Navy Hairstyle

How To Create a Navy Approved Bun with a Twist

Everyday Navy

You don’t have to tell a military member twice that the Navy is strict on bun appearance and conduct. According to Navy NAVADMIN 271/14, “Hairstyles and haircuts shall present a professional and balanced appearance.” In January 2015, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert announced a new regulation to include a broader range of hair types and styles.

What this means for Navy females is that they have more options for styling their hair, one of which is the twist bun. In this how-to article and video, I will show you how to create this secure and fashionable hairstyle.

Step 1:

Gather Materials.

You will need:

2 Hair ties

1 Bun Maker

Bobby Pins


Step 2:

I would recommend working with wet hair, but dry is also an option. Comb hair and spilt into a part. I prefer to work with the natural part in your hair, wherever your hair falls when you let it down on its own.

Step 3:

Twist one side of your hair, then the other. To twist, comb your hair down to the frame of your face, roll your fingers in a circular motion, grabbing hair as you move from your temple to the nape of your neck.

Step 4:

Pull both sections into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.

Step 5:

Pull your ponytail through the bun maker, divide hair into sections in a radial manner from the middle of the bun maker, pull the sections of hair over the bun maker and secure with another hair tie.

Step 6:

Gather the loose ends of your hair and wrap them around the base of your bun, where the hair tie is located. Secure with bobby pins.



For general guidelines, please adhere to the following recommendations when styling you hair:

– Hairstyles must allow for the proper fit of headgear and not interfere with the proper wear of protective masks or equipment.

– When in uniform, hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the lower edge of the back of the collar. With service dress jumper uniforms, hair may extend a maximum of 1 1/2 inches below the top of the jumper collar.

– Layered hairstyles are authorized, provided that the layers present a smooth graduated appearance. No portion of the bulk of the hair (except the bun) as measured from the scalp will exceed 2 inches.

– The bulk of the bun shall not exceed 3 inches from scalp. The diameter of the bun will not exceed 4 inches. Loose ends must be tucked-in and secured. Buns must not protrude through the opening in the back of a ball cap.

– Angled hairstyles may not exceed 1 1/2 inches difference in length from front to back.

– All hairstyles must minimize scalp exposure.

– Two strand braids (a type of twist) are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be conservative and conform to the grooming standard guidelines.


For more information, please check out: Navy Hair Regulations


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