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There are quite a few of us who struggle with forcing to choose between working out or keeping our do fresh. While we all agree that working out does help us feel and look better, we still worry about the money we spent on our hair going down the drain.

Black women do not want to wash their hair more than once a week to keep their hairstyle that was just perfected at the salon, and may avoid sweating as a result.

According to a recent study conducted by the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., 31% of the 103 African-American women surveyed admitted that they exercise less because it may harm their hairstyle.

All of the women studied agreed that it is important to lead a healthy life, which includes exercise. Exercise is especially important in the African American community because we are more prone to diabetes, hypertension, and complications due to obesity, including heart disease. Though we face many health concerns that exercise will combat, African American women have a different deterrent from working out – their hair.


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