.

3. Earrings will not be worn with the utility uniform, or while participating in a parade, ceremony, or other similar military functions.

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