An alarming trend is causing the Surgeon General to warn women to put fitness above beauty.
Have you ever considered working out but decided against it because of the possibility that it would mess up your 'do? If this sounds like you, take note: there is a trend among women with relaxed hair to entirely forego a much-needed trip to the gym for a number of reasons.
Beauty Over Health
Some women reason that busting a sweat is a waste of the hard-earned dollars they spent on securing the sleek, straightened look of relaxed hair. This issue has even been brought to the forefront by the surgeon general showing that avoiding exercise in the name of beauty may be a bigger problem than some might have imagined.
In an August interview with CNN, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin called for women to focus on their health instead of their hair. Dr. Benjamin, an African American woman herself with relaxed hair, mentions that “unlike other races and ethnic groups, African Americans can't just wash [our] hair and go out.” She acknowledges that “we need to spend a little bit more time on our hair.”
What that means is that activities which jeopardize the appearance of relaxed hair lead to even more time spent in restyling. For most women, squeezing in a workout is difficult enough. Add the time it takes to entirely restyle your hair, and you can see why more and more women are choosing cute over cardio.