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Study highlights harmful Black hair care products

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently conducted a study of the safety of hair products across diverse neighborhoods in Boston. BANNER PHOTO

Stores in Black, low-income areas carry more toxic items

Avery Bleichfeld

Stores in Roxbury, Mission Hill and other low-income and predominantly Black neighborhoods in the city are more likely to sell hair care products that contain potentially harmful chemicals when compared to stores in more affluent communities, according to a study conducted in Boston by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The study, published last month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, aims to shed light on an issue that traditionally affects Black women, who have had to radically change their hair and hair care to be socially accepted.

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