U.S. Surgeon General Says African-American Women Need To Choose Exercise Over Hair

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The U.S. Surgeon General warned African-American women on Wednesday that they are putting their health at risk by choosing not to exercise because of hair concerns.

Owner of Syngeri Salon Karen Gary said there is a way women of color can exercise and also look good, 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported.

Gary said women should wash and trim hair often and use a flat iron. She said that makes hair easier to manage between salon visits.

It will allow women to exercise as well, Gary said.

 "Just like you rebuild your body, you can rebuild your hair." Gary said.

Stefphanie Harper, a client, said her mother died at age 56 from heart disease. She puts off working out regularly because of her job. Being in the public eye, she said she needs to look good.

Harper spends at least $200 a month at the beauty salon to keep a smooth professional look.

Gary said that for generations motion and moisture could undo "the do."  She said Harper should skip the harsh chemicals and use gentle products.

"Do I really want to have to take high blood pressure medicine? Do I really want to be high cholesterol or at risk for certain diseases? And the answer to that is absolutely not!" Harper said.

Gary offers workshops to help women get off the chemical relaxers and back into healthy hair.

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