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Afro-Ethnic Hairstyling Trends, Risks, and Recommendations

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami Hospital, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33125, USA
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Academic Editor: Enzo Berardesca
Cosmetics 2022, 9(1), 17;
Received: 12 December 2021 / Revised: 13 January 2022 / Accepted: 19 January 2022 / Published: 26 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Cosmetics in 2021)
Hairstyling trends among Black women fluctuate with social, cultural, and environmental pressures. Dermatologists should be aware of current trends and their associated risks in order to provide the best care to this population. In order to summarize the updated trends and associated health risks for the most common hairstyles worn by Black women, a literature review was performed. PubMed and EMBASE were used to identify articles related to hair styling practices, studies on the effects or risks of various styling practices, and magazine articles citing current styling trends among women of African descent. All hairstyles were found to have associated health risks; however, natural styles had the fewest adverse associations of all styles reviewed. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) is the most cited hair disorder in this population, possibly linked to both chemical relaxants and traction styles. Additional studies are needed to further establish causality between these styles and CCCA. Additionally, while acceptance of natural hairstyles is on the rise, there is more work to be done throughout society to help protect and encourage women who choose to wear Afrocentric styles. Dermatologists should be well versed in these hairstyles and ready to lend appropriate advice to patients when it is requested. View Full-Text
Keywords: hairstyle trends; African-ethnic hair; Afrocentric hair; chemical hair relaxing; central Centrifugal cicatricial alopecia; traction alopecia hairstyle trends; African-ethnic hair; Afrocentric hair; chemical hair relaxing; central Centrifugal cicatricial alopecia; traction alopecia
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Asbeck, S.; Riley-Prescott, C.; Glaser, E.; Tosti, A. Afro-Ethnic Hairstyling Trends, Risks, and Recommendations. Cosmetics 2022, 9, 17.

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Asbeck S, Riley-Prescott C, Glaser E, Tosti A. Afro-Ethnic Hairstyling Trends, Risks, and Recommendations. Cosmetics. 2022; 9(1):17.

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Asbeck, Sara, Chelsi Riley-Prescott, Ella Glaser, and Antonella Tosti. 2022. "Afro-Ethnic Hairstyling Trends, Risks, and Recommendations" Cosmetics 9, no. 1: 17.

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