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On Monday, CNN reported its surgeon general Dr. Regina Benjamin stopped by the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta to talk about health and hair. Interestingly enough the discussion was targeted at black women not working out because it might ruin their hair.

Benjamin, an African-American woman herself, does not only reference black women but women in general. She states the excuse used is: “I don’t want to sweat my hair back or I don’t want to mess up my hairstyle. It cost me too much to get my hair done this week.”

She reported that less than 30 percent of black women get the recommended amount of exercise each day. The personal tip she left women with to balance hair and exercise was to work out at night.

Honestly I am a culprit of the “I just got my hair done” excuse, but only within the first week of getting my hair done. I am natural, but the majority of the time I keep my hair flat ironed. If I must go to the gym, I simply keep it wrapped. I think women and their hair is a tricky topic in itself and we just don’t want to mess it up no matter the cost to our health. Clearly, that needs to change.

Are you a culprit of the excuse not to exercise? Do you work out even if you just got your hair done? If so, what do you do to it so that it stays intact?

-Krystal Holmes

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