3. A new U.S. Army regulation, Regulation 670-1, bans a multitude of natural hairstyles, including twists, braids and cornrows. This has sparked backlash from the natural community since many African American women in the army claim that their hair has not interfered with their duties or uniforms and many believe that this new regulation is discrimatory.
4. Nicki Minaj often shows off her body but rarely shows her real hair, often covering it with weaves or wigs. She is well known for her colorful wigs of all different hues. She even caused an uproar with lyrics, “These nappy headed hoes need a perminator,” in her 2011 single “Did it Om Em.” So it was a surprise to many and made news when she posted pictures of her long, healthy, natural hair on Instagram.
5. In the saddest natural hair news of 2014, Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the popular natural hair care line Miss Jessie’s, died on December 4 in an apparent suicide at the age of 45. She was a true entrepreneur and an inspiration to many.
These have been the top five controversies and stories involving natural hair in 2014. Let’s look forward to better news this year!