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July 1973

Corn-Row Alopecia

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Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(1):134. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620220088030

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To the Editor.—  With the resurgence of the ancient practice of cornrowing, we fear that "corn-row alopecia" may soon be added to the growing list of dermatologic problems that have resulted from various cosmetic fads, eg, acne cosmetica, pomade acne, and acquired trichorrhexis nodosa.Corn-rowing is an original African hair style that consists of multiple, tightly braided knots arranged in orderly rows resembling a "cultivated field of corn." This practice, as noted recently in the lay press, is rapidly gaining a great deal of popularity especially among younger blacks who are attempting to copy the hair styles worn by many prominent black entertainers. Indeed, as quoted in the Phil-adelphia Inquirer (March 6, 1973, p 1-B), "it would seem safe to assume that soon there will be miles and miles of braids marching in disciplined rows across the scalps of young black American boys and girls."Traction alopecia is

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