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    CarlieB.
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    Why don’t African American women wash their hair as often as White women do?

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    Name : CarlieB., Gender : Female, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 19, City : Monticello, State : VA Country : United States, Education level : High School Diploma, Social class : Middle class, 
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    StephyS
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    We don’t wash it as often because when it gets wet it is super hard to get a comb through. Plus we can’t wash and go. Our hair has to be heat styled (with a flat iron or curling iron or something) even when we have had a relaxer applied. If it just air dries then it will be an uncombable tangled afro. Our hair is also very brittle when a relaxer has been applied. So yanking at it so much makes it break off. I, like most with my type of hair, see several inch long pieces of broken off hair fall into the sink each time that I comb or brush my hair. If we didn’t use relaxers then our hair would look just like a black man’s hair does. Not very girly. Plus it would take even longer to flat iron each time it was washed.

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    Name : StephyS, Race : Black/African American, City : Northern, State : VA Country : United States, 
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    LeleG
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    It seems that every time I’ve complimented a white coworker on her hair the response has been “oh, I didn’t wash it”. White people have lovely hair on the day after a wash. But the day after that… not so much. African American women do not get the greasy, nasty look as quickly as white women. I’ve heard we make less scalp oils in general and for natural textured hair, the curl slows the oils’ progress down the hair shaft. So we wash less often, when we need to. So, both kinds of women are washing when they need it; it’s just that that is less often for African American women.

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    Name : LeleG, Gender : Female, Sexual Orientation : Bisexual, Disability : Blind, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Pagan, Age : 32, City : Denver, State : CO Country : United States, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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