Hairstyling Practices to Prevent Hair Damage and Alopecia in Women of African Descent

Amaris N. Geisler, BS; Oyetewa Oyerinde, MD; Deborah A. Scott, MD


Cutis. 2022;109(2):98-100. 

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Practice Gap

Among women of African descent, a variety of hairstyles and hair treatments frequently are employed to allow for ease of management and self-expression.[1] Many of these practices have been implicated as risk factors for alopecia. Simply advising patients to avoid tight hairstyles is ineffective because tension is subjective and difficult to quantify.[5] Furthermore, it might be unreasonable to ask a patient to discontinue a hairstyle or treatment when they are unaware of less damaging alternatives.[3,5]

We provide an overview of hairstyles for patients who have highly textured hair so that physicians can better identify high-risk hairstyles and provide individualized recommendations for safer alternatives.[1,3,5]


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