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"I've only been bald in the privacy of my home and in the company of close friends," Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts says at the beginning of an emotional video in which she revealed she is living with alopecia.

"I do believe going public will help," she says in the video published by The Root. "I'm ready now, because I want to be freed from the secret and the shame that secret carries with it. Because I'm not here just to occupy space — I'm here to create it."

New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.

Ohio State University doctor Sophia Tolliver attends to a patient.
The Ohio State University

A new Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center study finds that doctors may lack the knowledge to help African American women overcome a specific barrier to exercise.

A transmasculine person with a natural hairstyle.
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Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to make it illegal to discriminate against natural hair and hairstyles associated with race.

A customer at Ms. Melanin in Canal Winchester looks at a weave. Ms. Melanin is one of seven black-owned beauty supply stores in the state.
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A city council member in Cincinnati wants to prohibit discrimination against natural hair and natural hairstyles associated with race.

Students in Queen Roshae's Hair Matters class, which is held inside of a mobile salon.
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Queen Roshae shows a group of girls onto the mobile salon bus. They giggle and whisper as they climb aboard, one by one plopping seats on a long bench. School’s out and they’ve come to the Central Community House to wait for their parents to get off work.