A study on scalp hair health and hair care practices among malaysian medical students

Nayak, Satheesha B and Ann, Chua Yuet and Azhar, Azeldeen Bin and Ling, Emily Chan Su and Yen, Wong Hui and Aithal, Ashwini P (2017) A study on scalp hair health and hair care practices among malaysian medical students. International Journal of Trichology, 9 (2). pp. 58-62. ISSN 0974-7753

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Introduction: Scalp care is essential because it determines the health and condition of the hair and prevents the diseases of scalp and hair. The objectives of our study were to correlate race and hair types, to determine the awareness of hair care among Malaysian medical students, and to distinguish the factors that affect the health of hair and scalp. Methodology: It was a cross‑sectional study wherein validated questionnaires were given to 240 medical undergraduate students who belonged to three ethnic races of Malaysia, i.e., Chinese, Malay, and Malaysian Indians after their informed consent. The results were then analyzed using percentage statistics. Results: Chinese students had comparatively healthier scalp without dandruff. Most Chinese and Indians had silky type of hair while Malay had dry, rough hair. Chinese and Indians colored their hair and used various styling methods; while among the Malays, this percentage was very less. Regarding hair care practices, males used only shampoo and females used shampoo and conditioner for hair wash. Students also faced dietary and examination‑related stress. Conclusion: Results indicate that there exist morphological differences in hair among the studied population. Since most students color their hair and employ various hairstyling methods, they should be educated regarding best hair care practices to improve their scalp hair condition and health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hair care; hair care products; hair coloring; hairstyling; scalp hair.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 06:39
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 06:39
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149413

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