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Research Letter
May 2016

Hair and Scalp Care in African American Women Who Exercise

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(5):579-580. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.0093

There are notable disparities in physical activity (PA) levels among different racial and ethnic groups.1 African American women comprise a population that deserves special focus because non-Hispanic black women participate in less PA than any other racial or ethnic sex group, yet have the highest prevalence of obesity and obesity-related conditions.24 In a previous study by Hall et al,5 38% of black women avoided exercise at times owing to hair-related issues, and 50% modified their hairstyle to accommodate exercise. This present study sought to survey physically active black women to determine the most common hair care practices used to accommodate exercise, and provide recommendations for ideal regimens for hair and scalp care during and after exercise.

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