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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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The Oklahoma charter school that disapproved of 7-year-old Tiana Parker’s dreadlocks has changed its hair policy. According to the Associated Press, the school board at the Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa voted Monday night to revoke the rules that had previously banned dreadlocks, afros and other hairstyles.

Tiana had been called into the administrator’s office last month because of her hairstyle, which went against school policy. The new policy, however, says “only that students and parents are responsible for personal hygiene and that administrators have the right to contact parents or guardians regarding such issues.” Specific hairstyles are not mentioned.

In a statement, school board president Kenneth James issued an apology to Tiana and her family and said the policy was not intended to harm the schoolgirl.

You can read the full story here.

Last week, our sister magazine EBONY chatted with Tiana’s dad and the 7-year-old received an outpouring of support from women online.