For many black women, working out or having nice hair is a dilemma.

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To exercise, or to have great-looking hair. For many black women, that is the question.

Sweat and water are the enemies of many a costly, painstakingly achieved black hairstyle. And that has doctors, fitness instructors and even the U.S. surgeon general worried it might be keeping many black women from exercising.

Cecilia Blakey has been a group-exercise instructor for 20 years. She teaches aerobics at the YWCA in St. Paul, Minn.’s Selby-Dale neighborhood, which has a significant black population.

“I’d love to have a class full of black women, but the majority of my following is not,” she said. “Sometimes a few will start, but they don’t hold up long-term, and I’d say 90 percent of it’s the hair.”

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