The health implications of plaiting, braiding, combing African hair


A leading dermatologist has warned that African hair requires specific maintenance and that care in combing, plaiting and braiding be taken to avoid negative health implications.

This includes conditions like Folliculitis – where hair follicles become inflamed.

Dr. Evanson Kamuri is president of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV), chairman of national Kenyan Association of Dermatologists, a consultant dermatologist at Kenyatta National Hospital and director of Prime Care Centre in Nairobi. He also lectures at the University of Nairobi.

He recently addressed the 2nd African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) held in Durban where he spoke about the trend for wearing natural hair in Africa and a need to understand issues around maintaining natural hair.

He said…

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