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 Implications

Women of African descent might be more susceptible to alopecia because of the distinctive structural properties of their hair and the various hair treatments and styles they often employ. Physicians should be knowledgeable when counseling these patients on their hair care practices. It also is important to understand that it might not be feasible for a patient to completely discontinue a hair treatment or style. In that situation, be prepared to make recommendations for safer hairstyling practices.


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