Hair Care Practices in African-American Patients

The unique properties of hair in those patients of African descent allow a limitless range of
hair-care options. For the clinician, a general understanding of hair-care practices is an
important aid in the diagnosis and treatment of hair shaft and scalp disorders. This review
highlights common hair-care practices in women, men, and children of color. Cleansing,
moisturizing, and styling techniques are discussed, as well as potential complications
associated with their use.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 28:103-108 © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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