Hair concerns make some black women exercise less

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A recent study revealed how 40 percent of black women admitted to avoiding exercise because they didn’t want to mess up their hairstyle.

The research was conducted by Dr. Amy McMichael from Wake Forest University. McMichael said as an African-American women herself, she avoids hitting the gym because she is worried about ruining her hair do.

Dr. McMichaels, who published her research in the Archives of Dermatology, said that hair care can be difficult and expensive for black women.

In Harlem, New York, hair straightening is commonly part of a weekly routine and costs around $40.

Because women often avoid washing their hair more than once a week to maintain their hairstyle, they avoid sweating (which means exercising) as well.

Full article: Hair concerns make some black women exercise less

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About Jessica Marini

Jessica Marini is a Patient Care Coordinator at Rahal. She is always looking out for the latest industry news to help better educate patients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her two rescue dogs Benji and Lily.

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