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JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Mar;149(3):310-14.

Hair care practices as a barrier to physical activity in African American women.

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Departments of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To characterize the influence of hair style maintenance on exercise behavior in African American women.

DESIGN:

A 40-item survey with questions concerning hair care practices, physical activity, and the relationship between the two.

SETTING:

University-affiliated dermatology department at an academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 123 African American women from 21 to 60 years of age were surveyed; 103 women completed the questionnaire.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The statistical significance of relationships between hair care practices and physical activity was determined.

RESULTS:

Fifty percent of African American women surveyed have modified their hair style to accommodate exercise and nearly 40% (37.9%) avoid exercise at times owing to hair-related issues. Respondents who exercised less owing to hair concerns were 2.9 times less likely to exercise more than 150 min/wk (95% CI,0.9-9.4; P=.08).

CONCLUSION:

Dermatologists can discuss hair management strategies during exercise that facilitate routinely performing exercise.

PMID:
23682367
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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