Course: Management of Alopecia in Female Skin of Color Patients with Hair Curl Types 3-4
Management of Alopecia in Female Skin of Color Patients with Hair Curl Types 3-4
Valerie D. Callender, MD FAAD

Hair in patients of color may present with unique diagnostic and treatment challenges for health care providers unfamiliar with the differences in hair morphology, the various hair curl patterns, and the plethora of ethnic hair grooming practices of women of color. This course will provide an overview of the nuances in the management and treatment strategies of alopecia in female skin of color patients with hair curl patterns 3-4 that represent patients of African descent (tightly curled hair). It has been established that certain hair care practices, such as high-tension hairstyles, excessive heat, and chemical hair relaxers used in hair straightening have been associated with alopecia in this population and include central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) and traction alopecia. In addition, the racial differences in the clinical presentation of frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) in white patients compared to black patients will be discussed. Early recognition and medical intervention of all forms of alopecias in skin of color patients are paramount to prevent further hair loss especially in scarring conditions.


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Valerie D. Callender

Dr. Valerie D. Callender is a Board-Certified Dermatologist who is known for her sensitive and cutting-edge approach to the management of hair loss in women and the treatment of pigmentation disorders. Dr. Callender has performed leadership roles in many dermatological organizations, including the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the Skin of Color Society, where she is Past President of both societies, and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology.

She is the Founder and Medical Director of the Callender Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, which is in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.  Dr. Callender received her medical degree from Howard University, where she also did her residency and currently serves as Professor of Dermatology at the College of Medicine. She is the recipient of the Women’s Dermatologic Society President’s Award and Mentor of the Year Award, and the Dermatology Foundation's Clark W. Finnerud Award. The Clark W. Finnerud Award is given each year to an individual who has devoted extraordinary time and talent as a part-time teacher and clinician.

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