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August is Hair Loss Awareness Month®


The Academy designates each August as Hair Loss Awareness Month®. Millions of people experience hair loss, and most suffer in silence. Many do not know where to turn for help. Others mistakenly believe there is nothing they can do. To dispel these common misconceptions, the Academy sheds light on hair-loss topics every August.

This August, we’re shifting the spotlight from treating hair loss to preventing it. In this month’s video, African-American hair: Tips for everyday care, processing, and styling, you’ll find hair-care tips that can help keep African-American hair healthy and beautiful. Tips include how to add moisture and elasticity to the hair.

Unique in appearance and structure, African-American hair is especially fragile and prone to injury and damage. More than half of African-American women will cite thinning hair or hair loss as their top hair concern. Fortunately, there is a lot African-Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful. Dermatologists recommend following these tips.


SPOT me™ free skin cancer screening program

The Academy's SPOT me™ program mission is to reduce the number of deaths from skin cancer in the United States by educating the public about skin cancer risk and providing free skin cancer screenings to catch skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.

Since the launch of the Academy's national screening program in 1985, the Academy has conducted more than 2.4 million screenings, detected over 200,000 suspicious lesions, and exposed over 26,000 potential melanomas. Learn more and find a SPOT me™ free skin cancer screening event.

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